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Engagement Photography - The Basics

Engagement photography is a great way to remember and cherish the first moments of your official path to marriage. It's important to make sure that you are getting the very best images and that your engagement photos are exactly what you want. Engagement portrait sessions usually last for a few hours depending on how your photographer structures his or her sessions. You'll be able to select from an indoor studio option, outdoor or a combination of the two. Pay special attention to the photographer's other engagement photography work within their portfolio. Once you have chosen your engagement photography expert, work closely with her or him to craft a plan for pictures that will capture the soul of your relationship. You should consult your photographer about certain things that can really make your wedding album or announcements interesting and creative. You can talk about the themes and locations that might be more relevant and more comfortable to you as a couple and arrange the ideas that will work best. And if your engagement is a surprise - make sure your engagement photographer is discreet and charming (you don't want the photo shoot to keep you from a happy "yes").

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Tips for Engagement Photography


Find Your Style

The best method for selecting an engagement photographer is to consider the purpose of the shoot, what you have in mind for the images, your budget and timeline. Look for a photographer whose portfolio has examples similar to what you have in mind.


Decide On Deliverables

Be sure to consult with your engagement photographer on what your goals are for the shoot and what you intend to do with the images. You should also consider what your turnaround time ideally looks like. With this info the photographer can send you a proposal on what they can achieve and for what price. Make sure you review the proposal and ask any questions to make the contract as clear as possible prior to the shoot.



Popular engagement photographers book up fast, so the sooner you reach out the more likely they’ll be able to shot on the date that works for your proposal plan.


After The Shoot

Most engagement pictures will be delivered digitally. If you use SmartShoot, you can use the image preview room to select your favorites. Engagement photos are often touched up in post-production (where the photographer corrects lighting, color grades or removes blemishes, etc from the image).

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How much do Engagement Photos cost?

Engagement photography is generally priced by the session and may include extra cost for digital or printed files. Sessions will usually last a few hours and cover several locations and/or looks. It's important to find a photographer whose style and price point fit your needs. Sessions usually start around $100 and can be upwards of $500. In some cases, engagement pictures come included with your wedding package.

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Engagement Photography Session (2 Hours)

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