The engagement portrait is usually taken shortly after the engagement has been announced. This portrait can be used with your wedding announcement in the newspaper.
The portrait may be a formal one taken in a studio or one shot on location in a park or place of interest and beauty in your area.
One of the most important choices you will make for your wedding is the photographer. Make this choice carefully. Ask your friends who have had weddings recently, go to an area bridal show, and look up web sites of local photographers before deciding on your final selection.
Most photographers have package deals, some of which will include an engagement sitting. So you might choose the photographer first and then have your pictures taken.
Actually the engagement sitting is a good time to establish rapport with the photographer. And it gives him an idea of what kind of photographic experience you are looking for on your wedding day.
Or you might go to a studio in a department store or mall and have your picture taken.
Some couples now use their engagement picture with a signature frame as a guest book. This is a cute and practical idea because they can hang the picture in their new home and have a reminder of the special people who shared their wedding day.
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