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How to Get the Best Engagement Photos – 5 Tips

What Are Engagement Photos?

Engagement photos are a great thing.

It’s the perfect way to capture that special time before you get married.

Having a dedicated engagement photoshoot is the perfect way to break the ice with your photographer, and create some pre-wedding photos. These photos can be used on your wedding day as part of your décor, and can be a sort of practice run before the big day.

Feeling more confident and relaxed before your special day really helps when it comes to settling your nerves. Most wedding photographers, like myself, will want to get to know you, to truly understand what you want to get out of the photoshoot and the different styles you might prefer.

How Does a Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Work?

A pre-wedding photoshoot works by allowing you and your partner to become more comfortable in front of the camera before your wedding day.

On top of this, engagement photos are often used in announcements, as well as kept for décor and as stand-alone images for you and your partner.

Most of the time, it’ll just be you, your fiancé, and your photographer. In this time, you’ll get to experiment with different styles of photography and see what you prefer and feel most comfortable with. For a lot of couples, being photographed so much can seem very alien.

A pre-wedding photoshoot gives you the chance to get so comfortable with the camera that it’s almost second nature when the day comes.

How Do You Take Good Engagement Photos? 5 Tips from a Professional

  1. Pick A Meaningful Location

To help you feel as comfortable as possible, your photographer will probably recommend having a photoshoot somewhere you feel at home. It’ll make your engagement photos that extra bit special.

Choose somewhere that means a lot to you both. Whether it’s where you had your first kiss, where your fiancé popped the question, or in your own living room or back yard, it’ll be much more meaningful to you if the backdrop is somewhere sentimental.

  1. Get Some Practice

This might sound silly, but it might benefit you to practice by yourself a bit first. Mostly for your own benefit, practising being in front of the camera might help you get a little bit more confident for the real thing.

  1. Wear Something You Feel Confident In

This goes for any sort of photoshoot really, but to get the best and most organically confident photos, wear something you feel good in. 

Engagement photos tend to be a bit more relaxed, so don’t worry about dressing up super fancy if jeans and a t-shirt is what you feel great in!

4. Take Your Time

If your photographer really knows their stuff, they will not rush you. There’s nothing more off-putting when having your photo taken than someone rushing you.

A good photographer will let you try again until you’re happy with your photoshoot.

Your pre-wedding photoshoot should be a fun experience, so don’t worry about getting it perfect the first time.

  1. Relax!

Most of us, as wedding photographers, take time to make sure you’re feeling relaxed and comfortable around us in time for the big day.

It’ll likely just be you, your fiancé, and the photographer.

So, don’t worry about getting it right on the first try – it’s no big deal!

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Should I Do Engagement Photos?

It’s up to you, really. That being said, I do think engagement photos make a great add-on for couples to get a little bit extra from their wedding photos. Having a little trial run before your wedding can definitely encourage a better result on the day.

If you want to find out more about engagement photography from a professional wedding photographer who works across Liverpool and Southport, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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