February 14, 2024

How to Have the Best Engagement Session


I am a destination wedding + elopement photographer based in the Midwest but open to traveling anywhere your love story might take me! Thanks for being here on my little corner of the internet, stick around a while!



Engagement sessions are a beautiful prequel to what your wedding session could be. They capture the essence of your love in its most candid, raw form, offering a glimpse into the story that’s leading you to the altar. As a photographer and someone recently engaged, I understand the importance of these moments, and my goal is to ensure your engagement session is nothing short of magical!

So I thought I’d write up this guide on how to have the BEST engagement session, and also share a sneak peek into how my process enhances your experience.

The Importance of Having an Engagement Session

An engagement session is more than just a photo shoot! It’s an opportunity to celebrate your love story and a chance to get comfortable in front of the camera before your big day. It’s also super helpful if your wedding photographer offers an engagement session add-on, so you can also see how well you all work together!

But how do you ensure that your engagement session captures the feels and the essence of your relationship? The key is in the preparation and choosing a photographer who takes the time to get to know you (like I do!).

engagement ring close up photo

My Engagement Session Process

Choosing the Right Package

I offer two packages that include complimentary engagement shoots, with the option to add one to the other packages. This flexibility ensures that every couple can find an option that suits their needs. Once you’ve selected your package, paid the retainer, and signed the contract, the journey to capturing your love story begins.

Getting to Know You

The next step in my process is sending over a “get to know you questionnaire.” This step allows me to understand your dynamics as a couple, your preferences, and your vision for the shoot. It’s all about making the engagement session as personalized and comfortable as possible.

Preparing for the Session

After getting to know you better, I send over a couples guide that walks you through everything you need to know about preparing for your engagement session. This guide includes:

  • Suggestions for stunning locations that reflect your personalities and love story.
  • Tips for choosing outfits that complement each other and the scenery, ensuring you look your absolute best.
  • Advice on the best times to take your photos, considering lighting and vibes to make your engagement photos amazing.

My Engagement Session Packages

Each of my packages is designed with your needs in mind, offering a range of services to capture your engagement perfectly:

  • Up to 3 hours of session coverage, ensuring we have plenty of time to capture your love through and through.
  • Multiple outfits and locations, allowing you to showcase different aspects of your relationship and personality.
  • An outfit planning guide to help you choose outfits that will look stunning in photographs.
  • A preview gallery within 2 days of your shoot, so you can immediately relive the emotions and love of your engagement session.
  • A complete online gallery within 2 weeks, providing you with a beautifully curated collection of images that tell your love story.

My packages are built to have the best engagement session experience! Having an outfit change and visiting a couple locations during your session really makes your photos shine!

Featured Engagement Session in the Blog: Sienna & Wyatt

Sienna & Wyatt’s engagement photos in Oak Grove Park turned out so beautiful! The fall colors and the natural surroundings provided a stunning backdrop for their session. We walked around the park and captured their love in a variety of different settings and they also did an outfit change. I loved their neutral outfits that complimented each other and the surroundings! They both were so sweet and playful with each other and it was so much fun spending this time capturing their love!


“Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!! The photos are absolutely beautiful! You did such a great job. I am so happy with them! You have such a gift 🙂 I am so so excited. Thank you again!!!” – Sienna

romantic engagement session in a field in Iowa

Let’s Capture Your Engagement Session Next!

More than anything, I want your engagement session to be an enjoyable, stress-free experience. It’s not just about the photos – it’s about the memories you create while taking them. Sienna & Wyatt’s session embodied exactly that, and it was clear they were having as much fun as I was. This is what I strive for in every session: a relaxed, carefree atmosphere where you can be yourselves.

If you’re dreaming of your own romantic engagement photos, let’s make it happen! You can learn more about me here! If it sounds like I’d be the perfect photographer for you, then inquire with me here. I’d love to hear from you!

romantic engagement session in a field in Iowa

Cassie Beth Photo | Destination Wedding Photographer

See more of this romantic engagement session below!

Sienna and Wyatt playing around in a park for their fall engagement session
romantic outdoor engagement photos in a park in Iowa
romantic engagement session by water
romantic engagement photos of Sienna and Wyatt in a golden field
playful and romantic golden hour field photos