Engagement Photoshoot: Why should you and your partner take engagement photos?

Couple on a engagement photoshoot

Wedding photos are essential for reliving those cherished memories. However, why not take engagement photos to capture these memories as well? Engagement photos make a great addition to any wedding album. Wedding photos are a brilliant keepsake, but telling the story from the beginning you could also incorporate an engagement photoshoot.
Furthermore, engagement photos also make a great addition to Save The Dates cards. This blog will discuss the steps and tips for preparing your engagement photo shoot.

Engagement photoshoot Moodboards

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One of the best ways to start searching for ideas for your engagement photoshoots is to research previous engagement photoshoots for inspiration. Websites such as Pinterest can be an excellent tool for researching ideas.

Using Pinterest, you can build up a mood board of colour schemes and potential locations for you using a tool such as Pinterest; you can create a mood board of ideas such as colour schemes and potential locations for your engagement shoot. Pinterest also allows you to create multiple categories on one Pinterest board. You can organise various boards such as colour schemes, props, possible outfits, poses, and locations. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for ideas by searching through other people’s Pinterest boards.

Choose a photographer for your engagement photoshoot

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Engagement photoshoots also provide the opportunity for a test run for your big day; think about using the same photographer for both. Even engagement photoshoots provide the opportunity to test-run ideas and setups for the wedding day. Therefore, we would recommend using the same photographer for both events.

Using the same photographer lets you know your photographer better, understand their photography, and see if they’re the right photographer for your wedding. In addition, engagement photos provide the opportunity for your photographer to understand you better as a couple and to reflect that in your photos.

Make a plan for your photoshoot

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Planning: Location

The location of your engagement photo shoot depends on you. There is no right or wrong place for engagement photoshoots to take the shots. You could use a simple location such as where the proposal happened if possible. However, this can not be easy depending on if the location is abroad. 

This list that might help you decide a location:

  • Where you had your first date 
  • Favourite place to visit as a couple
  • The spot where you first met 
  • Chosen wedding venue 

The location doesn’t have to hold special meaning either. For example, the engagement photoshoot could be a beautiful backdrop such as a field of flowers. Nature reserves or botanical gardens nearby can be a good location for this. 

engagement photo of couple on tropical island with sunset backdrop and silhouette photography

Planning: Clothing

Always have multiple clothing options for engagement photoshoots. Sometimes, issues can happen that you can’t prevent. Issues can include; weather, lighting, or even wardrobe malfunctions. Bringing a couple of options on the day of the engagement photo shoot, just in case is an excellent thing to do. Most importantly, you should wear clothes you’re comfortable, feel-good wearing and matching as a couple. Think about what outfits and styles reflect you as a couple.

Planning: Hair and Makeup 

Consider hair and makeup for the engagement photoshoot as well. You can create a mood board for potential hairstyles and makeup. Decide if you should hire a hairstylist or do hair and makeup yourself if comfortable styling your hair.

Planning: Poses

engagement photoshoot couple iceskating on idyllic frozen lake

Planning: Poses For Shoots

Experiment with different poses with your significant other before the engagement photoshoot. Pinterest can be used to create a mood board of potential poses. The photographer should help you on the day with poses, but it makes things easier if you know your poses beforehand. It is also important that you’re comfortable when posing in front of a camera. 

Are you looking for advice on your wedding photography or photoshoots? Read more here.

Looking for a photographer? Check out MO Studios for more advice.

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