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Beautiful Ideas for Your Engagement Photos

By: Kristen Klein

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  • Choose Your Location Wisely

    Choose Your Location Wisely

    A garden filled with beautiful flowers provides a lovely backdrop.

  • Choose Your Location Wisely

    Choose Your Location Wisely

    And if you do choose a garden filled with flowers, wear a dress that contrasts.

  • Choose Your Location Wisely

    Choose Your Location Wisely

    Drive to the top of a mountain and take in the breathtaking views.

  • Choose Your Location Wisely

    Choose Your Location Wisely

    A clearing in the woods overlooking the water provides a mystical setting.

  • Choose Your Location Wisely

    Choose Your Location Wisely

    Keep your background simple with a few lush trees.

  • Choose Your Location Wisely

    Choose Your Location Wisely

    A cliff overlooking the ocean will bring tranquility to your photos.

    Photo Credit: The Big Affair

  • Choose Your Location Wisely

    Choose Your Location Wisely

    Sit in the sand for a relaxed photo.

    Photo Credit: The Big Affair

  • Choose Your Location Wisely

    Choose Your Location Wisely

    Row a boat out to the middle of a lake.

  • Take a Walk

    Take a Walk

    If you're not used to being in front of the camera, it can be a challenge to look natural while posing. Go for a walk instead — it instantly loosens you up and leads to better photos.

  • Take a Walk

    Take a Walk

    When you walk together, your focus will naturally shift to being on each other — rather than on that big camera in your faces.

  • Take a Walk

    Take a Walk

    Have some fun during your walk with a piggyback ride.

  • Add a Prop

    Add a Prop

    Stiff hands in photos give away your nerves. Give your hands something to do by holding a pretty bouquet of flowers.

  • Add a Prop

    Add a Prop

    Hold sweet signs that reflect your newly-engaged status.

  • Add a Prop

    Add a Prop

    Get a little silly with some sweets.

    Photo Credit: AMC Photography

  • Add a Prop

    Add a Prop

    A picnic setting gives your photos a relaxed vibe.

  • Add a Prop

    Add a Prop

    A simple ampersand is a fun way to reflect your partnership.

  • Add a Prop

    Add a Prop

    Bring a piece of indoor furniture to your outdoor shoot.

  • Include What You

    Include What You're Passionate About

    Think about what first brought you together and what you enjoy doing together, and reflect that in your photos.

  • Include What You

    Include What You're Passionate About

    If your fiancé is obsessed with his motorcycle (or car), take a ride during your photos.

  • Include What You

    Include What You're Passionate About

    Pay tribute to your hero.

  • Include What You

    Include What You're Passionate About

    Sports fans, show where your loyalties lie.

  • Include What You

    Include What You're Passionate About

    Love your pet like he's your own child? Put him front and center in your photos.

  • Get Dressed Up

    Get Dressed Up

    Why reserve black tie just for the wedding day? Don some formalwear for your engagement photos as well.

    Photo Credit: From the Hip Photo

  • Get Dressed Up

    Get Dressed Up

  • Get Dressed Up

    Get Dressed Up

    A floppy hat not only adds elegance to your look, but it also gives you a fun prop to play with.

    Photo Credit: Kibogo Photography

  • Get Dressed Up

    Get Dressed Up

    A chic updo perfectly polishes your look.

  • Coordinate Your Outfits

    Coordinate Your Outfits

    Look coordinated without being too matchy-matchy by choosing two colors — like blue and red — to include throughout both of your outfits.

  • Coordinate Your Outfits

    Coordinate Your Outfits

    Consider your location when choosing your wardrobe — you'll look right at home wearing flannels, jeans, and cowboy boots during a photo shoot on a farm.

  • Coordinate Your Outfits

    Coordinate Your Outfits

    Find subtle ways to coordinate your attire, like matching your camisole color to his sweater's hue.

  • Coordinate Your Outfits

    Coordinate Your Outfits

    Tie your looks together with matching accessories.

    Photo Credit: AMC Photography

  • Make Each Other Laugh

    Make Each Other Laugh

    Don't be afraid to get a little silly during your photos — those funny, carefree moments are the ones you're going to want to look back on ten years from now.

  • Make Each Other Laugh

    Make Each Other Laugh

    Take turns pushing each other on a swing — we guarantee you'll crack a smile.

    Photo Credit: Smile Peace Love

  • Make Each Other Laugh

    Make Each Other Laugh

    Tell each other funny stories to garner authentic reactions.

  • Don

    Don't Be Afraid to Show Your Affection

    Engagement photos are all about celebrating your love — go ahead, kiss each other as much as you'd like!

  • Don

    Don't Be Afraid to Show Your Affection

    A kiss on the cheek looks intimate and innocent at the same time.

  • Don

    Don't Be Afraid to Show Your Affection

    Get wrapped up in his arms.

  • Don

    Don't Be Afraid to Show Your Affection

    A hug from behind allows your photographer to capture both of your faces as you snuggle together.

  • Reflect the Season

    Reflect the Season

    If time alllows, take your engagement photos a year before your wedding so that you're capturing the same season. This gives you the opportunity to play around with some seasonally-appropriate ideas for your wedding photos before the big day.

    Photo Credit: Aldabella Photography

  • Reflect the Season

    Reflect the Season

    Warm up with hot cocoa around a campfire together.

    Photo Credit: Aldabella Photography

  • Reflect the Season

    Reflect the Season

    Take a stroll through a whirlwind of leaves during an autumn shoot.

  • Create Your Save the Date

    Create Your Save the Date

    Make sure to get a great photo to use on your save-the-date card!

  • Create Your Save the Date

    Create Your Save the Date

  • Create Your Save the Date

    Create Your Save the Date

  • Create Your Save the Date

    Create Your Save the Date

    Photo Credit: Jody McNary

  • Create Your Save the Date

    Create Your Save the Date

  • Create Your Save the Date

    Create Your Save the Date

  • Show Off Your Ring

    Show Off Your Ring

    But make it look natural! Capture your smiling faces as well.

  • Show Off Your Ring

    Show Off Your Ring

    Photo Credit: Bartlett Creative LLC

  • Show Off Your Ring

    Show Off Your Ring

  • Show Off Your Ring

    Show Off Your Ring

  • Show Off Your Ring

    Show Off Your Ring

    Take a close-up of your ring to capture all of the beautiful details.

  • Time it Right

    Time it Right

    Take your photos late in the day so that you can capture the sunset — the colorful sky instantly transforms your photos from ordinary to extraordinary.

    Photo Credit: Magnolias + Honey

  • Time it Right

    Time it Right

    Light candles on the beach after sundown to add even more romance to your photos.

    Photo Credit: The Big Affair 

  • Time it Right

    Time it Right

    Ask your photographer to illuminate you from behind for a romantic effect.

    Photo Credit: Red Trolley Studio

  • Time it Right

    Time it Right

    Capture silhouettes against the beautiful sky.

    Photo Credit: Red Trolley Studio

  • Time it Right

    Time it Right

    Photo Credit: Red Trolley Studio

  • Time it Right

    Time it Right

    Mark the end of your photo shoot with a champagne toast.

    Photo Credit: Red Trolley Studio

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