Here are two common questions I get from newly engaged couples...
Q: How far before my wedding should I have my engagement session done?
A: While I am not sure there is one correct answer, I would say some where between 6 and 12 months prior to your event. In my opinion, I find this amount of time allows you to make "Save the Dates", newspaper announcements and even post your upcoming celebration via social network sites.
Q: Do I have to get engagement photos done?
A: Again, this is all subjective. There isn't one wedding or couple that I have met that does everything the same. And, there certainly isn't engagement police out there dictating whether or not you are doing the right thing, either way. With that being said, I personally encourage my clients to get them done, which is why most of my packages include or offer a discounted session. I find this is an opportunity for us to meet or reconnect before your event. Editing styles, clients and photographers are all very different so I appreciate getting to know each couple and their style, prior to the BIG DAY.
To sum it all up - you are in charge! The images will go out to your friends and family. The images hang on your walls, capture your life, memories and so on. Don't let anyone pressure you into something they think is "right".
All my best!