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Christina + Don | Sayen Gardens Engagement Session

I had a wonderful time with Christina and Don at their engagement session at Sayen Gardens in Hamilton, New Jersey. This beautiful location is a great spot to choose for family. Many people are unsure if they should do an engagement session. I think it is a great opportunity to have a "test run" with your photographer. You do a trial for your hair and makeup. You should definitely meet your photographer before the big day as well. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your engagement session.

The Magic of Engagement Sessions: Capturing Love Before the Big Day

Engagement sessions are a wonderful way to celebrate your upcoming wedding and create beautiful memories of this special time in your life. More than just a photo shoot, an engagement session is an opportunity to capture the essence of your relationship, showcase your unique story, and get comfortable in front of the camera before your big day. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of your engagement session.

Why Have an Engagement Session?

1. Celebrate Your Love

Engagement photos capture the joy and excitement of this unique time in your relationship. They’re a beautiful way to commemorate your journey together as you prepare for marriage.

2. Get Comfortable with Your Photographer

An engagement session is a perfect chance to build rapport with your wedding photographer. It helps you get used to being photographed and gives your photographer insight into your chemistry, making your wedding day photos even better.

3. Personalized Touches

These photos can be used for save-the-dates, wedding websites, or guest books. They also provide a lovely visual narrative of your love story, which you can share with friends and family.

Tips for a Successful Engagement Session

1. Choose a Meaningful Location

Select a place that holds significance for both of you. It could be where you first met, your favorite date spot, or a beautiful park where you love to take walks. The location should reflect your personality and relationship.

2. Plan Your Outfits

Coordinate your outfits to ensure they complement each other and the chosen location. Opt for colors that stand out against the backdrop, and consider layers and accessories to add depth to your photos. Most importantly, wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident.

3. Consider Timing and Lighting

The time of day can greatly affect your photos. Golden hour, the hour just after sunrise or before sunset, provides soft, flattering light that adds a magical touch to your photos. Discuss the best timing with your photographer to make the most of natural light.

4. Incorporate Personal Elements

Bring along props that have special meaning to your relationship, like a book you both love, your pet, or items related to a shared hobby. These personal touches can make your photos more unique and meaningful.

5. Be Natural and Have Fun

The best photos are those that capture genuine moments. Relax, enjoy each other’s company, and don’t be afraid to show your affection. Candid shots often turn out to be the most memorable.

6. Prepare for the Session

Get a good night’s sleep, stay hydrated, and eat well before the shoot. Feeling your best physically will help you look your best in photos. If you’re planning professional hair and makeup, consider doing a trial run to ensure you’re happy with the look.

What to Expect During the Session

Your engagement session should feel relaxed and enjoyable. Your photographer will guide you through poses and suggest activities to capture natural interactions. Trust their expertise, but also feel free to share any ideas or specific shots you have in mind.


An engagement session is more than just a photo shoot; it’s a chance to celebrate your love and create lasting memories. With thoughtful planning and a touch of spontaneity, you can ensure your photos reflect your unique bond and the joy of this special time. Embrace the experience, have fun, and let your love story unfold in front of the camera. These moments, captured beautifully, will be cherished for a lifetime.

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