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The 4 Ways Seasons Affect Your Engagement Session

February 28, 2018

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The 4 Ways Seasons Affect Your Engagement Session

February 28, 2018

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4 Ways Seasons Affect Your Engagement Session | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Houston, Texas Wedding Photographer

Your Perfect Engagement Session Portrait

Close your eyes for a moment. Picture your man’s arms wrapped around you- he’s nuzzling in and you’re laughing casually towards me and my camera. What are you and fiancé wearing? What is the scene around you? What does your perfect engagement session portrait look like? Seasons have a big impact on your engagement session. Unless you’re actively thinking about how seasons affect your engagement session it might catch you off guard.

Usually, when you plan your engagement session the timeline is more front of mind. Which is definitely a deciding factor in timing! (Side note- I recommend you plan your engagement session at least 3-6 months before your wedding day!)

Your favorite time of year as a couple should also be a factor when planning your engagement session date. Your favorite types of clothes to wear and favorite activities you like to do together. It all matters! These photos will be displayed throughout your home, with your save the dates, gifted to family, and passed down to your children as heirlooms.

So, of course, these photos need to reflect you well! Create a scenario in which the seasons affect your engagement session in a positive way- make the seasons work for you and your relationship!

How seasons affect your engagement session

The Activities You Love As a Couple

Do you and your fiance love Sunday picnics at your favorite spot overlooking the city? Do you two love scoping out museums and monuments together? Do you take out your boat soaking up the sun and having date days together on the water?

No matter what you two enjoy doing during your time together there’s a way to celebrate it with your engagement session! I’m so passionate about your engagement session location reflecting you well as a couple. So much so that I’ve written a blog post all about it- you can read it here.

This may sound obvious, but if you love picnicking with your man in the Spring and Summer and want to incorporate that into your engagement photographs we need to be photographing in those seasons! If you two built a snowman on your very first date and want to commemorate that with building a snowman in a few of your portraits we will want to schedule your engagement session for the winter time.

Seasons can be so important when incorporating your relationships special memories and hobbies and activities! The scenarios I mentioned may seem overly obvious, but seasons are easy to forget while you’re fitting all-the-things into your timeline leading up to your wedding day.

Your Engagement Session Background

So, you’ve chosen your engagement session locations based on important milestones or activities in your relationship. Great! Now think about how the changing seasons will affect those locations. Do you like the location in the Spring and Summer but not so much in the Fall and Winter? Or maybe it’s a lovely Winter location, but you aren’t sure about how it looks in the Summer.

There are some locations that look amazing all year round! My favorite places to photograph engagement sessions are very architecturally centered. These types of locations look epic all year around. There might be more flower beds in the Spring and Summer, but if you need to photograph your engagement portraits in the Winter months architecture photographs excellently!

The Time of Day We Photograph

Being a natural light photographer, I require natural light for engagement sessions. This is not true for your entire wedding day by any means, but with portrait sessions, I only use natural light (trust me, you’ll love me for this!).

The time that we start photographing your engagement session will depend on sunset time (or sunrise if we are having a morning session!). In the Winter the sun sets earlier so you can expect to get started at 3 p.m.

In the Spring and Fall it really varies because of time changes, but two hours before sunset is when we will begin.

Summer calls for later sessions, we will start your session around 6:30 p.m. because the sun sets close to 8:30 p.m.

We will work closely with your session time! This is just a framework to get you to see how seasons affect your engagement session time. Some seasons may require you to take a day off of work in order to be prepared. During other seasons you may only need to take a few hours off or none at all.

Your Clothing Options

This is one of the biggest ways seasons affect your engagement session! If you’re dreaming of wearing a beautiful sleeveless silk blouse and tulle skirt in your engagement photographs we will need to plan for late Spring to Summer months.

It’s worth it to dress weather and season appropriate! “But Alicia, It’s only for a few hours- I’ll be fine.” If you are not dressed weather appropriate it will show in your photos. I cannot say this enough.

I love photographing the excitement and genuine happiness surrounding your relationship, and when you’re cold or uncomfortable that shows through more than the genuine happiness. So I cannot recommend enough that we plan your engagement session for a season that matches the clothing you love the most and feel the most yourself in!

Let’s work together!

Seasons can be a big deal! It’s my job to work closely with you to create an engagement session that is unique to your relationship. An engagement session that tells your story well. One that represents your love for each other in a way you’ll want to display for years to come.

Here’s a recap of the ways seasons can affect your engagement session- could limit what activities we can photograph, affect the backgrounds in your portraits, the time of day to photograph, and clothing choices.

 

 

4 Ways Seasons Affect Your Engagement Session | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Houston, Texas Wedding Photographer

Your Perfect Engagement Session Portrait

Close your eyes for a moment. Picture your man’s arms wrapped around you- he’s nuzzling in and you’re laughing casually towards me and my camera. What are you and fiancé wearing? What is the scene around you? What does your perfect engagement session portrait look like? Seasons have a big impact on your engagement session. Unless you’re actively thinking about how seasons affect your engagement session it might catch you off guard.

Usually, when you plan your engagement session the timeline is more front of mind. Which is definitely a deciding factor in timing! (Side note- I recommend you plan your engagement session at least 3-6 months before your wedding day!)

Your favorite time of year as a couple should also be a factor when planning your engagement session date. Your favorite types of clothes to wear and favorite activities you like to do together. It all matters! These photos will be displayed throughout your home, with your save the dates, gifted to family, and passed down to your children as heirlooms.

So, of course, these photos need to reflect you well! Create a scenario in which the seasons affect your engagement session in a positive way- make the seasons work for you and your relationship!

How seasons affect your engagement session

The Activities You Love As a Couple

Do you and your fiance love Sunday picnics at your favorite spot overlooking the city? Do you two love scoping out museums and monuments together? Do you take out your boat soaking up the sun and having date days together on the water?

No matter what you two enjoy doing during your time together there’s a way to celebrate it with your engagement session! I’m so passionate about your engagement session location reflecting you well as a couple. So much so that I’ve written a blog post all about it- you can read it here.

This may sound obvious, but if you love picnicking with your man in the Spring and Summer and want to incorporate that into your engagement photographs we need to be photographing in those seasons! If you two built a snowman on your very first date and want to commemorate that with building a snowman in a few of your portraits we will want to schedule your engagement session for the winter time.

Seasons can be so important when incorporating your relationships special memories and hobbies and activities! The scenarios I mentioned may seem overly obvious, but seasons are easy to forget while you’re fitting all-the-things into your timeline leading up to your wedding day.

Your Engagement Session Background

So, you’ve chosen your engagement session locations based on important milestones or activities in your relationship. Great! Now think about how the changing seasons will affect those locations. Do you like the location in the Spring and Summer but not so much in the Fall and Winter? Or maybe it’s a lovely Winter location, but you aren’t sure about how it looks in the Summer.

There are some locations that look amazing all year round! My favorite places to photograph engagement sessions are very architecturally centered. These types of locations look epic all year around. There might be more flower beds in the Spring and Summer, but if you need to photograph your engagement portraits in the Winter months architecture photographs excellently!

The Time of Day We Photograph

Being a natural light photographer, I require natural light for engagement sessions. This is not true for your entire wedding day by any means, but with portrait sessions, I only use natural light (trust me, you’ll love me for this!).

The time that we start photographing your engagement session will depend on sunset time (or sunrise if we are having a morning session!). In the Winter the sun sets earlier so you can expect to get started at 3 p.m.

In the Spring and Fall it really varies because of time changes, but two hours before sunset is when we will begin.

Summer calls for later sessions, we will start your session around 6:30 p.m. because the sun sets close to 8:30 p.m.

We will work closely with your session time! This is just a framework to get you to see how seasons affect your engagement session time. Some seasons may require you to take a day off of work in order to be prepared. During other seasons you may only need to take a few hours off or none at all.

Your Clothing Options

This is one of the biggest ways seasons affect your engagement session! If you’re dreaming of wearing a beautiful sleeveless silk blouse and tulle skirt in your engagement photographs we will need to plan for late Spring to Summer months.

It’s worth it to dress weather and season appropriate! “But Alicia, It’s only for a few hours- I’ll be fine.” If you are not dressed weather appropriate it will show in your photos. I cannot say this enough.

I love photographing the excitement and genuine happiness surrounding your relationship, and when you’re cold or uncomfortable that shows through more than the genuine happiness. So I cannot recommend enough that we plan your engagement session for a season that matches the clothing you love the most and feel the most yourself in!

Let’s work together!

Seasons can be a big deal! It’s my job to work closely with you to create an engagement session that is unique to your relationship. An engagement session that tells your story well. One that represents your love for each other in a way you’ll want to display for years to come.

Here’s a recap of the ways seasons can affect your engagement session- could limit what activities we can photograph, affect the backgrounds in your portraits, the time of day to photograph, and clothing choices.

 

 

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  1. Andrea says:

    So true! I’ve found that my most favorite seasons to shoot in are always the ones I’m currently in…right now- love dreamy winter scenes with bright colored hats and scarfs. But in the summer…there’s that light and pretty flowy dresses with soft breezes…it’s all fun!

    • I know that struggle! I usually feel that way too, except now that we’re into March and we just got our BIGGEST snow here… I’m ready for those pretty flowy dresses 😉 Thanks for chiming in, Andrea! <3

  2. Very insightful! I will definitely make sure to share this post with my clients! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Teresa Woodhull says:

    I love all of these tips! Timing is so so important, and the seasons can totally effect things as well. Thank you for sharing!

    • And sometimes you don’t even think about the season! Especially in areas that don’t get much of the four seasons- you never know when your town will decide it’s actually Winter one year! Thanks so much for commenting, Teresa, and I’m happy you found it helpful!

  4. Kathryn says:

    This is such a fun way to think about when to take your engagement photos! It is about more than just photos of the two of you, but also your hobbies, outfits, background options… such great tips for couples to think about and plan around!

  5. Kira says:

    Great advice for engagement sessions. My personal favorite season is fall sessions. Love all the colors we get to work with.

  6. Joshua says:

    You gave really great advices! I struggled to think of great place or activity for our engagement since this photographer didn’t offer any suggestions. Big mistake! Wish I read that before that. Oh well…

    • I wish I could have steered you in the right direction! It can be so so difficult as you know all too well. Thanks so much for leaving your experience here- you may just help others, Joshua!

  7. Melissa Hirsch says:

    Yess so true! When you book your wedding photographer far in advance you have plenty of time to plan your engagement session in your favorite season! I love shooting in the Fall in Colorado 🙂

  8. Melissa says:

    All great tips! I always emphasize the time of day and outfits as a game changer for your photographs. I love shooting in the summer up in the PNW because the sun is always out and sunsets are incredible!

    • Absolutely! Total game changers for sure. And I’m so jealous of your sun! You inspired my Instagram post for today actually, haha. The sun just gets me. Unfortunately, I feel like I don’t see it much in Germany!

  9. Katie Graham says:

    This is so well written and helpful! I love it! A great post jam-packed with great, helpful information! xx

  10. jiyeon says:

    yassss! such a perfect article for this engagement season!!! I love how you wrote such great tips!

  11. Joy says:

    Thank you for sharing! This is very insightful! Bookmarking this post!

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