Coming from a wedding/engagement photographer in New York City it might sound biased, but: everyone should take engagement photos. They're a great opportunity to get fresh new pics with your partner AND get chummy with your wedding photographer. If you need help with any engagement photo outfits or ideas, check out this blog post.
When you choose your wedding/engagement photographer, you should pick a date for your photos. If you're following a wedding planning timeline, this will be 8-12 months pre-wedding. The sooner you can get engagement photos taken, the better -- you don't want to be stressed out in full wedding planning mode during the shoot.
Taking your engagement photos is one of the first things you'll do in the wedding planning process, and it's a great opportunity for you to showcase your relationship and personalities. Your engagement photos should be fun, but picking engagement photo outfits can feel overwhelming. You'll likely use these photos for save the dates, a wedding website, and countless instagram posts, so you're going to want to look and feel your best.
Engagement sessions are included complimentary in every wedding package. They can also be booked individually/a la carte. I always recommend an engagement session because it is an excellent way to get to know the photographer and get used to being in front of the camera. I find that with engagement sessions, the awkwardness lasts about 10-15 minutes. From there, it's a breeze. And with the busy schedule you'll have on your wedding day? You'll trust us to be flies on the wall.