Expert Tips For Better Engagement Photos


A couple standing on a rocky outcrop as ocean waves crash behind them.

Once you and your partner become engaged, we understand that the to-do list of wedding planning tasks can seem to go on forever, but in that list are some gems you won’t want to miss. One of those gems includes scheduling your engagement photos, which also happens to be one of our favorite ways to connect with couples. Return from your engagement sessions with frame-worthy photos, with these expert tips for capturing better engagement photos.

A woman in a bright red dress with her fiance.

Attire: Patterns and Colors

Even if you have a particular dress or shirt that looks fantastic in person, it’s important to know how its design will translate to your engagement photos. The fit may be flattering, but some patterns such as plaids, stripes or small prints aren’t our first recommendations, as they can draw the attention away from your smiling faces and towards the fashion design.

As an alternative, look for outfits with solid yet subtle colors, that you still feel represent yourself. Some of our couples prefer very neutral colors, such as whites, greys, and blacks. Other couples express themselves through color! If you’re a “more color the better” type of person, consider the hues you choose to wear for your engagement photoshoot. As an example, jewel tones, such as navy, burgundy, peacock teals or plums tend to provide a wonderful contrast without overpowering the focal point of your engagement photos; the happy couple!

An engaged couple in fall attire grasping one another in a foggy forest.

Location: Coordinating Location & Outfits

The goal of engagement photos are to provide you with another opportunity to embrace this time in your life, without the stressors of your big day. With that in mind, we encourage our couples to have fun with your engagement session! If you have a location you value, or somewhere you’ve dreamed of taking engagement photos, we’re up for some exploration if you are!

Once your location is locked down, consider what it is that you found attractive about that particular location in the first place. Then, ask yourself if there’s an emotion that you want to recreate. Getting a solid grasp on these two ideas can also help you lock down the perfect attire for the engagement memory you’re hoping to preserve. Whether that be rocking a ballgown in the middle of the forest, or having a picnic in jeans and a v-neck, our goal is to capture your truest, most endearing moments together.

Now, in order to help these dreams come to life, they do require some planning. We recommend checking the weather, bringing a backpack with some “emergency” materials (jackets, comfortable shoes, etc.), to ensure all the bases are covered for your dream engagement photoshoot, in your new favorite location.

An engaged couple sitting in the sand with their backs to a fallen log that washed ashore.

In General: Be Yourself

You and your partner love one another for the unique qualities you each possess, and it’s that style and personality that should be featured in your engagement photos. Our team can be a reference for you regarding photographer preferences, but our main focus will always come down to you, your comfort and overall vision for your engagement session.

From Central Park, to South Beach and coffee shops in between, we admire the unique style, vibe and overall emotion our couples bring to the table.

A couple holding their shoes and a champagne bottle as they walk barefoot in the sand.

Bonus Tips:

  • Test your outfits ahead of time by having a friend take some pictures.

  • Check the weather in advance, then daily as the photoshoot gets near.

  • Don’t be afraid to pack more than you need! Backups can be life savers.

  • Make sure you have a comfortable change of shoes.

  • Get your engagement ring cleaned within 24 hours of the shoot.

Contact us for more information on how we can tell your love story. We would love to walk you through our amazing packages, wedding albums, canvases, and other print photography products. We look forward to providing you with more information on our Wedding Videography and Wedding Photography and the opportunity to introduce you to our team!