Updated: Aug 4, 2020
When my couples are planning for their Engagement Session, one the most frequent questions I get asked is: Where do we do them?! It's honestly an important question. These are the photos you'll probably use in your invitations. Some of your extended family will see your fiance for the first time in these photos. On top of that, it's the first time you'll be working with your photographer, and you want to get as much as you can out of your session. So WHERE to do it? Well there are a lot of different options out there, but today I want to talk about the Garden Engagement Session.
I love shooting in gardens because we always have a little bit of everything. Benches in cute little corners, beautiful Architectural statement pieces, whimsical fountains... It's honestly kind of the perfect location to get the most out of your session. But Gardens do come with some issues. I'm sure you've visited a Botanical Garden before and played the "spot the photographer" game. Gardens can tend to be teeming with shoots, and if you're more on the shy side, it may be uncomfortable and/or distracting to shoot while so many others are shooting. On top of that, it may be harder for your photographer to work around visitors and other photographers. Lastly, most of the time there is a fee to photograph in a Garden. Because of that I always suggest asking your Photographer if they know of any more out of the way, less popular Gardens. Often times we've worked at locations that are smaller for some of our personal projects and though these locations may not be as huge as the City's Botanical Garden, they will be just as beautiful and often times a lot more private. So if you're willing to pay a small fee, and maybe drive a little farther, you may be in for a treat shooting in a gorgeous, whimsical, private location all to yourselves!