Do I Need Engagement Photos?

February 4, 2022

Hi, I'm ariel!
I'm so glad you're here! Welcome to the Magnolia West blog, a journal about all things weddings, travel, fashion, and style. Stay a while and say hello!
Learn more
The magnolia west Wedding guide
Coming soon...

Weddings are expensive. To cut down on costs you may be asking yourself, “Do I really need engagement photos?” Good photography is worth every penny. I promise you won’t regret your beautiful photos. I encourage all of my couples to take advantage of an engagement shoot and typically include it in my wedding packages.

In this post, we’ll cover:

➸ Why engagement photos are important.
➸ When you should take them.
➸ Where you should take them.

Why do I need engagement photos?

Engagement shoots are important for a few reasons.
1. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know your photographer, how he/she works, and get out all the awkward poses and nervous jitters before your wedding day. When your big day rolls around, you guys will be old friends and super comfortable with eachother.
2. It gives you an opportunity to have professional photos not in your wedding attire. Many couples use photos for a custom guest book, save-the-dates or photos on the backside of thier wedding invitation. Some even display their engagement photos around their wedding venue as decorations.

When do I take them?

I recommend taking them immediately after booking your photographer. If you’re using them for save-the-dates or wedding invitations, take them 6-8 months in advance.

Where do I take them?

Well… this is a personal question. I recommend a place that is special to both you and your fiance. It can be the location where you first met, a trail you like to hike, Joshua Tree (Who doesn’t love those funky looking trees?!)… If you’re at a loss, I have many locations for you to choose from.

engaged couple man picks up his fiance and carries her on the beach at sunset at el matador beach during their engagement session captured by malibu wedding photographer magnolia west photography

Looking for a wedding photographer and need engagement photos?

I’d love to hear from you!!

Favorite engagement shoot locations

El Matador State Beach | Griffith Observatory | Forsyth Park | Broughton Street

all inclusive wedding venue baby shower beach engagement photos best California wedding venues California photoshoot locations Camarillo Camarillo wedding venue couples education for photographers elopement locations engagement photos for brides intimate wedding investment Joshua Tree engagement photos lifestyle Los Angeles Photo Shoot Locations Los Angeles wedding photographer Los Angeles wedding venue luxury wedding venue Malibu Malibu Creek State Park engagement photos Montecito Wedding musings permits and information photography locations real weddings romantic engagement photos romantic wedding Santa Barbara Elopement Santa Barbara wedding Savannah engagement photos Savannah photoshoot locations Spanish Hills Country Club Ventura County wedding venue venues Walnut Grove Walnut Grove wedding wedding advice wedding photographer cost wedding planning weddings wedding stationary wedding vendors wedding venues


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


browse by category





for photographers

for brides

reader faves


welome to my blog

I'm so glad you're here! Welcome to the Magnolia West blog, a journal about all things weddings, travel, fashion, and style. Stay a while and say hello!

Learn more



free download

snag the
magnolia west wedding guide

Coming soon...

get the guide