March 26, 2020
There are 5 crucial and easy steps needed to effectively plan your engagement session with minimal stress and optimal outcome. In completing these 5 steps below, your engagement session will be planned quickly and will make the most of our time together creating beautiful long-lasting memory keepsakes of your time as an engaged couple!
I’d highly suggest taking a few moments to envision your session with your fiance before starting the steps below. Jot your ideas and dreams down on a piece of paper or on your notes on your phone. That way you will already have an idea of what you want before the planning process begins. This will also help in reducing the number of decisions you have to make which ultimately makes it less stressful! I am so excited to work with you soon!
Step 1: Pick the Season
What season would you like to have your session in? Some couples decide to have it during the same season as their wedding but some need it to be sooner because of timing with Save The Dates. It also depends on when you got engaged and how much time there is between that and your wedding date. This decision is entirely up to you both! Will it be during the spring, summer, fall, or winter?
Step 2: Choose a Date
I schedule sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays first before any other day of the week. I am not available on Sundays unless the weather becomes an issue and a reschedule is required. Once we narrow down the season, I will send over some available dates that I have in my calendar.
Step 3: Narrow Down a Time
This will be either in the morning or evening depending on my availability and your preference. Both happen during the golden hours which are within 2 hours of the sun rising in the morning or 2 hours before the sunsets in the evening. Specific times will be determined based on the season that you choose and the date that works for us both.
Step 4: Pick a Location
Rural or Urban. This is one of the most popular questions I get about engagement sessions. First of all, you will want to consider what you envision your session to look like. Do you picture it in nature with a rural setting or do you picture it next to beautiful architecture with an urban setting? Maybe both?
After that, I typically suggest that with your vision in mind, consider using a place that has significant meaning to you both. Maybe it is where you went on your first date or where he proposed. Maybe it is family property that you both love visiting. That will help narrow things down and make your session more special/personalized.
The following are some location options to consider…
– Sentimental settings: family property, proposal site, your home, a park you love to walk at, your college, where you met, etc.
– Other settings: nature parks, Shades State Park, Turkey Run State Park, Eagle Creek State Park, the canal in downtown Indy, creeks, ponds, streets, allies, old downtowns, coffee shops, etc.
Step 5: Plan your Outfits
This is a very important step to consider when planning your engagement session. This is a once in a lifetime chance to dress up, be models for a day and have fun at a photoshoot! That’s why I suggest going the extra mile by getting your nails done, having a trial run of your makeup, and specifically shopping for new outfits that are dressier than what you normally wear. Trust me, putting a little bit of extra effort into this step will make the biggest difference!
To help with this step even more, I’ve created a few Pinterest boards full of outfit inspirations catered to each of the seasons. These are designed to inspire and mimic what you could choose to wear for your session…
I am happy to help even more with outfit planning or anything else you need. Send me your photos/questions if you want to step up your session even more and create the most stunning photos ever! I look forward to our time together during your engagement session. It’s going to be so much fun!!