Engagement photos are part of the wedding experience that you do not want to miss out on. Once you have your wedding date booked, it’s time to start planning the engagement photo shoot. For those couples who are ready to pose for the camera, here are some of the top poses as well as some helpful tips to keep in mind before your photographer starts snapping away at your engagement photos.
With every engagement photo package, snagging a shot of the rings is an absolute must. Show off the beautiful ring by having your photographer take snapshots of your ring and your fiance’s ring together. If your ring is a family heirloom, then it’s even more imperative to photograph it. You can use a variety of backdrops for your ring shots. For family heirloom rings, you will want a variety of shots with you wearing the ring. This will add to the personalization of the photo. For a more modern look, consider a backdrop of pastel roses, a rustic wooden table, or any other color scheme that matches your wedding in general.
Keep With The Theme
If you are a planner and have already decided on the color scheme of your wedding, you will want it to reflect in your engagement photos. For example, if you are having a barn wedding, then consider a farm as a location for your engagement photos. If your wedding has a specific color scheme, then you’ll want to let your photographer know. Knowing the theme of your wedding and letting your photographer know can help a great deal when he or she is editing your engagement photos.
Timing For The Fun Of It
Time your engagement photos for the fun of it, literally. Once you have selected your engagement photos date, you will want to time it so that you have enough time between your photoshoot and wedding. Preparing for a wedding can be a handful and downright stressful. You don’t want to this to be the mood when you are having your engagement photos shot. Be sure to have your engagement photoshoot happen far enough before the wedding so that you don’t have to deal with the stressors of the wedding just yet.
Have multiple outfit changes on hand for your engagement photos. Not only will this give you a variety of great photos, but it’s a great way to personalize your photos. First and foremost, you should have a casual but dressed up outfit to start with. Don’t be afraid to glamorize it up with a nice flowing dress. For him, a casual but spiffy collard button up alongside cargo pants should do the trick.
Your next outfit should be a reflection of you and your fiance’s personalities. For example, if you and your partner live on a farm or come from the country, then consider dressing up the part and snapping shots in your natural element. For a final look, consider a formal look. The elegance level is totally up to you, but you will want to sport a nice evening dress to get some stunning formal shots. For these type of shots, we suggest the photoshoot take place closer to the evening hours when you are out and about on the town.
The rage over flower crowns is continuing to bloom (get it, haha!). Get in on the action by sporting a beautiful flower crown during your engagement photos. Find a flower crown fitting for your engagement photo shoot. If your photo session’s location is on a beach, stick with a flower crown that is mute and subtle. If your engagement photos are happening during winter, then a flower crown with pops of bold color is a great contrast from the grey of the cold.
Chalk It Out
You can’t go wrong with a chalkboard in your photoshoot. If you don’t have one, then you need to get your hands on one like yesterday. Chalkboards will become an essential part of your photoshoots for the rest of your life. From expectant due dates to first days of schools, chalkboards are a must for any photoshoot.
For your engagement photos, there is a range of phrases to write that will add to the beauty of your photos. Some phrases that we love include:
- Save the date (enter wedding date)
- Mr. and Mrs. (enter last name and wedding date)
- Laughter and happily ever after (enter names and wedding date)
- Let the adventures begin (enter names and wedding date)
- Your favorite bible verse about marriage
Show off a bit of history in your engagement photos. Bring along photos of you and your fiance when you were children and include them in your photo shoot. Your audience will get a laugh at the changes over the years. Even better, your future kids will get a kick out of seeing mommy and daddy in their awkward years.
The Romantic Embrace
Every good engagement photo shoot should include the classic romantic embrace shot. While it can sometimes be difficult to show a little public display of affection in front on a photographer, the result is well worth it. Put the photographer out of your mind and get in the element with your significant other. When you feel the moment is right, sneak in a kiss. Don’t worry; your photographer has done this a thousand times, so trust that he snagged the shot the first time.
The Candid Shot
It’s pretty clear by now, some of the best photographs are the candid ones. Let your photographer know before the shoot starts that you would like candid photos to be a part of your photography package. This will queue your photographer and give him the freedom to photograph you without having to pose you first. To ensure that your candid photos are the best that they can be, be aware that your photographer will take photos at the most unexpected of moments. Instead of trying to pose for them, play it cool and keep a light smile on your face at all times. Trust that your photographer will know when to snap the shot.
The Golden Hour
One of the best backdrops is the setting sun in what is known as the magical golden hour. You and your photographer will have to time this right to get the perfect shot. But one thing is for certain. When you photograph during the golden hour, you will get a stunning shot that is almost as beautiful as your love for each other.
Get Down On One Knee
It wouldn’t be an engagement photo session if he didn’t get down on one knee. For this classic shot, have your finance replay the moment that he proposed to you by getting down on one knee. If your fiance is a planner and can work it out so that he gets a photographer to snap the shot of the moment, he proposed to you, even better.
Have Fun with it
Engagement photo shoots are meant to be fun. If getting your photo taken stresses you out, then change your frame of thinking. Tell yourself that you are just out having a good old day with your fiance and keep the photographer out of your mind. Every time you hear the little click of the shutter, just know that it’s just a person with a camera who has just happened to freeze another moment in time of your happily ever after. Good luck!
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