EriePics™ an Erie Photography™ Studio – Professional Photographers

When To Take Engagement Photos

The question has been popped and the answer is YES!! Now, when to take Engagement Photos? We’re going to cover all of the possibilities here from when you book your Wedding Photographer, to how far in advance you should have your engagement session. We’ll also talk about the best times of year AND what time of day works best for Engagement Pictures. 

Stick around because this is going to be an exciting ride full of lots of crucial information to help you have the most amazing Engagement Photography Session ever!

When to take engagement pictures
When to take engagement pictures

When To Book Your Wedding Photographer

If you’re wondering when to take Engagement Photos you have to begin with finding the perfect Photographer for you. So, the very first question you should be asking yourself is: When should I book my Wedding Photographer? The answer: As soon as possible.

Wedding Photographers should be booked as quickly as you can after you have your venue booked. Booking your venue is the security of knowing your Wedding Date. As soon as you know that date you should settle on the photographer you want. You can find some helpful advice on Finding the Best Wedding Photographer.

How Far Out To Book Your Engagement Session

While searching for your Wedding Photographer you’ll notice most packages include a compimentary Engagement Session. That’s because photographers realize that an Engagement Session is good for both you and them. It’s the first time you really get to spend time together to get to know each other. This encounter can make you feel much more comfortable on your Wedding Day when things are rushed and stressful. It’s also essential to making the announcement to your friends and family about your upcoming wedding plans! Think….Save the Dates.

If you’re sending out Save the Dates, when to take your Engagement Photos is easy. You’ll want to do it 12-6 months prior to your wedding day. Remember that typical photo turn around time can be 4-8 weeks depending on what time of year you have your Engagement Session. (If you book during your Photographers busy wedding season the wait will be longer.) After getting your Viewing Gallery you’ll need time to choose your photo and order cards. Save the Dates should go out at least 6 months prior to your wedding day. Sooner, if your wedding falls near a holiday date. You want to give people as much time to prepare to attend your wedding as possible.

The next item to consider is well…your actual wedding day. A lot of couples we work with want to tie their Engagement Session in with their Wedding Celebration by wearing their wedding color pallette or taking photos in the same season of the year that their wedding will take place. If that’s the case, obviously you’ll want to hold your engagement session 14-10 months before your wedding day as seasons are about 3-4 months long. 

When to book engagement pictures
when to book engagement photos
when to book engagement pictures

What Season Works Best

The decision on when to take Engagement Photos can rely heavily on the season of the year, as we talked about above. Many couples choose to do an Engagement Session 10-12 months prior to their wedding day to ‘set the stage’. This is especially nice for fall themed weddings when you have the red and orange of nature in your engagement photos as well. Or a gentle snow fall in your Save the Dates to celebrate your upcoming winter wedding.

The next seasonal thing to consider is your personal favorite time of year together. We photographed one couple who was very active in the winter together. They were involved in winter sports so taking their Engagement Photos in the winter made sense. Outdoor winter activities were a large part of their love story. Think about what you enjoy doing together as a couple and try to bring that joy of the season into your session.

The last thing to consider when deciding when to take engagement photos is the one couples don’t usually think about. We touched on it already. You MUST consider your photographers schedule. In the Northwest Wedding Season runs strong from mid-May to late October with the busiest time running from late July to the end of October. Ask your photographer how heavily booked they are during the time you want to take engagment pictures. If it’s during their busy time you will not be able to get a Saturday date and you will wait twice as long to get your photos back because they are so busy capturing someone else’s wedding.

when to book engagement pictures

What Time of Day Is Best For Engagement Photos?

Now that you’ve decided ‘when to take engagement pictures’ you need to decide ‘when to take engagement pictures’. What? Did I just stutter? No. I mean…what time of day is best for Engagement Photos. Start by asking yourself what you want to capture. If you’re taking outdoor photos the sunlight, or lack thereof, will affect your decision.

First, any good professional photographer will tell you about the “Golden Hour”. This is our dream time to take photos. It’s the time of day when the sun’s gorgeous rays are soft and compliment everyone. There are 2 hours each day. For early morning risers, it’s right after the sun emerges. For everyone else, it’s right before the sunsets.

The next thing to think about is High Noon. You know why they called it High Noon in all those old Westerns? Because the sun is highest in the sky at that time. It’s roughly noon to two o’clock each day. It’s the least flattering time of day to take outdoor photos. The sun is at it’s hottest, so you can find yourself sweltering in the summer. It’s also at it’s brightest, leaving you squinting in every photo. Be cautious with planning your session during this time of day.

when to book engagement pictures
when to book engagement pictures
when to book engagement pictures

Now that you’ve got a good idea on when to take engagement photos it’s time to book your session and move on to planning other things like What to Wear For Engagement Photos and Where to Take Engagement Pictures. Good luck!

Begin Planning Your Photo Shoot

You can schedule your Engagement Photos with us now that you have an idea of when to capture them. If you’ve already booked your wedding and your engagement session is included or if you’re still deciding on a photographer but want to get those photos sooner than later, it’s easy to reach out for a quick consult meeting.

Book Erie Photography, Photographer Services for Your Wedding or Next Event.

Erie Photography™

Erie Wedding & Event Services
Wedding Disc Jockey | Erie Photography | Wedding Photo Booth | Wedding Videography
1001 State Street, Suite 1400, Erie, PA 16501
814.246.2148 | |

About Erie Photography

Erie Photography is a team of talented local photographers. We proudly offer photography for every moment of your life. In addition, we offer a combination of photography styles to suit your needs. Further more, we happily edit in a number of popular styles to complete your success story! Above all, our clients satisfaction is our primary goal.

Family Photography

Our Family Photography focuses on preserving your family’s milestones. Your photographer will work with you so they understand what will make your photo session a success.

Wedding Photos

Your Wedding Photography will capture your love story. Your Wedding Photographer will work alongside you to ensure that your personalities and story are elegantly captured to share.

Portrait Shoots

Our Portrait Photography covers everything from Maternity Photos to Newborn Sessions to Senior Photography. Celebrate your milestones with a Professional Portraiture Session.

Plan Your Wedding Photography

Now that you’re inspired by Sarah & Robert’s story we want to hear from you. What are your unique wedding plans? Our photography team can’t wait to capture your love story.