Making the Most of Your Engagement Session in New England

Tips from a CT Wedding Photographer


Tips from a Connecticut Wedding Photographer

Congratulations on your engagement! As you embark on this exciting journey towards your wedding day, one of the most delightful steps along the way is your engagement photo session. Living in New England, and specifically Connecticut, you’re fortunate to have a plethora of stunning locations to choose from for your shoot. As a wedding photographer at Love, Jackie Weddings, I’ve had the privilege of capturing countless love stories across this beautiful region. Here are my top tips to help you make the most of your engagement session in Connecticut and New England.

1. Choose the Perfect Location in Connecticut

Connecticut offers a variety of picturesque backdrops, from charming coastal towns to lush forests and historic landmarks. Here are some favorite spots for engagement photos:

  • Mystic Seaport: With its quaint streets and maritime charm, Mystic Seaport offers a blend of historic and nautical scenery.
  • Elizabeth Park, Hartford: Known for its beautiful rose garden, this park is perfect for capturing romance among the blooms.
  • Gillette Castle State Park: This unique location provides a dramatic backdrop with its medieval-style castle and stunning river views.
  • Harkness Memorial State Park: Located on the Long Island Sound, this park offers gardens, ocean views, and a grand mansion.

When choosing a location, consider places that have personal significance to you as a couple or that align with your vision for the shoot. New England’s diverse landscapes also offer fantastic options, from the beaches of Rhode Island to the mountains of Vermont.

2. Time It Right

Lighting is crucial for photography. The “golden hour”—the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset—offers soft, warm light that creates a flattering and romantic atmosphere. Plan your session around these times to take advantage of the best natural light in Connecticut’s beautiful outdoor settings.

3. Dress to Impress

Your outfits play a significant role in the overall look of your photos. Here are a few tips:

  • Coordinate, Don’t Match: Choose outfits that complement each other without being too matchy-matchy. Harmonize colors and styles.
  • Consider the Location: Your attire should match the vibe of your chosen location. Elegant attire suits a historic site, while casual outfits are perfect for a beach or park.
  • Comfort is Key: Wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Avoid anything too tight or restrictive.
  • Bring Options: If you can, bring a couple of different outfits to add variety to your photos.

4. Incorporate Personal Elements

Adding personal touches can make your engagement photos more meaningful. Think about incorporating items that tell your story, such as:

  • Props: Bring along items that represent your hobbies or shared interests. For example, a picnic setup if you love outdoor adventures, or a guitar if one of you plays.
  • Pets: If you have a furry friend, consider including them in some of your photos. Just make sure the location is pet-friendly.
  • Special Locations: Choose a location that has significance in your relationship, such as where you had your first date or where the proposal happened.

5. Relax and Have Fun

The best photos come from genuine emotions and interactions. Treat your engagement session as a fun date rather than a formal photo shoot. Laugh, play, and be yourselves. The more relaxed and natural you are, the better your photos will turn out.

6. Trust Your New England Photographer

As a professional wedding photographer based in Connecticut, my goal is to capture your unique love story in the most beautiful way possible. Trust me to guide you through poses and settings. My experience and expertise will ensure that you get stunning photos that you’ll cherish forever, and that’ we have a blast!

7. Plan for the Weather in New England

New England’s weather can be unpredictable. Have a backup plan in case of rain or inclement weather. Some locations offer indoor options or covered areas that can still provide beautiful backdrops. If all else fails, we will reschedule!


Your engagement session is a special opportunity to celebrate your love and capture this exciting time in your lives. By choosing the right location in Connecticut, timing it perfectly, dressing appropriately, incorporating personal elements, relaxing, trusting your photographer, and planning for the weather, you can ensure that your photos will be a beautiful reflection of your relationship.

I’m dedicated to making your engagement session a memorable and enjoyable experience. I can’t wait to help you create timeless images that you’ll treasure for years to come. If you’re ready to book your session or have any questions, feel free to reach out!

Happy planning!

Love, Jackie