April 17, 2020
You’ve changed your relationship status on Facebook to “engaged” and you’re suddenly inundated with sponsored ads from thirsty wedding vendors (“BOOK YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA ENGAGEMENT SESSION NOW!”) and “OMG YOU’RE ENGAGED” posts. Now that all your favorite people know, and after a fresh mani (because ring selfies!) I bet you’re sitting there like “Ok now what?”
I mean obviously I’m hoping you’re considering me to photograph such an important day in your lives, (you’re here, aren’t ya?) but before we go all the way – have you considered an engagement session?
OF COURSE YOU HAVE.
This blog isn’t here to guide you through the entire wedding process, but after you’ve selected your date and venue, it’s time to start thinking about how your wedding day and the events surrounding it will go down in history – photographically of course.
Aside from providing you with beautiful, emotional portraits in a casual setting, engagement sessions allow us to get to know each other before the big day. Knowing what to expect from your photographer and feeling relaxed in front of the camera are critical for photographic success on the big day.
Also, I tend to get STUPID excited over good light and snuggly couples. It’s nice to get used to that “Sonju Grunt” way before the wedding day so you don’t think I’m a huge weirdo.
So let’s break it down:
-Trial run for the big day
-Chance to see how your makeup will photograph (some clients like to schedule their makeup trial on the same day!)
-Get used to the #sonjugrunt
-New photos for the ‘gram
-Upgrade your sign-in book/wedding website/FB profile with fresh photos
The truth is, the location isn’t as important as how you two interact in front of my camera (and I’ll help you with those awkward “but what do we DO?! moments) But, we might as well have fun doing it, right? Here are some of my suggestions for your South Florida engagement session:
I love this beach for a few reasons:
It may not be your favorite during rush hour, but the city gives us LOTS to work with for your Miami engagement session!
Looking for a classier, Europe-y feel but kinda want a good good South Florida beach too? Worth Ave in Palm Beach is the answer! Street parking is easy in the spring & summer, there are tons of cute alleyways and pockets of light, and the clock tower and beach is a great way to end our session together.
Not a beach person? LOVE FOOD? Then your favorite restaurant might be kind enough to give you an all-access pass for your engagement session! You and your love have probably spent many a date night at your favorite restaurant, so why not make it part of your love story?
I won’t give away all of my “secrets” to South Florida engagement session locations, but sometimes it’s fun to JUST STAY HOME AMIRITE? If you’ve never considered one at home, lemme try to change your mind.
Home is where the heart is, so doesn’t it make sense to grab some photos there? Past couples of mine have made dinner (and dessert!), cocktails, or just cuddled on the couch. How sweet will it be in 20 years to look back and cringe at your furniture and marvel at how cute (and youthful) you two were at this stage in your lives?
Plus, I get to pet your dog.
I’m sure there’s lots of good ideas swirling around in your head, but you need to know one thing – WHEN.
Most of my couples schedule their engagement session in opposite seasons. For example, if your wedding is in November, consider doing your engagement session in the spring. It’s nice to have some variety in your final engagement and wedding gallery. Of course, with some couples being from out-of-state, sometimes our only option is the week before the wedding – and that’s ok too!
After the engagement session, you’ll have 40-60 fresh photos with the bomb lighting, so you might as well put them to work. Consider a sign-in book for your wedding reception, or some prints to decorate the escort card table. And of course, engagement sessions are perfect for those Save-the Dates! I have all the tools to help you design custom cards, order prints, or hey, make big head props for your Juju Booth photo booth rental.
Now I want to hear from you! How did you make the most of your engagement session? Or are you still in the planning stages and looking for a photographer? Click the button below and get in touch!We’re engaged! Let’s shoot!
Looking for more wedding tips for your South Florida engagement or wedding? Check out some of my other articles here: Help me, Sonj.