December 30, 2022


Michelle Behre


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Engagement Session Planning

Why the engagement session is so special

The engagement session is a celebration of this moment in time. This moment your proposal is so special. As you grow in life, it is so special to document and capture the essence of the moment. It is so important for us to document stunning photos of you today so years from now you can look back from our photos and be so proud, so humble. Capturing the essence of this moment, your lives and this chapter in life together. Below are just a few tips to kickstart your engagement session planning!

With that being said, your engagement session planning process deserves so much attention to detail and

So much love

We’ll want to bring so much attention to detail to ensure that your engagement photography session is planned beautifully and goes off with a hitch. Below I have just a few details and helpful hints on how to plan that dream engagement photography session that you have been dreaming of.

When to photograph the engagement session

You’ll want to plan and execute your engagement session surrounding when you send your save the dates out. The basic rule of thumb is to send save the dates out approximately six months prior to the wedding. It is always best to give your guests plenty of notice for your day so they can of course, be with you to celebrate your best day ever! If you are planning for a destination wedding, it is customary to ship save the dates 10-15 months in advance. For a local affair, 9-12 months will suffice.

With that being said, it takes a little while to review your images and choose your selects so from your engagement session. Plan on two months to finalize your images. Once your images are finalized, you’ll then want to narrow down your selects. Selects are your top choices from your session that you could use for your save the date and your wedding website.

bride-to-be it is

Your time to shine

I highly recommend to choose your save the date in advance and communicate/share this link to your save the date. As I process your images, you can work out the kinks of the save the date such as narrowing down your typography on your save the date. You’ll also want to iron out details like guest addresses uploaded into the Minted spreadsheet. Once I have the engagement session complete, you can simply place photos in there and purchase your save the dates. My favorite part of all, they are shipped direct to your guests with Minted.

Planning your session

So if your day is scheduled for September of next year and you are hosting a destination wedding, you may want to think about hosting your engagement session during the summer, fall or earlier winter of this year pending the session aesthetic you desire.

The season chosen and venue(s) will further influence the mood and aesthetic of your images.

Questions about your upcoming New York City engagement session and photographing your romantic engagement session? Comments? Drop me a line in the comments.

Engagement Session Venue

While dreaming and choosing of your engagement session venue(s) envision you both. You may want to sit with a few questions:

What inspires you together?

Where do you find yourselves?

What kind of story do you want to tell with your images?

The engagement session is a nod to your relationship and your love story. How do you want to share the very beginning of your love story?

Engagement Session Vendors

Once you have your engagement session venue chosen, you’ll then want to plan and prepare the details of your session. From styling outfits and accessories to hair and makeup. All details are crucial. Let’s not forget about his details and grooming, too! Executing your vision is key.

More things to think about

It’s always great to have more than not enough when it comes images. Go the extra mile. It’ll be worth it, I promise.

Read more about planning Engagement Sessions here: Top 5 Tips on Engagement Session Planning.

What engagement session tips questions are you thinking about right now? Let me know in the comments below!

620 Loft & Gardens Engagement Session, Rockefeller Center, NYC Wedding Photographers
620 Loft & Gardens Engagement Session, Rockefeller Center, NYC Wedding Photographers
Maison Close Restaurant SoHo Engagement Session, NYC Wedding Photographers
Maison Close Restaurant SoHo Engagement Session, NYC Wedding Photographers


Couple: Jennifer DeCillis & Joe MacLellan

Hair: MJ Bridal Artistry

Makeup: MJ Bridal Artistry

Stylist: The Style Duo

Venue: 620 Loft & Garden, Rockefeller Center & Maison Close Restaurant


Michelle Behre is based in Northern New Jersey Wedding Photographer and specializes in romantic, timeless, and sophisticated weddings. Michelle services New York City engagement sessions, New Jersey engagement session and beyond for your destination engagement session. Her fine art photography style is the perfect blend of editorial and documentary photography. Michelle Behre Photography captures all beautiful moments unfolding throughout your session and wedding day including the excitement as the champagne pours to your picture-perfect bridal details. Are you planning your dream engagement session? Are you planning your wedding? We accept a limited amount of proposals, engagement sessions and weddings per year. Inquire to learn about our New Jersey Wedding Photography services and availability today.

We can assist you in photographing and engagement session planning for your romantic New Jersey and New York engagement session and your wedding day! Inquire with Michelle for availability and further details, today!

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