Things to know for the engagement shoot

When my sister got engaged, she had a bit of a battle to persuade her fiancée to agree to an engagement shoot. “We’re not Brad and Angelina, you know,” he said, but she had other plans. It’s probably my fault as I had persuaded her to go for it, but in the end, they were glad that they did it.

To make sure that they got the most out of their engagement shoot, I prepared them well. They already knew the benefits of an engagement shoot, so it was just a case of telling them how to make the most of it.

A photo taken during Kelly Clarkson's engagement shoot

A photo taken during Kelly Clarkson’s engagement shoot

Have the style decided

Do you want posed, natural, artsy, formal or casual photos? Think about what you want to use the photos for – will they be for the wedding invite, wedding decorations, guest book? Let this guide your decision.


Get the right outfits

Whilst you don’t need to be wearing matching his and hers pullovers, it’s important to wear clothes which work well together. Try to wear solid colours and keep the jewellery simple – don’t forget the engagement ring!

A picture of your engagement ring is a must!


Get to know your photographer

One of the biggest benefits of an engagement shoot is that you can get to know your photographer. It’s a dry run to the big day so make the most of it. Chat with him, talk about different photo options and styles and most of all, try to get used to how he (or she) works.


Think about your location

Try to arrive at the shoot with some ideas about the locations you want. By arriving already with possible locations you will save time and be able to concentrate on the really important thing: posing for the pictures.

An engagement shoot is a really useful thing to do, as well as making a lovely memory of those times before you were married. By going into it well-prepared, you can make sure that you get the most out of your shoot.

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