Welcome to our guide on planning your engagement session! This blog is dedicated to helping couples like YOU brainstorm creative, personalized ideas for your engagement session, making it a memorable and meaningful experience. Your engagement session is not just about taking photos—it’s about capturing your unique love story at this special moment in time. As a documentary wedding photographer in New York City, I want your session to feel like YOU, so let’s dive in and explore some fun and personalized ideas to make your engagement session truly unforgettable!

Mellissa and Graeme wanted take their engagement photos in a place that felt like home, which for them was their new apartment. Having met on Coffee Meets Bagels, they wanted to honor the beginning of their love story by taking a few moments to have a cup of coffee together at their breakfast table

Questions to Ask as You Plan Your Engagement Session:

As you brainstorm ideas for your engagement session, it’s important to consider what truly represents you as a couple. Ask yourselves:

  • What activities do we love doing together on weekends?
  • How can we make our engagement session feel like our ideal date?
  • Are we looking for something low-key and intimate, or do we want to go all out and make it a big production? Remember, there are no right or wrong answers—your engagement session should reflect your personalities and your love story.

Some of Kelly and David’s favorite dates included a good glass of wine and delicious cheese. For their engagement session, they wanted to capture the essence of those dates by visiting a cozy, warm wine bar near Chinatown and having some great drinks and nibbles.

Example List of Ideas for Couples:

Here are some engagement session ideas to spark your creativity and inspire you to plan a session that feels authentically you:

  1. Favorite Dive Bar: Head to your go-to dive bar, order your favorite cocktails or mocktails, and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed setting.
  2. Bowling or Pool: Have some friendly competition at a bowling alley or pool hall, capturing candid moments of laughter and fun.
  3. Explore a New Neighborhood: Discover hidden gems in a new neighborhood together, embracing the adventure and excitement of exploring together.
  4. Cozy Night In: Stay in and get cozy in your apartment—play board games, cook your favorite meal together, and enjoy each other’s company in the comfort of your own space.
  5. Picnic in the Park: Pack a picnic basket with your favorite treats and head to a local park for a romantic picnic surrounded by nature.
  6. Flash Portraits at a Bar: Dress up and head to your favorite bar for a glamorous photoshoot, capturing the excitement of a night out on the town.
  7. Morning Coffee Stroll: Start your day with a leisurely stroll to your favorite café, sipping on coffee as you enjoy a morning walk together.
  8. Recreate Your First Date: Take a trip down memory lane by recreating your first date—whether it’s revisiting the same restaurant or revisiting the spot where you first met.
  9. Beach Day: Spend a day at the beach, playing in the water, building sandcastles, and watching the sunset together.
  10. Fair Fun: Visit a local fair or carnival, playing boardwalk games and indulging in sweet treats for a whimsical and nostalgic engagement session.

One of Maria and Danny’s favorite places is Asbury Park Beach, so they knew from the beginning they had to do their engagement photos there. To top it all off, we decided to incorporate their favorite food into the session by ending with a sunset pizza picnic!

Plan YOUR Engagement Session

Ready to plan your dream engagement session? Let’s capture the magic of your love story together! Book your session today to personalize engagement session and create memories that will last a lifetime. Remember, your engagement session is a celebration of your love—so let’s make it unforgettable!

Having met and built their life together in NYC, Nicole and Sam wanted to take their engagement photos in one of the city’s most iconic places, Central Park. Central Park during the fall made them feel so excited for their fall wedding in the Hudson Valley in 2024


April 4, 2024

A Guide to Planning Your Engagement Session

Molly Waring


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