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How to choose your Engagement Photo Location

February 04, 2017  •  6 Comments

Love under the red umbrellaAn early spring engagement session at the Johnson Street Bridge near Southtown, San Antonio, Texas.

February, the month of love!  We have several engagement sessions scheduled for this month, and many of our couples have decided on their perfect spot in San Antonio to be photographed.  There are a few factors to consider when planning the location and date for your engagement session.  Here are a few tips to help you decide on the perfect location for your engagement session.  

Proximity to the wedding date:  

It is ideal to shoot your engagement at least 6 months prior to the wedding date.  Many couples will use these pictures to announce their engagement, send out Save The Date cards and magnets to guests traveling from out of town, enhance their wedding website, post to their social media.  

A+A - SDv6Save The Date magnet designWe use the rule of thirds just in case this is the photo you select for your Save the Date design.


Consider seasonal weather which may affect your wardrobe and the scene you are trying to capture.  Would you like a cozy winter session with sweaters and coats and hats?  Would you prefer a spring session with cute flowery dresses and trees in bloom?  Does it not matter because you prefer to be photographed indoors at your favorite date night spot?

Winter engagement portrait at The Historic PearlCool hues and wintery wardrobe in this engagement session at The Pearl in San Antonio.

Fall Engagement Portrait at Lost Maples National Park. Rich oranges, reds and amber hues come through the autumn leaves in this fall engagement portrait.


Your Couple Personality:  

If you were to go on a date or spend the day together, what would you be doing?  Do you like to spend time in the outdoors?  Do you prefer to enjoy a cocktail and see a show downtown?  Would you just be home watching Netflix and cuddling?  Think about putting yourself in your scene, so your true selves will be revealed in the photography.  

6W6A8548City skyline in Houston, TexasDate night with Mr. and Mrs. Plair in Houston, Texas.


Words to love by:  

Your engagement session will definitely set the tone for your wedding, as your guests and family will see your personalities come through in the portraits.  My goal is to really capture your personality, how you interact with one another, that special smile he only gives to you, that spark in your eyes when he's around you.  So together think of 3 words you want to describe yourselves and your wedding.  This will help me in deciding how I want to shoot you as well.  

That thing you doDavid and Aimee sharing a laugh at their engagement session in Southtown, San Antonio, Texas. I hope these tips have helped you to find your happy place, the perfect location for your engagement session.  No matter what location, it's about being comfortable enough to be your true selves, showing your joy for your future together, and having the most perfect images to remember this special time in your lives.  

On the Banks of Barton SpringsJaime and Jessica show off their dance moves on the banks of Barton Springs in Austin, Texas.

An engagement session is included in every wedding package we offer.  Also, ask about our destination engagement sessions, because we love to travel!  To schedule your engagement session with Aria Productions:



Cathie berrey green(non-registered)
Wonderful advice on how to pick a location for your engagement photos. And what a beautiful job you have done caption all these different locations and highlighting each.
I love how vibrant these engagement photographs are! My favorite color to photograph is red so I am so happy to see it included for engagement sessions. Beautiful locations!!
Kelly Loeffler(non-registered)
these are great suggestions on how to choose your session location. All beautiful engagement pictures in beautiful places
Lori Foxworth(non-registered)
What a great resource for newly engaged couples! Engagement photos are so important, your tips are perfect and your engagement photography is absolutely lovely.
Parker Radbourne(non-registered)
Love all these tips for how to choose your engagement photoshoot location! It always makes me so happy to see couples considering locations that are important to them and help tell the story of their relationship!
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