Now that your beau has finally popped the question, it’s time to commemorate the occasion with a sweet engagement session. And oh boy, have we got some engagement photo ideas for you.
When it comes to timing, you can choose to do the session sooner rather than later if you plan to submit a formal announcement to the paper or want to use the photos for save-the-dates. On the other hand, you can wait a little longer until you’ve booked the date for your wedding (to incorporate into the shoot, of course) or your wedding photographer, as many offer engagement sessions in a package deal.
But the timing is the least of your problems—we know you’re on the quest to make these engagement photos the perfect embodiment of you and your partner. Take this chance to exemplify your personalities. Is there a common hobby the two of you love to do together? Incorporate it into the shoot whether through a prop or location. If you’re both foodies, hit up your favorite restaurant, or if you love cooking, bring out the baking bowl and blender. Into sports? Head to your team’s stadium for some playful photos.
Choosing a location is key to great photos. Are there any spots significant to your relationship? Take cute pics at the café where you had your first date or against the skyline of the city you both call home. Of course, you don’t need a significant location—your photographer will be full of suggestions for some gorgeous backdrops. You can also choose to bring props to your location, such as a picnic basket, balloons, or even your dog to help personalize your photo. While many couples choose to do outdoor shots with a stunning nature setting, indoors at-home sessions are becoming more popular and make for some crazily adorable photos. Being in your natural habitat is a great way to get comfortable and cozy in front of the camera.
Location will also help dictate what you should wear, but it doesn’t necessarily have to. For example, an autumn background in the park may call for a more casual outfit, while a foreign city, such as Paris, may elicit a more formal dress. But if the woodlands are calling your name and you’re dying to don a couture dress, the two can create a beautiful juxtaposition. The important thing is making sure you and your partner are dressed similarly (but not matchy-matchy) for a cohesive look. Narrowing it down can be difficult, but take relief in the fact that you can always do multiple outfit changes and switch up locations (as most couples do)— just talk to your photographer about it.
Still can’t decide? From the lighthearted and fun to the glamorous and editorial-like, these engagement photo ideas are sure to inspire you.