The main purpose of an engagement session is to document the memorable moment of a relationship going forward. After reading my Tips for Engagement Sessions article, many couples are still confused about where to do their couples photo session. So after the great success of my previous #WeddingWednesday article on Wedding Venue ideas, today I’m sharing ideas on engagement session locations in Puerto Rico!
WHAT defines you as a couple?
Before going into specifics about photo session locations, I want to talk about what makes a location perfect each couple. The best location for an engagement session is somewhere that represents YOU as a couple! Some suggestions to get your imagination flowing:
Try somewhere that brings up good memories
Maybe you met each other while bar hopping, or you continuously stumbled upon each other in your College library. Maybe a mutual friend set you during a beach day outing. Or maybe your first date was going to the beach… Think about those places!
Try something that you like to do as a couple
Anything from couch surfing to museum visits to dining out to dancing. I want to get to know you better and scheduling your engagement session doing something that represents you as a couple will really get your personalities showing in your photos.
Try something new together for the first time
Many destination clients explore some tourist attractions with me on their engagement session day. Use a cool hiking spot that keeps showing up on your Instagram, or an extreme sport you’ve never tried before. It would be fun to capture some “normal” portraits and also your expressions as you try this new thing.
- Coffee Haciendas
- Agricultural Farms
- Independent Movie Theaters
- Seasonal Fairs
- Museum Visit
- Library Visit
- Zoo visits
- Yatch Ride
- Horseback riding
WHERE would be the best backdrop?
Now that you have an idea of what makes you YOU, it’s time to settle on a backdrop. What do you want to have as surroundings? Think outside the box!
The best-known of these in Puerto Rico is Old San Juan, but for every of its 78 towns, theres a city center with historical architecture, each with its own vibe and idiosyncrasy.
Urban Contemporary Setting
I love many urban settings in the San Juan area such as Santurce, Miramar, Rio Piedras, and Calle Loíza. They offer lots of options and backdrops: explore shops, have some coffee/tea/beers, and all kinds of arts.
White sand, black sand, calm waters, rough waves, cliffs… Puerto Rico has it all. I’m a #BeachBaby, so just let me know where and when, and I’ll come up with the best suggestions.
Puerto Rico has El Yunque Rainforest, A Dry Forest in Guanica, and Pinetree Forests in Cayey.
I love gardens! There’s a variety of them: either private, japanese (like the one in Ponce), or botanic (either in Caguas or Rio Piedras), garden backdrops are some of my favorite to shoot.
I hope that these suggestions help (and not confuse you more) in your decision on where to have your portrait session done. I love anything that adds variety and fun to my work, so please don’t EVER feel shy to ask for something different. I’d love to be there!
Did I miss something? I’d love to update this blog post with your ideas! On the next #WeddingWednesday, I’ll be talking about wedding timelines! And why they can make or break your wedding photos! See you soon!