80 Engagement Photo Ideas to Steal From Couples Who Totally Nailed It

From playful and fun to dramatic and romantic, these engagement photos will sweep you off your feet

Updated 10/22/19

Photo by Jordan Voth

Now that you and your bae are engaged, it’s time to commemorate the momentous occasion with a romantic photoshoot. But where do you start? There are so many cheesy couples' photos and countless run-of-the-mill shots that it can be a challenge to snap a photo that is truly your own. But thankfully, you don't have to rely on those predictable poses and overdone locations. There are a handful of things you can do to make sure your photos turn out perfectly one-of-a-kind and feel right for you and your parter.

Before you jump into your session, here's what you should know about engagement photoshoots. For starters:

Location

Whether you and your significant other are world travelers or would rather just Netflix and chill, location is everything for making your engagement photos unique.

Your Favorite Spot: Have a go-to coffee shop where the barista knows both of your orders? Or a brewery where you meet for happy hour every week? Use these personal spots as inspiration for your engagement shoot to save the memories of these places for years to come.

Your Next Vacation: Planning a trip together (engagement-moon, anyone?) is one of the most exciting parts of prepping for your big day. If you're heading to a particularly gorgeous location, find a photographer in the region who can snap some shots in front of that city skyline or national park mountainside.

Your First Date: You'll feel all the feels with this one. Revisit the spot of your first date together for a few of your photos, even if it's for your eyes only.

Poses

Unless you're a model, getting "candid" shots will probably feel anything but natural—but there are a few simple ways to help ease any discomfort.

PDA: From simple handholding to sexy, bikini-clad kisses, showing off some public displays of affection always makes for a sweet photo. Pretend like the photographer isn't watching and embrace your partner the way you would when you're alone—as long as it's G-rated.

Using Props: Are you both bookworms? Or love to ride the waves? Incorporate your favorite book into your shot or show off your matching surf boards for a picture that is 100 percent you. Our personal favorite prop? Adding smoke bombs for a pretty and playful pop of color.

Candid Shots: We know it's easier said than done, but sometimes, candid moments make the best photos. Act natural in your location of choice (by sampling hops at a brewery or picking out music at a record store) to create a natural, laid-back feeling to your engagement photos.

Colors

Black and White: For a timeless, striking look to your photos, opt to have your photographer edit your favorites in black and white. The contrast can be simple, but will result in stunning shots.

Dramatic Colors: On the opposite end of the spectrum (pun intended), you can use the unique colors of your shoot's locale to find a color palette that puts any Instagram filter to shame.

Talk to your photographer beforehand to see how they can edit your pictures in a style that fits you.

Consider Your Wardrobe: While you don't want to match your partner, you'll want to make sure your colors complement one another. Opt for pastels, neutrals, and cool shades. Photographers recommend avoiding busy prints, which can create distraction in your photos.

Timing

Golden Hour: Sunset (or Golden Hour, as most Instagram users would call it) is the perfect time to capture a beautiful shot that guarantees great lighting. The red, soft hues will make for an intimate feel in your snaps.

Nighttime: Use the starry sky or pretty lights (like those on a ferris wheel, for example) to give a pop to your nighttime pics.

Unexpected Weather: No raining on your parade. Torrential rain, snowstorms, and overwhelming heat aren't ideal, but that doesn't mean your photo is ruined.

Use the inclement weather to your advantage by adding a pretty umbrella or taking your photos to a nearby snow covered forest.

With those tips in mind, take a look at how the following couples did it; lighthearted and fun or glamorous and chic, these engagement photo ideas are sure to inspire you.

01 of 79

Roller Coaster Romance

Couple with rollercoaster

Photo by Ken Pak Photography

We're loving this couple's playful addition of an amusement park in their photo.

02 of 79

Go to New Heights

Couple in helicopter

Photo by Shari + Mike Photography

This couple looked to the skies for this idea: taking their engagement photos in a helicopter.

03 of 79

The Cool Couple's Road Trip

Couple on roadtrip

Photo by Sara Rogers Photography

Combine your next road trip and your engagement shots into one by incorporating your travels into your photoshoot. We love this couple's laid-back, off-road vibe.

04 of 79

A Sexy Swimsuit Shot

Couple on beach

Photo by Baylee Dennis Photography

Looking to spice up your engagement photos? Unpack that slinky bikini and head to the beach for a sexy and sensual shoot of you and your partner. Sports Illustrated has nothin' on you two.

05 of 79

Find Beauty in the Ordinary

Couple on beach

Photo by Andrew Nguyen of Hipsterwedding.asia

Who knew a bulldozer could make such a beautiful prop? We love how this couple used an unconventional backdrop to make their engagement photos one of a kind.

06 of 79

Whip Your Hair Back and Forth

Couple hair flip

Photo by Magdalena Glowacka of Fotomagoria

Channel your inner child and use your long locks to your advantage. This couple's playful hair flip has us wanting to convince our partners to let it grow.

07 of 79

Including Your Favorite Local Pub

Couple drinking beer

Photo by Feather and North

When you both really, really love beer; a trip to the brewery is in order.

08 of 79

In Your Natural Habitat

Photo by Olivia Markle

Seriously, what’s better than snuggling in bed with the one you love? At-home engagement sessions capture the candid and the genuine.

09 of 79

In Front of a Romantic Italian Backdrop

Couple in Positano

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Positano officially just got added to our bucket list. Even on a rainy day, the cliffside scenery is surreal, especially when combined with a couple decked out in elegant black.

10 of 79

The Spot Where You First Met

Couple in a record store

Photo by Kylie Morgan Photography

The most adorable idea for the music loving couple, right here. These two met in a record store, so they naturally brought their engagement shoot back to their beginning.

11 of 79

In Front of a Romantic Celestial Sky

Couple with starry sky backdrop

Photo by Adam Black Photographer

This pic is just stellar—get it? A starry night is pure magic; nature couldn’t possibly set a more romantic mood for the newly engaged.

12 of 79

A Ferris Wheel Date

Couple in front of ferris wheel

Photo by Abbi

There’s no sweeter date spot than a carnival. With a glittering ferris wheel in the background, the scene evokes youthful, magical romance.

13 of 79

At Your Favorite Place to Shop

Couple at Target store

Photo by Laurken Kendall

Because Target is actually the best place on earth. Just when you thought shopping there couldn’t get any more fun, this couple takes it to new heights. We’d say they hit a bull's-eye with this shot.

14 of 79

Include Your Favorite Fairytale

Couple hiding behind book

Photo by Shadi Boulos Photography

Two bookworms can get behind this cute idea.

15 of 79

Show Off Your Daredevil Side

Couple hiking

Photo by Henry Tieu

How perfect is this shot for the adventurous duo? We love the contrast of action and intimacy up here in the trees.

16 of 79

A Fun Day in Bed

Couple pillow fight

Photo by Vic Boncivini

A pillow fight is a fun way to show off your playful sides.

17 of 79

Make Commuting Cute

Couple in subway

Photo by Sera Petras Photography

Who knew subways could be so romantic? This stylish NYC shot captures city life and this couple’s sweet candor.

18 of 79

A Playful (And Sexy) Bubble Bath Shot

Couple taking bubble bath

Photo by Hailey Pierce Photography

Drinking wine in a bubble bath? We’re alllllll about that life.

19 of 79

A Modern Jack and Rose

Couple sailing

Photo by Jordan Quinn Photography

Sailing off into the sunset has never looked so sublime.

20 of 79

A Nature Walk

Couple by the ocean

Photo by Callie Manion Photography

Beautiful reflections on the Oregon coast and a vivid emerald green dress make for a stunning photo.

21 of 79

Celebrate With Bottles of Bubbly

Couple with champagne in the desert

Photo by Monique Serra Photography

Poppin’ bottles in the desert—that’s how it’s done, cowboy style.

22 of 79

At Your Favorite Local Café

Couple at restaurant

Photo by Pezz Photo

A visit to a neighborhood restaurant makes for some down-to-earth photos. There’s nothing more reminiscent of a first date than sharing two Coca-Colas at the counter.

23 of 79

In a Colorful Canyon

Couple in canyon

Photo by Jordan Voth

The swirling sienna sandstone of Antelope Canyon creates an intimate, otherworldly feel for a sexy engagement sesh.

24 of 79

Use Some Old-School Style

Couple in front of Thunderbird car

Photo by Jo Johnson Photography

From the white columned house to the classic Thunderbird and elegantly dressed couple, this photo is chic as can be.

25 of 79

Going Up in Smoke

Couple with colored smoke

Photo by Studio 29 Photography

Tinted smoke adds a shock of color and lighthearted fun to an engagement session, making for some spirited photos.

26 of 79

In a Playful Poolside Picture

Couple in floaty at the beach

Photo by Seth and Kaiti

These two cuties are all twisted up in love. Playful pool inflatables promise to spice up a standard beach engagement shoot.

27 of 79

At an Iconic City Landmark

Couple on Brooklyn Bridge

Photo by Carly Jane Thunell

We’re not sure how these two managed a quiet, people-free Brooklyn Bridge stroll, but we’re loving the perspective and iconic architecture here.

28 of 79

A Pretty Paddleboat

Photo by Ashton Teriece

We dare you to find a more romantic place to take your engagement photos. Just like Ally and Noah, make your engagement shoot totally heart melting in a private paddleboat.

29 of 79

Close Up Kisses

Couple in park

Photo by Shannen Natasha Weddings

We’re as crazy about the plentiful plaid as much as this couple looks crazy in love. This adorable shot is all outdoorsy fun and autumnal feels.

30 of 79

Basically Anywhere in Italy

Couple amongst Cyprus trees in Italy

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Impeccable fashion, studly gents, and Tuscan scenery—this shot is all sorts of stylish.

31 of 79

Utilizing Golden Hour

Couple at sunset

Photo by Maciej Suwalowski

Dusk’s amber haze captures these two running off into the future together.

32 of 79

A One-On-One in the Waterfalls

Couple in waterfall

Photo by Olivia Markle

There’s nothing quite as dreamy as a refreshing waterfall dip with your boo.

33 of 79

A Photo With Your Fur Baby

Couple in the kitchen with dog

Photo by Sidney Morgan

A snug kitchen, sweats, and a pup—this at-home shot is comfortable and natural.

34 of 79

A Playful Day at the Carnival

Couple on carousel

Photo by Wild Heart Visuals

A carousel ride with your person is the epitome of cuteness.

35 of 79

At Your Favorite Fast Food Joint

Couple at In-N-Out Burger

Photo by Kati Hoy; Devin Jenkins

In-N-Out Burger isn’t your typical engagement photo spot, but that’s exactly what makes this laid-back shot so great.

36 of 79

Hanging Ten With Your Number One

Couple with surf boards

Photo by Jordan Voth

Surfs up! We’re California dreamin’ with this totes adorbs couple.

37 of 79

In Front of the Perfect Sunset

Couple at sunset in desert

Photo by Westlund Photography

Cotton candy skies create a soft pastel backdrop that complements and contrasts with the craggy terrain.

38 of 79

Make Inclement Weather Beautiful

Couple under umbrella in the rain

Photo by Fox & Kin

This couple will have you wishing for rain during your engagement photo shoot.

39 of 79

Recreate Your Favorite Album Cover

Couple walking on crosswalk

Photo by Forever Photography

This New York City crosswalk is no Abbey Road, but this couple makes it just as charming.

40 of 79

In a Disney Inspired Destination

Couple in garden

Photo by Lauren Fair Photography

Now, this is what fairytale dreams are made of. A lavender dress and old-world romantic setting complete with climbing vines make for engagement photo goals.

41 of 79

Overlooking Los Angeles

Couple at Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

Photo by Mary Costa Photography

Not much can beat this La La Land-esque view. We can’t get over this golden, elegant engagement shot up in the sky at the Griffith Observatory.

42 of 79

A Pic With Your Pooch

Couple kissing with dog

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

This couple is adorable, but the pup is the star of the picture. Include your pet for a sweet family portrait.

43 of 79

Take a Dip in the Ocean

Couple kissing in the ocean waves

Photo by Emily Illuminate

Foamy waves crashing around this totally in love couple make for a sexy and sultry shot.

44 of 79

Include a Little Music

Couple with guitar on mountain

Photo by Kylie Morgan Photography

A sweet serenade as the sun climbs over the mountain has our hearts swooning into the sky.

45 of 79

Go Old-School

Couple kissing in a boat on a mountainside lake

Photo by ElevenEleven Films

This vintage inspired shot with a rowboat for two, gorgeous green hues, and striking composition just took our breaths away.

46 of 79

With a Wild West Theme

Couple with car in desert

Photo by The Love Studio

A sultry desert, stylish threads, and a car driving away in the dust? This getaway session emits cinematic vibes.

47 of 79

In the City of Love

Couple under the Eiffel Tower

Photo by Greg Finck

We’re saying "oui" to this stunning springtime photo captured in the city of love.

48 of 79

Driving off Into the Sunset

Couple in convertible driving into the sunset

Photo by Olivia Markle

All the emotion. There’s nothing like a convertible ride along the coast, with the top down and your fiancé by your side.

49 of 79

At a Breathtaking National Park

Couple on a bride in the forest and mountains of Yosemite

Photo by Dawn Photography

Simply put, this Yosemite engagement photo is epic. A forest of trees, sky-high mountains, and a romantic bridge combine for a breathtaking view.

50 of 79

In an Enchanting Venice Canal

Couple in Venice

Photo by Serena Genovese

This couple nails the destination engagement shoot, glamming up the canals of Venice with an elegant red dress.

51 of 79

In a Winter Wonderland

Couple with fairy lights in the snow

Photo by Elopement Photography

Getting lit! The most innovative use of fairy lights we’ve ever seen, amidst pure snowy perfection.

52 of 79

With a Sweet Treat

Couple eating ice cream

Photo by Indiee Fox

How cute is this couple’s Lady and The Tramp moment? Ice cream over spaghetti, any day.

53 of 79

A Perfect Golden Hour Shot

Couple at the beach at sunset

Photo by Laurken Kendall

Suns out, buns out. There’s something naturally beautiful about these babes running off into the sinking sun.

54 of 79

You Should Play With Your Food

Couple drinking coffee

Photo by Paola Colleoni Photography

Baby, it’s cold outside. This playful couple knows how to make the most of their hot chocolate—and their personalities.

55 of 79

Fields of Flowers Forever

Couple in wild flower field in the mountains

Photo by Paige Nelson Photography

What’s sweeter than carrying your princess bride-to-be through a meadow of flowers?

56 of 79

Channel Your Favorite Rom-Com

Couple swimming in a mountainside lake

Photo by Luke Liable

Submerged fun is transformed into an endearing shot with this couple's inspiration from The Notebook.

57 of 79

With a Big Apple Backdrop

Couple in front of Brooklyn bridge

Photo by Forever Photography

We’re rooftop dreaming with these two and the Brooklyn skyline.

58 of 79

The Best Brunch Ever

Couple eating breakfast in bed

Photo by Brian Whitt Photography

This breakfast in bed scene is all snug and intimate.

59 of 79

Show off Your Silly Side

Couple having fun

Photo by Julian Sell Photography

Goofing off in a shopping cart makes for a playful pic that shows off this couple’s young at heart vibes.

60 of 79

Blow Them Away With a Windy City Backdrop

Couple kissing in front of Chicago skyline

Photo by Sincerely Yara Photographie

We heart a good cityscape background in any engagement photo, like this one in downtown Chicago.

61 of 79

Nautical Nuptials

Couple sailing on a boat

Photo by DONNY WU

These lovers are whisked off to paradise with a front row view from the bow of a boat.

62 of 79

A Mid-Dinner Photoshoot

Couple cooking

Photo by We Met Love

These kitchen cuties know how to make cooking fun.

63 of 79

Beachside Bliss

Couple in a lifeguard stand at the beach

Photo by Serena Genovese

Lifeguard duty just got a whole lot cuter with this pair.

64 of 79

Amidst the Ocean Waves

Couple at the ocean

Photo by Katie Shuler Photography

The crashing surf leaves behind a sparkling splash surrounding this seemingly stranded couple in a dreamy scene.

65 of 79

With Matching Shirts

Couple in matching shirts in the mountains

Photo by Henry Tieu

And you thought his and hers shirts were cheesy. This couple proves they’re anything but.

66 of 79

The Cutest Camping Trip Ever

Couple camping in the back of a van

Photo by Antonyette Photography

Camping out in the back of a van—it can’t get much cuter than this.

67 of 79

A Shot Through the Windows

Couple kissing inside window

Photo by Melissa Marshall

A peek through the window reflects on sweet love.

68 of 79

A Hot Shot in the Freezing Temperatures

Couple kissing in the snow

Photo by Henry Tieu

Having a winter engagement shoot? Bring a tribal printed blanket to keep you and your fiancé warm and add an unexpected, cozy touch.

69 of 79

We Say "Oui" to This French Café

Couple at a cafe

Photo by Kayla Barker

We adore this sidewalk caffeine fix—there’s something romantic, intimate, and chic about a French café.

70 of 79

A Glam Boating Excursion

Couple on a boat

Photo by Branco Prata Studios

Sleek, sexy, and sophisticated—you can put us on this slender tender anytime. We love how this bride-to-be amps up the glam factor with a sequined dress.

71 of 79

On a Chic Speedboat

Couple on a speedboat

Photo by Serena Genovese

This luxe speedboat shot makes our hearts go vroom. Undeniably chic, it’s total engagement photo goals.

72 of 79

A Totally Candid Shot

Couple laughing

Photo by Sarah Kathleen

The best shots are the candid ones. This photo of a couple’s infectious laughter is warm, friendly, and oh-so sweet.

73 of 79

Make Chores Fun

Couple in denim at laundromat

Photo by Indiee Fox

Remind us why we ever hated doing laundry? This laundromat shot is tons of fun, especially when complemented by the couple’s edgy, retro vibe.

74 of 79

A Sweet Spin on Sledding

Couple sledding

Photo by Karra Leigh Photography

Sledding for two and a winter wonderland setting, yes please.

75 of 79

Be a Badass Bride and Groom

Couple on a motorcycle

Photo by Dawn Photography

This couple stayed true to themselves with an edgy motorcycle shoot. Illustrate your relationship with a themed session that reflects your personalities.

76 of 79

A Grand Photo From the Grand Canyon

Couple at the Grand Canyon

Photo by Artistrie Co.

A striking canyon doused in soft, ethereal sunlight provides a jaw-dropping backdrop for this engagement photo. The couple’s formal attire is elegantly juxtaposed with Mother Nature.

77 of 79

A Hot Take on a Fire Escape

Couple on a fire escape

Photo by Forever Photography

The love of this cool couple helps bring out the beauty of an otherwise ordinary fire escape.

78 of 79

An Sublime Mountain Backdrop

Couple in the mountains

Photo by Jeremiah and Rachel Photography

Boy, do we love a good contrast, like the elegance of this bride-to-be’s dress against the raw, ethereal beauty of the Montana wilderness.

79 of 79

In a Snowy Woodland

Couple in the snow

Photo by Ashley Sawtelle Photography

Turn those post-holiday blues into the perfect photo op. After a big snow, your local forest preserve will transform into a winter wonderland.

Related Stories