The Ultimate Guide To Getting Ready For Your Engagement Session

I’m a HUGE fan when it comes to engagement sessions for a few reasons. One, an engagement session allows you to get comfortable in front of the camera before your wedding day. It takes time for most couples to warm up to being photographed and understand how to pose. And two, you can showcase your personalities in a more casual setting that is significant to the two of you (and even include pets!). While they’re great for save-the-dates, we’ve taken engagement photos anywhere from 18 months in advance to a few days before the wedding. 

There is a lot to think about when it comes to planning an engagement session and since I get asked the same things over and over again, I thought it would be the most beneficial if I put together a guide that walks you through everything you need to know before your special day. The guide I provide covers what to wear, posing guidance, location suggestions, the best timeframe for your photos and more!

What To Wear For Your Engagement Session

When picking outfits for your engagement session, always try to compliment each others outfits. Try to choose outfits in the same color family. If the groom is wearing a plaid shirt, maybe try to pick out a dress based on the different colors in the plaid!

Generally couples pick two outfits for an engagement session: a more formal outfit and a casual outfit. If you have a favorite outfit, try saving it for later in the session! That is usually when couples feel more confident and comfortable. And don’t forget to bring a few accessories and props! Whether its a bottle of champagne, dried flower arrangements or letter boards.

Posing Guidance For Your Engagement Session

When it comes to posing for your engagement session, you don’t need to worry about a thing! I’ll guide you through the entire process beginning with “poses” that are super easy and will make you feel comfortable. If I tell you to do something that feels a little funny, it’s probably because I know it’s going to make the two of you laugh – and that’s the photo I’m actually looking for. During your session, I will monitor your hair, makeup, and attire to ensure that everything remains intact for your special pictures. I want you to feel as relaxed as possible and enjoy your time together!

Location Suggestions in San Luis Obispo + Santa Barbara County

I love when my clients choose a location for their session that complements them. For example if you’re planning a boho, elegant country wedding, it may be fitting to take your engagement portraits at a venue or a barn, while a local park or wildflower fields may be more fitting for a couple planning a more rustic wedding. Try to think of a place that is meaningful for you as a couple, but if you need help I’m down to make suggestions! My engagement guide includes more specific places once you book with me!

Is There A “Good” Time To Take Engagement Photos?

Engagement sessions can take place anywhere and anytime from immediately following your engagement to just a few days before the big day! There isn’t necessarily a “good” or “bad” time to take your photos. I normally plan sessions based on a particular vibe the couple is going for or based on schedules. I schedule sessions based on the best time of the day for lighting – which means that it’s super important to be on time. If you’re late to an evening session, we could run out of light before we’ve finished shooting! Likewise, if your session takes place in the morning, the sun gets more intense as it rises and can alter that morning look.

Alyssa Flores Photography | San Luis Obispo Engagement + Wedding Photographer

Now that you have the basics of what it is like to work with me, head over to my contact page so we can get to planning your engagement session! You will then get FULL access to my ultimate engagement session guide that will tell you everything you need to know to be prepared.