Austin is the perfect place for engagement sessions. Engaged couples have their pick of interesting locations, from the natural beauty of outdoor engagement locations like McKinney Falls State Park and Zilker Botanical Garden to urban locales like South Congress and the Capitol.
This gallery includes some of my favorite Austin engagement photographs from a range of fun and beautiful places around Austin.
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I’ve photographed roughly a zillion engagement sessions, and I still love doing it. It’s a fantastic, low-pressure way for you to get to know how I work and you'll be more relaxed for your wedding photography. For those of you who want more pressure on your wedding day, you can skip the engagement session. The rest of you may want to consider it.
At the end of the day, you’ll be left with 65 or so beautifully-edited photos perfect for framing or creating a guest book for the wedding. And your lips may be sore from smooching. And I may use the word “snuzzle.” Apologies in advance.
Couples are sometimes unsure about what to wear for an engagement session. It’s all a matter of personal preference, but I think dressing up as if you’re going out on a date is a good place to start. That said, I’ve also seen couples dress in concert t-shirts or a gown and a suit. The best advice is to wear something you feel comfortable in. If you feel comfortable, it will show in your smile.
To get around the issue of what to wear for your engagement session, often couples will bring a change of clothes. If that sounds right for you, it’s a great way to get a bit more variety in the photographs.
During a typical engagement session, we’ll walk a fair distance. It can be an issue if you’re wearing uncomfortable shoes. It’s a good idea to bring a pair of sandals or other comfy shoes to slip on while you’re walking between photo spots.
You don’t need to worry about how to pose for your engagement photos. That’s why you hire a professional! I’m happy to direct you to help you look your absolute best. Couples are thrilled with how they look in their engagement photographs.
If you’re nervous about your engagement session, you’re not alone. Engagement sessions are very often a couple’s first time being photographed professionally and it’s totally normal to have butterflies. But I promise it’s more fun--or at least less painful--than you think. You may want to grab a drink beforehand to help loosen up if you’re still feeling jittery.
Are you a fan of the outdoors? Engagement sessions out in nature are a fabulous way to showcase your love of each other and of the natural environment. I recommend McKinney Falls State Park and Hamilton Pool if you want a beautiful natural setting for your engagement pics.
A little more cosmopolitan? Engagement photos in the city can be amazing. Austin has some cool and unique architecture that acts as an ideal backdrop for downtown engagements. Popular spots include the “I love you so much” graffiti wall at Jo’s Coffee on SoCo--as well as the rest of South Congress--and the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge.
If you want to keep it a bit more relaxed, I’ve got you covered. Easygoing engagement sessions are my cup of tea (or can of Shiner). Butler Park and Zilker Botanical Garden are some great spots to have a laid-back portrait session with you and your sweetie.
Maybe you’d like to class it up a bit for your images. Laguna Gloria and the Capitol grounds are a couple lovely ideas for a more chic engagement session. Dress to the nines and I’ll get photos of you that will make folks swoon.
Do you help Keep Austin Weird? You’re my kind of couple. A stop at Voodoo Doughnut or Sekrit Theatre might be in order. Let your freak flag fly and I’ll capture your goofy love. As Robert Fulghum wrote in his book True Love, “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”