Advice About Planning Your Engagement Session

Are you wondering whether you should have an engagement session or how to arrange it, where to do the shoot and why they are so popular? Well, we have the answers for you from fine art Photographer Christina Sarah Photography. She talks you through the engagement shoot, shared her beautiful session with Hayley + Richie, and includes her key tips for you too!

“It’s such a special and exciting time and what better way to celebrate than with an engagement shoot. It’s the perfect way to preserve this special moment with images to last a lifetime and the best way to become comfortable in front of the camera ahead of your big day!

I always suggest my couples choose a location that’s special to them and that they feel comfortable at. Hayley and Richie, one of my lovely 2017 couples, decided to have their engagement shoot in the historic walled Roman city of Chester in Cheshire (a favourite city of mine, second to Bath). Although Chester is a busy city, we were fortunate to have chosen a week day evening that was perfect for us to enjoy the session.

When it comes to having your engagement shoot in a city it is definitely worth thinking about the time you would like to book your e-shoot. As we all know cities are always busy places so choosing a quieter period will ensure less people are in the background of your photos. Of course in cities such as Paris this is a little more difficult but there are always quiet times and your photographer will be able to advise you on locations they are personally familiar with.

When it came to Hayley and Richie’s engagement shoot in Chester we knew that the city would be quieter on a week day evening after five than it would have been on a weekend when the riverside can be full of families enjoying an ice cream or boating on the river Dee. Plus many photographers are capturing weddings on weekends so weekdays are usually the times for e-shoots.



Choosing a weekday evening allowed us more opportunities to get the photographs we wanted much more easily. So it is definitely worth considering having your e-shoot in the early evening after rush hour allowing you to enjoy a more relaxed session and take advantage of that lovely ‘golden hour’ light before the sun sets. Another possibility could be to opt for an early morning engagement shoot when everywhere is lovely and quiet (only recommended for the early birds).

It is also worth bearing in mind that if your city engagement shoot is in the evening some public parks/areas may close earlier than you think so make sure to check those places out so that you are not disappointed.

Try to pick places within or around the city that are special to the two of you, maybe it’s the place you first met or where your proposal happened or even a spot or two that you both like to visit and relax at regularly, somewhere that holds a special place in your hearts. Of course there are always iconic areas in a city where you would like to have photos taken but there are always lesser known more intimate and equally beautiful areas to a city where you could consider having your engagement shoot.


  • I normally suggest booking in your session 2-4 months in advance to avoid stress.
  • Sometimes couples choose two locations for their e-shoot. A general rule of thumb is the more locations and outfits, the less images, but the more variety you’ll have!
  • Last but not least… Relax! You don’t have to be a pro at this! Your photographer is going to help you along the way and it’s going to be fun! Enjoy this time together, and make a date out of it! Plan dinner afterwards and celebrate!!”




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