Fun Engagement Photo Shoot Ideas
By: The Nixplay Team
Springtime is the season of love, which explains why there are always engagements and weddings galore around this time of year. If you’re one of the lucky couples who’s planning to tie the knot in the next year or so, then you’ve likely got an engagement photo shoot to plan.
So how can you make it your own?
History of engagement photos
Engagement photos started out simply as portraits that engaged couples would send to newspapers to announce their upcoming marriage, gaining popularity in the early 1900s.
But the people in those simple, straightforward images would be amazed to see the engagement photos of today with their elaborate locations and dozens of poses.
No one knows exactly when the modern-day engagement shoot became a norm, but it’s safe to assume that they really started taking off when the internet became mainstream. There’s nothing like seeing someone else’s gorgeous engagement photos to make you want a photo shoot of your own.
Ideas for personalizing your own engagement shoot
One of the great things about your engagement photo shoot is that it can be as elaborate or as relaxed as you like (assuming your photographer is up for the challenge!).
Ideas for the more relaxed, traditional shoot
If you’re not terribly comfortable in front of a camera, it’s probably best to go a more traditional route. That way, you’re not forcing yourself into poses that feel unnatural, and you stand a better chance of getting shots that you love.
One of the most important ways to personalize a traditional engagement shoot is to choose your location carefully. Think of a place that’s important to you and your fiance – where you met, where you had your first date, or maybe where you got engaged. Being in a place that means something to you will instantly make your photos better and more memorable.
Another idea is to have your photographer take photos of you and your fiance doing something you both love. If you have a shared hobby, for example, like hiking or bowling or cooking, plan part of your photo shoot around the activity.
Above all, choose your outfits and style carefully – you’re going to be looking at these pictures for years to come, and the last thing you want is to wish that you’d worn something different!
While you and your fiance certainly don’t need to match, you do want to ensure you’re wearing outfits that don’t clash. If you’re going more formal, your fiance should too; the same goes for a more casual look.
Ideas for the more adventurous, elaborate shoot
If you’re feeling creative, talk with your photographer about some more adventurous ideas for an engagement shoot.
This could mean anything from choosing a unique setting, like a trail ride on horseback, to something more extreme, like getting photographed while rock climbing.
One fun idea is to take a narrative approach, using props and different locations to tell a story.
But of course, anything goes, especially if your photographer is handy with Photoshop.
Another option is to choose a theme, like these couples did on The Knot.
Once you’ve gotten your engagement photos, what comes next? Many couples use them on Save the Date mailers or as part of the wedding invitation. The portraits can also become part of your home decor, as a way to begin a family photo wall.
And don’t forget to share them with friends and family. If you use the Nixplay app, upload your engagement photos right away and send them instantly to your own Nixplay Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Frame or to other family members’ Digital Frames. That’s an easy, beautiful way to share the love.
For more photography tips, read our post “Expert Tips for Photographing Your Next Outdoor Adventure.”
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