Fairhope Wedding Photographer & Educator | Ellison Smith Creative- Formerly Goodie & Smith Weddings

Engagement Session Tips

Getting your engagement photos taken can be intimidating for people, we get it, but, your engagement session is all about celebrating you two, your relationship, and taking a little break from wedding planning to do something fun. These portraits capture such a special time in your lives! We want our couples to feel relaxed and at ease during our session so that we can have fun and get to know each other before the big day. To help with that, below are a list of a few tips to help make your engagement session amazing!

engagement session with Alabama wedding photographers Goodie and Smith Weddings

Pick a location that matters to you!

If possible, let’s choose a location that means something to you both. Maybe it’s where you got engaged or had your first date. Maybe it’ll be your favorite restaurant or park. Whatever it is, let’s chat about some local spots that make sense for your session. We love hearing about some of the ideas our couples have for locations for their engagement session!

sunset engagement portraits along waterfront at Orange Street Pier

Be on time.

It seems really obvious, right? But, a lot of clients don’t realize that we operate and shoot with natural light. As it gets later, light fades faster. So if we don’t start on time, we won’t always get the chance to do every location or outfit you’ve prepared. Life happens, but we all need to do our best to show up on time so we can have the best experience possible during your engagement session! Stay in touch with us if something happens!

Goodie and Smith Weddings photograph engagement session

Prep your guy!

It’s no secret guys aren’t always on board with sessions. So, take some time to prep your guy! We recommend sitting down with him and showing him a few previous engagement sessions so he knows what to expect. Let him know that there will be a few more shots than just the traditional holding your hand to the camera! We’re always pleasantly surprised by how many grooms tell us they had a great time. 


bride and groom pose in front of colorful mural in Downtown Fairhope

Make a date out of it.

Plan a dinner after your engagement session and enjoy the night together! Your session should be relaxing and fun, so take the time to be together. Try not to plan too much earlier in the day so that you can actually have time to get ready beforehand, too. There’s nothing as sad as a couple rushing to the session and not being able to enjoy it!

Alabama couple walks downtown during engagement photos

Engagement sessions are supposed to be fun for everyone. They’re also a chance for us to get to know each other. So if you’re nervous and tense, we won’t be doing either! We strive to make our Goodie and Smith couples feel cozy and happy during their session, so we encourage you to take the time to really prepare for the engagement portraits so you know what’s going on! No matter what, we’ll have a great time and capture some beautiful portraits to celebrate your engagement!

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Fairhope Alabama Wedding Photographer formerly Goodie and Smith weddings

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Hi! I’m Jessica, owner and lead photographer at Ellison Smith Creative- the Gulf Coast’s only full service wedding photography studio. I am so glad you’re here! Please show yourself around and you’ll soon see that I believe that my clients DESERVE IT ALL! 

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