An engagement photo shoot is a great way to announce your engagement. You can also use these shots in your wedding decor. Engagement photos might seem less important than wedding photos, but you still want them to be perfect. Here are seven tips for engagement photos that you might find helpful.
Tip #1. Choose the right photographer. You can hire two different photographers for you engagement photo shoot and for your wedding, but we recommend that you ask your wedding photographer to take engagement photos. First, many wedding photographers include engagement photo shoot into their standard package, so why pay more. Second, it will be kind of a test run that will help you make sure you are comfortable with your photographer.
Tip #2. Don't neglect preparations. Being spontaneous doesn't work well as far as engagement photo shoots are concerned. You should discuss the general idea of the photo shoot, location, outfits (make sure they don't clash), hair, make up, etc. beforehand. Make sure you have a back up plan if something goes wrong. For example, if you've opted for an outdoor location, you should have an indoor alternative in case of bad weather.
Tip #3. Stick to basic poses. You probably won't have much time to shoot, so you better keep it simple. Choose several poses that are flattering and comfortable to both of you, so that you feel relaxed and photos look natural.
Tip #4. Be careful with props. A lot of couples use props for their engagement pictures such as balloons, chalk boards, cars, book, fruit, cupcakes, letters, umbrellas, soap bubbles, and even their pets. Props are not bad per se, on the contrary, they can make your engagement photos really stand out. Just don't go overboard. Remember that this photo shoot is about you and not about props.
Tip #5. Be yourself. You engagement photo shoot is supposed to reflect your love story and your personalities, so don't try to be someone else. Do what feels natural and comfortable and make your photos uniquely you. Incorporating your hobbies or favorite activities into the photo shoot is a great way to make it natural.
Tip #6. Be close. You take these photos to announce that you are in love and want to commit your lives to each other, so PDA such as holding hands, hugging and kissing is okay. However, you should keep it PG. Try to avoid shoots you would not want your future children and grandchildren to see.
Tip #7. Don't overthink. The best way to make your engagement photo shoot perfect is to relax and have fun. If you're genuinely happy, your engagement photos will capture it, and that is the only thing that really matters.
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