Good morning, Washington DC area wedding lovers! We first got this question from a United With Love reader and it was so good, that we figure more of you would want to know! So, if you’re in the midst of planning your wedding engagement session, then sit down and take some notes! OK, so you’ve decided on a Washington DC area wedding photographer and picked a date for you and yours to step in front of the camera—but what’s next? Location, location, location! The DC-area is home to tons of favorite local spots for engagements, but how to choose!? Fear not, because we turned to some of the top local photographers on how to choose a location. Be sure to join us later this morning for more photography advice!

Laura and Aaron Engagement Shoot by His And Her Photography

Photo Credit: Drew Bird Photography from Laura + Aaron’s Maryland Engagement Session

“Maybe it’s a place of particular significance to you and your fiancé or maybe just somewhere beautiful! When you’re thinking about locations, also think about your wardrobe and how it will fit together.” – Hannah, owner of Hannah Colclazier Photography

“Think about what kind of scene are you most drawn to: nature, urban/edgy, iconic/landmark?  Or, are there particular places that have deep emotional significance for you both and your relationship? From there we might then be able to start to draw the connections between personal aesthetic and the actual physical locations where the photographs might take place.” – Drew, owner of Drew Bird Photography

“I like to do my engagement sessions in a different season from the wedding (spring engagement for fall weddings for example) so that whatever the scenery, it will look different from the wedding day.” – Deb, owner of Deb Lindsey Photography

“Pick an engagement session location that is special to you.  It could be the coffee shop where you had your first date or your favorite place to watch the sunset.  Or maybe you love hiking together or going to wineries or the county fair.  Do that as part of your engagement session.  An engagement session should be about you and what you love to do together.   Make it fun!” – Lelia, owner of Lelia Marie Photography

“If no location comes to mind as special or meaningful to a couple, I sometimes recommend choosing a spot that will have a different feel or vibe than their wedding venue. So a couple marrying in a downtown Baltimore venue might want a park or garden for their engagement session while a couple marrying by the water on the Eastern Shore might choose a more urban spot for their engagement photos, just to mix things up a bit.” – Jennifer, owner of Jennifer McMenamin Photography

“A favorite of mine is to explore the couples’ neighborhood. Many of my clients live in DC but will probably eventually move somewhere else in the country or to a larger space or a more kid-friendly neighborhood later in life. It’s nice to be able to capture some of the flavor of their pre-married life for the future.” — Amber, owner of Amber Wilkie Photography


Thank you so much to all of the awesome Washington DC area wedding photographers who helped us out! And special thanks to our lovely reader who was brave enough to ask us a questions! (We love our readers, so ask away!!)

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen.


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