For many couples, taking engagement photos is one of the first activities that gets the ball rolling toward the alter. Since it does come at the beginning, it’s important to get started on the right photo foot. The new trend embraces the unusual and unique — this could mean booking a weekend trip with your photographer for a “destination” shoot or creating photos in your own backyard.
Capturing the personality of the soon-to-be bride and groom is key, and anything goes. It’s all about a couple expressing themselves in a less formal way than they will on their wedding day. The mood is often fun, playful, loving, quirky and one-of-a-kind.
With this fresh attitude driving newly engaged couples, photographers are memorializing the bride- and groom-to-be in everything from funky retro attire to elegant evening-wear. The fantasy locations range from an amusement part Ferris wheel to a checkered beach blanket by the ocean.
Props to You
If you’re a little camera shy or maybe you just don’t know what to do with your hands, using props is an easy way to become more comfortable in front of the camera (Think: you with a handful of flowers or your main squeeze holding his cowboy hat). Cars, bikes and parasols are simple ways to add a pop of color and make a picture come to life. A few little props can make engagement photos a lot more fun than just a regular portrait. In addition, they can put you and your partner more at ease. Some ideas to consider include:
- Masquerade masks
- Colored chalk and a brick wall or sidewalk
- Large wooden initials of your new last name
Couples have weddings on the beach, amusement parks, even at zoos from time to time, so why not have a photo session at these places, as well? Another idea is to convene with nature and have photos taken in the great outdoors. There’s something very romantic about two people in love exploring uncharted areas together. You don’t have to pose in hiking boots; balance the beauty of an elegant outfit with a breathtaking outdoor setting.
Your home may describe you better than any other place on earth, so this could be a good starting point for a fun photo shoot! Inviting your photographer into your home to observe you in your most natural setting will boost your comfort level and allow you do be yourselves and enjoy one another while the camera snaps away. Your photographer can get playful shots of the two of you cooking together, playing board games or just doing what you do best – being in love.
From re-enacting romantic films to staging a zombie invasion, many couples are taking their engagement photos to the next level, and are having a great time doing it! Do the two of you have a favorite book or movie, or is there a work of art that helped your relationship blossom? Work with your photographer to shoot a session inspired by a work of any kind that you two are passionate about.
A Day in Your Life
Ask your photographer to follow the two of you around for a day as you visit your favorite restaurants, parks, museums, first date spots and other venues. The photographer will capture the two of you interacting as you move through your day. It’s natural and it’s exciting – just like your life’s adventure together.