It's so important to choose a place not only represents the two of you and your relationship, but somewhere you feel comfortable expressing that love. Not all of us are all about the PDA so if the privacy of your living room or the middle of a quiet forest is best for the two of you, then that's where we'll shoot! If there's a favorite bar on the corner where you grab a drink together every Friday night, then sounds like that's a winning choice. Maybe you have a place that feels really sentimental to the two of you - somewhere you like to spend time together to bond and feel at peace (my hubby and I have a favorite spot like this on the Eastern Shore) then perhaps we could photograph there! Pick a location in which you feel comfortable being a little lovey and smoochy together, and just really be yourselves.
Choosing somewhere with a few different backgrounds, textures, angles, and even some things to do is a great idea. Not only does it inspire me to get creative with the shots while the two of you enjoy each other's company, but it gives a fun variance and and artistic feel to your final gallery. Try and look for a place with 3 "sub-locations" or highlights within it's vicinity. Perhaps your favorite brewery is on a super cool city street with cobblestones (spot 1), with an awesome window with a couple high-top tables to grab a beer together (spot 2), and an outdoor terrace or patio that overlooks the city skyline (spot 3). Say you want to pick something a little more nature-inspired like a local park. Look for a fun feature like a boat house or dock, an especially distinct row of trees or wooded area that's easy to walk through or around, and maybe a pretty wheat field or wildflower meadow. We will move throughout the shoot, spending about 15 to 20 minutes at each of these locations. This will add variety to your gallery and move the session along smoothly.
I want you two to really focus on each other as we make the memory of your Engagement Session together, but if you're like my husband and me, sometimes it feels a little funny to repeatedly hold hands, kiss, walk, talk, and smile at each other for the entirety of an hour. As much as we love each other, we'd rather do something together while being flirty and sweet! So think of a location that offers something for you both to do to keep you interacting. A museum, restaurant or bar, or even a carnival are all great ideas. This way, we can tell a little story together and keep the shoot feeling authentic and organic. If you decide on a location that's a bit more down-to-earth, bring a little cheese and wine to enjoy or maybe a few of your favorite books with a blanket. Think about an activity that really represents you both, and is something you actually do together.