Tips and Advice

Engagement Photo Tips

Engagement photos are a treasured piece of a couple’s whole wedding experience, so we thought we’d share some tips on what to consider before taking them! We asked 2 of our wonderful photography vendors, Lindsay Malkovich of Lindsay Blair Photography, and Deena Selback of D. Selback Photography, for some tidbits.

Lindsay said that for starters, it’s “important to make sure that you love the photographer’s existing previous work before you hire them. The work should speak to you on some level, and you should feel confident that they can provide a similar style and session for you.”

Deena added that engagement photo sessions are “so important to establishing a more personal relationship with your photographer, and they’re a great chance for couples to get comfortable in front of the camera before the big day.” Read on for more of their trusty advice!

Photo Credit: D.Selbak Photography


  • If you want to use the engagement photos for your Save-The-Dates, both photographers recommend scheduling the shoot about 8 months prior to the wedding – that way they have time to develop and edit the photos, and get them back to you in time for you to design the cards and send them out
  • Lindsay mentioned that if you want your engagement photo session to take place in the summer, keep in mind that most photographers are booked on weekends because it’s the height of wedding season, so you’ll likely have to schedule it for a weekday


  • With the water, trees, and mountains, Oregon is such a photogenic state! There are plenty of scenic areas that make for stunning engagement photos if you want a natural or outdoorsy look, and Downtown Portland is a great option if you want a modern or industrial look. Most photographers have their own style and favorite locations, so check out their portfolios before you book!
  • Deena says, “While I am happy to suggest locations, I always recommend that couples choose a location that is meaningful to them, such as where they first met, where they shared their first kiss, where they drink coffee every Sunday morning, or where the proposal took place. I love getting to relive memories with my couples, and the emotions that those environments evoke.”

Makeup & Wardrobe  

  • Makeup: Deena says that “if you’ve already booked your hair & makeup artist for your wedding, an engagement session is the perfect time for that trial run. It gives you a chance to see how the makeup will photograph!”
  • What to Wear: Lindsay says to make sure you love how you look in what you are wearing. “You should feel good in your outfit selections! I make every single one of my clients look in the mirror while moving around – walk, twirl, etc. Sometimes clothes can do unflattering things when you are not standing still directly in front of a mirror. Find something that makes you feel GREAT!”

Featured photo credit: D. Selbak Photography

This Tips & Advice piece was submitted by Dana Barbar, a trusted local wedding professional and talented writer.