We frequently field phone calls and emails (especially toward the end of the year during engagement season) about engagement photography sessions for the Austin area. The primary and simple response that I give new couples is “yes, we can definitely photograph your engagement session and have a beautiful engagement print (framed or not) ready for your wedding day!”
Here are some frequently asked questions that Austin couples have asked about how the photo session works and some suggestions as well…
Q. Do you photograph engaged couples for engagement portraits?
A. Yes! We have lots of experience photographing couples in Austin, Round Rock and surrounding Hill Country for a special photography session including just the 2 of you.
Q. Where will you photograph our engagement session?
A. You can choose wherever you’d like to be photographed, preferably in the Austin, Texas or Central Texas area.
Q. I’m new/unfamiliar with Austin, Texas. Can you suggest some nice locations for our engagement portrait session?
A. Sure! We have a list of about 20 popular photography locations in and around Austin that we share with our clients. We can also give you specific suggestions based on what kind of engagement session you want.
Q. How long does the engagement portrait session last?
A. Our Austin engagement session is 60 minutes long, which normally gives the engaged couple time to relax, get into the moment with their partner (we call it “feeling the love”) and get lots of great poses at the location of their choice.
Q. Does the engagement photo session include a separate CD of images I can keep?
A. Yes. Couples receive a CD of edited, re-touched images (usually ranging from 50-150 full-sized, hi-resolution images).
Q. What all is included with my engagement photo session fee?
A. Our engagement session clients receive 60 minutes of shooting time, a CD of hi-resolution, edited images, free consultation to plan your event, expert shoot location suggestions, and quality personal service from a local Austin small business owner/photographer.
Q. Do you edit the images?
A. Yes, we individually edit all the images from your engagement photo session with Adobe Lightroom 3.0, the industry leader in photo editing. We can also apply artistic filters to your images, remove blemishes from skin, soften features and lots more.
Q. How long does it take to edit the images?
A. Normal editing of images requires 1-2 weeks.
Q. Do you have wedding photography packages that include an engagement session?
A. Yes we do. We have a number of wedding photography packages for Austin brides-to-be that include engagement sessions. In fact, you can also customize any package to include a engagement photo session so that your package is custom fit for your big day.
Q. Do you print the images from the engagement session or is it up to me?
A. It’s up to you. We have the ability to create and ship high quality, professional and stylish prints to your door, if you choose. You also have the option as a bride to print anywhere you desire.
Q. Do you work with an assistant at engagement sessions?
A. Occasionally we bring along an assistant to help out with engagement photo sessions, depending on the circumstances. You may bring along friends and family if you like.
Q. Are there extra fees associated with certain locations for my upcoming engagement session?
A. In many cases there are no other fees, but occasionally there are places that charge couples a “sitting fee” for using their location. Examples of places that charge fees include Zilker Botanical Gardens, The Driskill Hotel, Dunvegan Keep, and others; However, most engagement locations around Austin (particularly outdoor locations) are free. J
Q. Will I have the opportunity to incorporate some of my engagement photos into my regular wedding album?
A. Yes, we can incorporate as many or as few of your engagement session photographs into your wedding album. We can also create a separate album of only engagement photos if needed. We have a wonderful special album which we call the “Engagement Guestbook”. It’s different in that it’s a stylish album full of your engagement photos but it leaves space for your guests to write. The engagement guestbook gives you something special to show off on wedding day! Just ask about our special sale pricing on this item!
Q. Does Austin Americana Photography provide printing and framing service? Will you deliver a print or framed print of my engagement session on wedding day?
A. Yes, we can do all these things. We provide optional printing and framing services for our wedding clientele. We can deliver a framed print of your engagement session on your wedding day if this is what you desire.
Q. What if the weather is bad. Is there a backup plan for my session?
A. Sure. If you don’t want to re-schedule, then we’ll either have you come into our home studio or choose an alternate indoor location.
Q. When should I schedule my engagement photo session with Austin Americana?
A. We ask that you schedule your engagement photo session a minimum of 2-3 weeks prior to your wedding day to allow for image editing, processing, printing, shipping, etc.
A few weeks ago, just before the holidays, I photographed a mini-engagement session for some new friends at Austin’s French Legation. As I mentioned before in my other blog, the French Legation is significant in many ways; in 1839 France recognized The Republic of Texas as an independent nation and entered into an alliance treaty with the new republic. France soon sent a special envoy to Austin, Texas – Jean Pierre Isador Alphonse Dubois de Saligny with the special title of chargé d’affaires. He wasted no time contracting the building of the French Legation to Texas, which still stands in the hills just above downtown, east of IH-35.
The couple selected the location from my “Recommended Austin Locations” list that I share with clients and they loved the place. It has great views of the city, plenty of greenery (and in this case, colorful fall/winter leaves too), as well as the historic houses which have been standing for 100+ years.
As I mentioned before, the French Legation has a friendly, talkative staff, including Franke and Sarah, who are helpful and eager to discuss Austin’s history. They are always eager to share information, discuss history with you and give tours and the designated hours of operation. I highly recommend stopping by for a tour of the French Legation. You can also become a “Friend of the French Legation”. Austin French Legation Website: http://www.frenchlegationmuseum.org/
Through a promotion that Austin Americana ran a few months back on Localiter, I had the privilege of meeting Angelica and Cesar, a cute couple with a great story and a lot of affection for one another. They met while she visited Chile (he is from Chile, she from Texas) and fell in love. Now they both live in Austin and love the South Congress area (SoCo, as it is lovingly referred to by locals).
To them, SoCo represents all that is weird and fun about Austin and it’s a place where they’ve had some special dates together. And what else could a person want? There are resale shops, famous hotels (Hotel San Jose), festivals/First Thursday, pizza (Home Slice), Ice Cream (Amy’s), and so much more. So naturally the couple decided that South Congress should be where they get photographed for their engagement session.
We all met up on a cool, windy December afternoon and strolled down South Congress after meeting up at Guero’s Taco Bar, probably one of the most well known attractions in SoCo. Angelica and Cesar had a few things/spots in mind that they wanted to capture in their engagement photo session. These included Amy’s Ice Cream, Home Slice, The Virgin Mural, and some shots of them crossing the street. I think we were able to capture some great stuff. You be the judge…
Another happy, beautiful couples photo session on Lady Bird Lake in Austin,Texas…