Professional engagement photos are a popular modern trend that lets couples share the joy of the occasion with family and friends. The photos tend to be less formal than wedding pics, so it’s an opportunity to get creative and have some fun. Here are some tips on how to decide on the best engagement poses and photos for you and your other half.
1. Formal or Casual
Talk with your partner about what kind of photos you want. Would you prefer posed formal shots in a studio or a more casual shoot in an outdoor location?
Casual photos offer more variety, and you can really go for something different. They also open up a range of options for save-the-date Photo Cards. For these cards, you can think outside the box. The above image is a great example of a unique photo that shows a couple’s interests and personalities, yet still conveys the connection and love they feel.
Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from having a combination of formal and informal engagement pictures. The formal shots can be used in a newspaper announcement, and the less formal shots can be posted on social media and given to family.
2. Inside or Outside
Engagement poses in a studio setting are beautiful, but you can also consider having a photo shoot in your own living room, on your favorite sofa or even on a porch swing. Outdoor settings make for stunning shots. Visit a botanical garden where you can walk toward the camera among colorful spring blooms, or stroll through a park packed with bright fall foliage and leaves falling around you. Another idea is to revisit special places, such as the spot you first met or had your first date. Choose places that involve your shared interests as a couple.
3. Get Close
Couples photography is about showing the connection between two people. Don’t be afraid to get close: Hold hands, caress a cheek or walk arm in arm. For casual engagement poses, lie on your bellies side by side and prop your upper bodies up on your elbows. Another fun angle is to lie on your backs with your heads side by side and feet pointing in opposite directions. Have the photographer shoot you from above for a fresh twist.
Pick the poses and locations that best show your personality. Let loose, and it will shine through in your photos.
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