How to Capture Creative Engagement Photos
Getting engaged is one of the most exciting times of your life, so it’s no wonder that engagement photo shoots are becoming increasingly popular with couples. It’s the perfect way to capture the happiness between yourself and your partner and keep it forever in a personalised engagement album.
If you’re a photography lover, you might just want to do your own engagement shoot. All you need is the right equipment and some good ideas. Take a peek at our creative engagement photo ideas for some inspiration.
Planning your Engagement Photo Shoot
Planning is key when it comes to capturing creative engagement photos. Some areas to consider include:
- Location: Where would you like your photos to take place? Think about your relationship – is there a certain place that sums you up or that has a special meaning for you? Why not choose it for the location of your shoot?
- Time of day: Choose the time of day carefully, as it will influence the outcome of your photos. A popular choice for flattering photos is the golden hour. Check out our post on golden hour photography for tips on how to use natural lighting for dreamy engagement photos.
- Weather: If you’re planning on having your engagement photo shoot outside, you’ll need to consider the weather conditions. Get creative with lens flares on a sunny day or make the most of the rain for some fun romantic shots.
- Outfits: You’ll be looking at these photos for the rest of your life, so make sure you’ve got an outfit that you feel confident and comfortable in. Planning a long shoot? Take multiple outfits for a variety of shots to go in your engagement photo book.
Your Engagement Photography Kit List
If you’re looking to take your engagement photos yourself, there are a few essential pieces of kit that will help you along the way. These include:
- A tripod: Using a tripod will allow you to take multiple different shots from the same place, meaning you can get creative with poses without compromising the composition of the shot.
- A self-timer/remote release: This one’s a biggie. In order for you to both be in the photos, you’ll need a self-timer or remote release for your camera. If you’re using a remote release, just make sure it’s out of frame.
- Flash. This one’s optional, but definitely worth considering, especially if you choose an indoor location. Having a flash will allow you to capture a variety of photos with slightly different finishes, so you can choose your favourite post-shoot.
Engagement Photography Locations
When it comes to choosing a location for your engagement photo shoot, there are a few things for you to consider. Do you want your shoot to be inside or outside? Relaxed or elegant? We’ll share our suggestions to give you some ideas.
Indoor Engagement Photography
- Your home: Sounds simple, but if you’re proud of your home why not make the most of it? Taking your engagement photos in your home will create some laidback, cosy shots of you and your other half.
- The spa: Love luxury? Why not head to a spa for some beautiful, atmospheric pictures of you both? Capture the steam from the pool for a real romantic feel, or head out to the grounds for something picturesque. Of course, it’s also a great excuse for another pre-wedding pamper.
- Historic buildings: Many historic houses and buildings are open to amateur photographers – but it’s best to call ahead and check first! Look out for grand staircases, galleries and architecture to help frame your gorgeous romantic shots.
Outdoor Engagement Photography
- The beach: Sounds cliché, but there’s no denying that sweeping sands and that open expanse of blue make for some great photo opportunities. Head to the beach at dawn or sunset for an empty beach and stunning skies.
- Forests and fields: Here in the UK, you’re never more than an hour’s drive away from rolling hills
orpicturesque forests. Wide open grassy spaces are great for a romantic windswept look, while wooded areas and waterfalls make for plenty of atmospheric photo opportunities.
- The city: Why not revisit a city that means something special to you? Shooting your engagement photos against an urban backdrop create some cool shots of the pair of you. For some creative engagement photos, look out for colourful street art and visually interesting architecture.
If you capture a favourite engagement shot you really love, make the most of it by turning it into some stunning wall art for your home. An edgy urban shot would look great as a Framed Photo P
Engagement Photography Shoot Ideas
Now you’ve sorted your kit and location, it’s time to think about who and what you’d like to include in your engagement photo book.
- Pets: Do you and your partner share a fur baby? Bring them along to your shoot for some adorable family photos of and
youpet. If your pet has a big personality they’re bound to create some laughter and big smiles in your photos.
- Props: Do you have something that brought you together as a couple? If you met through a certain sport or hobby, bring some memorabilia to create some
funny, personal photos for you to look back on.
- Poses: Play around with different poses. Are you affectionate or do you prefer to be playful? Think about how you are as a couple and what you’re comfortable with to capture poses that look honest and natural.
Showcase Your Engagement Photography
Pleased with your efforts? Proudly display them in a personalised photo book for you to look back on for years to come.