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5 Tips for Choosing Engagement Photo Location

One of the most freuquently asked question I get from my brides is "where should we go for our engagament photos?" What a GREAT question! I know it can seem stressful trying to nail down all those details but here are a couple of tips to help you choose.



Choose a location that is special to you! This is the most important one in my opinion. Yeah, we can make anywhere and still come out with some pretty awesome photos, but doing some where special to you just adds another layer to your photos. Looking back at them you can say "oh that's where we had out first date" or "we frequently go there to celebrate!" 

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Choose somewhere you're comfortable being you.  Who you are, what you normally wear, what you normally like to do. I know this sounds a little weird but if sitting by the fireplace in your backyard is a place you are most relaxed then choose that! Are you the most comfortable at home cooking dinner with your France DO THAT! You're thinking that's not that glamorous but those photos will turn out amazing because you are both comfortable. (And bonus your photographer gets a taste test ...you know just in case ...) 

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Choose a Location that is higher up if sunset photos are your favorites. I always try to book our session together around the time the sunsets. Those are be far some of my favorite photos I take. To get those having a location where the sun is setting around you but also having it in a deep valley we have to adjust where the sun is going to be. This is something I think about all the time.



Make sure your Location is Photo friendly. There are some location where the location itself limits photography on their site or requires a permit with payment. Look into places that don't have restrictions or find out the restrictions ahead of time. I have found that majority of the time I call ahead they are really friendly and willing to work with us to get your beautiful photos. But when I haven't called ahead of time and we just show up, it can get a little hostel! Trust me it is not that fun to have to run away from people in this way. 

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If you want to bring your furbaby, check ahead of time that the location allows it or if they have any restrictions. Following the rules makes for a much happier session I promise!  I LOVE shooting with you with your pets. I believe they are a big part of your family ( I have two cats of my own that I love and sing to often.)  Just double checking they are allowed or looking for a location that doesn't have a pet restricting is key!

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Bringing Your Pet To Your Engagement Session | Minneapolis Wedding Photography | Tips for Brides

I LOVE animals and I know I am not the only one! I love cuddling with my two cats who I swear have two goals everyday : one- must eat the moment their humans wake up and two- keep their humans lap warm! No complaints from me!(said human)  

Pets are part of the family! So I understand when you want to have them in your engagement photos; I have a couple of tips to make your fur babies photography experience great!


Bring a third party to look after your animal once they are done with photos! Majority of the time  your animal will only be in 1/3 of your totally engagment session. The other 2/3 of the time you want to focus on just you too and nothing with take up more time and attention then a cute distracted bored animal! To keep your focus on you having a third person their will keep everything running smoothly! 


It doesnt just have to be your dog in the photos. Dogs are the most common for sessions but you are welcome to bring any pet that you want to incorporate into your photos ! For bigger animals like horses it may be easiest to plan on going where they are housed over bringing them to your engagement spot ! 

Have treats at the ready. A photo session is exciting for even the most well behaved of animals. Having their favorite treat will help keep them motivated and help me to get their attention when he is the star of the photo!  


Bring a leash for all animals! Nothing would be more horrifying than losing an animal during the session! When we are out shooting in public, it is new territory for your pet and that can be intense for any animal. To make sure their fears and uncertainties don't cause them to flee , play on the safe side and put them on a leash or a harness to grab them at a moments notice if they get too overwhelmed.  If your pet is new to the harness definitely have them wear it a couple of times around the house to get used to it before the shoot! It is one less thing to trigger stress on the day of the shoot!

Same Tips Apply for the Wedding Day! <3

Do you have any helpful tips to add? Please leave a comment below to fill us in on things I over looked!  


When To Book Your Engagement Session | For MW Brides | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

When is the right time to book your engagament photography session? I have got you, girl. 

Plan for your favorite season! Up here in Minnesota we have all four seasons! My favorite season is winter. The snow is makes the world magical. Plan on shooting the season you want to be a part of within the year of your wedding. 

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Many use engagememt photos for their save the dates! To make sure you have plenty of time to shoot the session and your photographer has time to edit to perfection and deliver and then add in the time to order and be delivered. I would suggest to have your engagement session shot 2 months before you plan on sending out your save the dates. That will give you time for all the mentioned process above to take place!

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From a photographers standpoint you want to avoid shooting your session too late in advance. I would suggest having your photos done not later than 2 months before your wedding. This will give you plenty of time to have your photographer shoot and edit and send back your photos. 


Do you need more engagement session tips? I have a handful of blog posts that will better prepare you for your engagement session!  
1) http://www.mwphotographymn.com/blog/2015/9/7/3-tips-to-rock-your-engagement-shoot
2) http://www.mwphotographymn.com/blog/what-to-wear-to-your-engagement-shoot
3) http://www.mwphotographymn.com/blog/howtoprepareforwinterengagementsession