Your engagement session is such a fun part of being engaged! I love and value engagement sessions so much that they come complementary with all of my wedding collections. I’m a big fan of engagement sessions for a few reasons. First, they allow you to get comfortable in front of the camera. It takes time for most couples to warm up to being photographed and understand how I pose. Timelines can be pretty tight on weddings days and 30 minutes may be all we have for portraits – which is why I’ve found that wedding day portraits turn out so much better when couples do engagement sessions ahead of time. One of the most common questions I get from clients related to their engagement sessions are ‘Where should we take our engagement photos?’. While I send over a complete guide detailing locations, what to wear and how to prepare for you session to my newly booked couples, I’ve shared some of my favorite locations below:
While most couples want to take advantage of the beautiful blooms Highland has to offer in the early spring, this park is one of my favorite spots year round! The park offers a variety of backdrops without having to travel too far. If you have your heart set on a spring engagement session I have two recommendations. Book early and schedule a morning session. A lot of couples & families want to take photos in the spring with the new blooms so photographer’s schedules book up quickly! The park also gets pretty packed in the springtime, so if you’d like more privacy and a better chance at taking photos near/with the blooms a morning/sunrise session is your best bet! To get a feel for what the park looks like year-round you can check out Emily & Caroline’s Spring session here, Grace & Pete’s Summer session here, and Emily & Devin’s Winter session here.
High Falls is an iconic Rochester location & I love shooting here. You can capture the Rochester skyline, the Genesee river and some other historical buildings. One thing you’ll want to keep in mind if you’re planning to have your engagement session at High Falls is the Sun! While it’s a beautiful location, there isn’t really much shade here. You’ll want to avoid scheduling your session here in the afternoon as the sunlight can get a little harsh! You can check out Grace & Pete’s High Falls engagement session here.
Mendon Ponds Park is another one of those engagement session locations where you can capture a variety of backdrops without having to go too far! The park is great for anytime of the year! If you’re planning your engagement session here just be sure to either bring a back up pair of shoes for walking, or wear comfortable wedges that won’t sink into the dirt! You can check out Anna & Chris’s anniversary session here.
Webster Pier is beautiful! I am a huge fan of photos by the water! Even though the area surrounding the pier isn’t that big you can get a variety of photos near the rocks which are beautiful! I always advise my couple’s to schedule a sunrise session if they want to take their engagement portraits at the pier. I do this for a few reasons. First, the pier gets a lot of traffic. In order for us to take advantage of the entire pier, it’s best that we have the area to ourselves. Second, the pier has almost no shade! The lighting from the sunrise is often softer than the lighting from the sun set and because there is virtually no shade, sunrise lighting is best! You can check out Emily & Caroline’s engagement session on the pier here.
Again, I am a huge fan of engagement photos near the water! Durand beach is the perfect backdrop for engagement photos! Oftentimes there will be other people at the beach, but this is a quick fix and in most cases these people can be removed quickly in photoshop! Another bonus- you’re super close to Durand Park so if you’d like to make the short trip from the beach to the park you can take advantage of that scenery as well! Click here to see Kelsey & Shane’s engagement session and click here to see Margo & Chris’s Durand Park engagement session.
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