Choosing an Engagement session location can be a daunting task sometimes. I am going to give you 5 questions to ask in order to help you narrow down an engagement session location, or just help you if you’re stumped. A lot of these examples will be Birmingham related, but that is because I am a Birmingham based photographer. This can be applied to any location though, no matter where you live.
So unless you plan to do a destination engagement session, where you live is a great place to start. If you just have zero ideas, ask your photographer for a list of locations in your area. Most photographers keep a list on hand. I have a list for each of the big cities surrounding close or surrounding me so Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, and Auburn all have lists.
In my area their are a lot of colleges ( UAB, Samford University, Auburn University, University of Alabama) and so a lot of my couples have met at these places, and it is fun to go back and take pictures where it all started! I have also had couples meet in more random spots around the city, so you definitely do not have to live in a college town for this to be true.
There are some popular proposal spots here in Birmingham. A few of my couples have gone back to where he proposed to get pictures. Another thing that some guys do is a surprise proposal. This kills two birds with one stone by having the proposal and engagement session all in one. It is definitely something to think about.
I love it when my couples have their engagement sessions at their venue. It is so fun to listen to them dream about their future wedding while walking around. I also love taking a few pictures in some key spots, and then reenacting them on their wedding day. It always creates such special moments.
This one can be kind of confusing, but if you and your fiancé are really laid back and have a more rustic look to your wedding, you may not want to have a downtown urban feel to your engagement session. Taking pictures on a parking deck in downtown Birmingham may not be your style. So see if your photographer knows of a more rustic location not necessarily in the city. This is true for the opposite. If you and your fiancé are not rustic or country at all, then a downtown urban engagement would be more for you. You can hear more about this one up in the video.
I know it is not always easy choosing an engagement session location, but I hope this helps. I give all kind of tips like this on my YouTube and instagram. I would love for you to follow along!
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