5 Secrets to Taking Amazing Engagement Photos

how to take engagement photos

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Goofing around and taking photos with your friends is one thing, but standing in front of a photographer for photos everybody you know will see is a WHOLE other thing. Plus, how do you make your photos look legit, instead of the cheesy 90s postcard you once got in camp? While hiring a stellar photographer is always #1 (TIP: This is the perfect time to test out future wedding photographers, and you can often get package deals), these 5 pro secrets will give you gorgeous engagement photos that you can use for your wedding invites, website and more!

how to take engagement photos

Location, Location, Location

Just like real estate, location definitely matters for your engagement photos. For sentimental photos, think about snapping pics at the place you first met, your proposal location, or even at home. Want something a little more grand? Head to local landmarks (like the Brooklyn Bridge or El Matador State Beach in Malibu) for a sunset kiss, or if you’re going to an exotic locale on vacation, consider hiring a local pro to snap you saying “Fromage!” in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Take Photos Like Nobody’s Watching

OK. OK. We know this is easier said than done, but there are a couple tried-and-true photo tricks that can help you get the perfect photo.

First, PDA (from sweet hugs and hand-holding to full-on kisses) help capture an ultra-romantic moment. Plus, I don’t know about you but not having to look directly at the camera or having something to do with my arms always makes me more comfortable! Which brings us to our next tip…Take LOTS of candid shots! These are the photos your photographer will take of you walking, talking, getting your future spouse to tell a funny joke—anything—to get a genuine moment. These often end up as the best photos (this applies to your wedding photos, too. I love our candid shots the most!)

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how to take engagement photos

Coordinate Your Colors

Soothing blues, yellows, light green and other pastels (as well as neutral colors) are always a good choice. You’ll want to avoid wearing anything too busy (like that stripe shirt) as it can take away from the real stars of the photo–you and your sweetie!

It’s All About Timing

They don’t call it the Golden Hour for nothing! This is the time shortly after sunrise and before sunset, when the sun is low in the sky but still gives off a beautiful, warm light. To figure out when Golden Hour is around you, check out this calculator here. Can’t shoot during this time frame? Don’t worry! Photographers can use reflectors or post-editing to adjust the light and colors in your photos. Same goes for bad weather. Just because it rains or snows during your shoot doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. Think umbrellas, snow boots, and rain jackets for the ultimate impromptu engagement photo props.

how to take engagement photos

Have Fun!

Really, what’s it all for if you can let loose and enjoy the moment! Treat yourself to a blow dry and makeup session (better yet, have a beauty service come to YOU), listen to your favorite music, and have fun with your soon-to-be spouse! These will be some of the best times yet!

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Next Steps…

Once you have your engagement photos back from your photographer (a process that can take several weeks, so be sure to plan accordingly) you’ll want to show them off!

From your bachelorette party to your bridal shower and even your rehearsal dinner, one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to send invites to guests for wedding-related events is with digital invites. Sending paper invites for every wedding event can really add up!

That’s why we’re a big fan of digital invitations that feature our fave parts of paper invites but without the cost: Gorgeous designs, 100% customization, and fun matching invitation accessories that elevate your event. Which is why the Evite® Premium collection happens to be one of the best resources for digital invitations.

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Not only does Evite® Premium boast thousands of hand-illustrated invitation designs that are completely customizable, but their collection also features custom envelopes, liners, and stamps, all in an ad-free experience for guests. And the best part? You could win them all in the Evite® Near the Knot Wedding Photo Contest.

That’s right! A few lucky nearly-weds will have the chance to win Evite® Premium Invitations to help celebrate their big day, along with VISA® Gift Cards. All you have to do is click here to share an engagement or proposal photo of you and your sweetie, and then share your submitted entry to get the most votes. Winners will be announced April 8!

Here’s what you could win:

Grand Prize:

1st Runner Up Prize:

2nd Runner Up Prize

Ready to enter? Click here to submit your favorite engagement or proposal photo to the Near the Knot Wedding Photo Contest now!


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