Post # 1
Hi everyone! I’ve been reading the boards since I got engaged two months ago but this is my first post. I’m getting married in July and am not sure what to do about my engagement pictures. We got engaged at the end of August and had to book things pretty much right away because lots of things were already booked for July, so we did get our photographer mid-September. We get an engagement session included in our package and they just told us to contact them whenever we wanted to do it. We aren’t doing save the dates so I figured there was no rush, and maybe we would just do them in the spring just to have the photos and get comfortable being photographed but now it’s so pretty outside with the leaves and everything that I was thinking maybe we should take advantage of that. I’m in Philadelphia and it might not be warm until April, maybe March if we are lucky but it could still be freezing in March and then we won’t really want to be outside for pictures. Would it be stupid to have them done in April or May, so close to the wedding? I don’t even know what kind of availability my photographer has in the next couple weeks so it may not even be an option to do them now. I was just thinking that (and this is so shallow) I’ve gained about 10 lbs and don’t want to be fat in my engagement pictures! I can lose that weight in 2 months but then it will be winter and I don’t know about pictures outside then either!
Sorry, this is rambling. Would you recommend seeing what’s available and trying to do them in the pretty fall weather, while we are both fat (well we aren’t fat but fatter than we would like) or wait until the spring? Thanks for your input!!
Post # 3
Lol ok calm down! if you think you will feel more comfortable in your own skin by winter having lost some weight, then wait. You could a snowfall engagement session. If your photographer knows what they are doing, the photos can be dreamy, like this one http://amandahein.com/amandaheinblog/?p=1659
I’m a photographer, and I wished a couple wanted to do a snowy engagement session, I’m dying to do one. If you are self conscious about your body, it might show in your photos if you do them now. Self confidence is apparent in photos, so do it when you feel more comfortable with your body.
Post # 4
I was wondering the same thing! Congratulations, by the way! We got engaged and are getting married in the same months! We will be getting married on July 5th. I am wanting to do our engagement pictures this month because Mr. King works out of town but he will be home for Thanksgiving. I want to display an engagement picture or two at the wedding and wondered if it would be silly for the engagement pictures to be done in a different season than the wedding (especially if being displayed).
Post # 5
Breathe and relax!!! Now, CONGRATS!!!! We actually got engaged around the same time. My photographer was booked within the same week of us getting engaged. We took summer pics at the beginning of September in 70 degree weather and now we are taking Fall pics in 50 degree weather. I think it’s personal perference and since you aren’t using them as STD’s then it’s totally up to you!
Post # 6
Congrats on your engagement. I think e-pics in either season would be pretty.
Post # 7
We did our engagement photos about 2 months before the wedding. (I am not a fan of picture STD’s so we were in no rush to take the photos)
I wanted the weather to be warm so that I could wear a dress and shoes.
My suggestion is to have the photo shoot whenever you feel you will look/feel your best.
There are always great photo opportunities regardless of the season. I thought most of my photos would take place by the water. However, it was so sunny out the day of my photos that the water shots were not working out and we ended up taking most of the photos in a park. The photos came out great (the trees and flowers were amazing).
Your photographer should be able to maximize any venue you select so again pick a time when you feel that you will be at your best……
Post # 8
Thanks for the input everyone! I have been thinking about it and we will probably wait until spring, or maybe in the winter…those snow pictures are really beautiful.
Post # 9
@justpeachy123: I’d try for early spring and it depends on the weather in your area. Snow pictures are pretty but you wouldn’t last more than 15 min in the cold and you really need a solid 1 – 2 hrs for engagement photos!