Time of Day: Your photographer will lead with this, and trust them. Take into account the best time of day for lighting. Soft, natural lighting, such as during the golden hour (an hour after sunrise or before sunset), is generally always the best time for photos, but it’s also location dependent. There are spots where sunset may be earlier or later due to obstructions (like mountain ridges) that needs to be accounted for.
Relax and Have Fun: Remember that the purpose of the engagement photo session is to capture y’alls authentic personality. Try to relax, enjoy each other’s company, and have fun during the session. Natural, candid moments often make the best photographs, so embrace the experience and let your love shine through. In the hands of a good photographer, you are going to get authentic photos that are driven by actions, suggestions or activities that create that feeling in the photos. Because every client is different, I always alter my approach to your session slightly differently based on the couple and their needs. You might need lots of direction, you might need none at all, but either way, if we all trust each other, your photos will be beautiful.
Be Flexible: Be prepared for unexpected weather changes or other unforeseen circumstances. Have a backup plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate or if there are any unexpected challenges. Embrace any changes or improvisations with a positive attitude, as they might lead to unique and memorable photos. Sometimes the best most sunny weather is not the best for photos.