Engagement photos have come a long way from a formal studio shot of the bride to be. Favorites are shots of the couple in fun and unusual locations. These are used in newspaper announcements, on save-the-date cards and as part of the wedding day decorations. Working with a photographer on engagement shots gives you a chance to see how you like a photographer’s work and what he/she is like to work with before you sign a substantial contract for ceremony coverage. Done right, these photographs can be introductions to the wedding’s theme or a fun expression of the places and items that mean a lot to the couple.
Below are seven helpful tips every bride-to-be should know about engagement photos:
- Talk over your ideas with the photographer. You may wish to try some vintage shots using a classic car, or vintage bicycle. Or you may consider being in costumes.
- If you plan a destination wedding, have your engagement photos taken with stacks of luggage next to a bus, car, train or plane.
- Find landmarks in an urban setting that are important to you both. Shots taken against a skyline or against a brick wall will provide a different look from your wedding day photos.
- Consider night time shots. Outdoor lights can include timed exposures. Or if holiday lights are important to you, have photos taken with them. Consider candle light or night life lights.
- Are you both outdoor enthusiasts? Have your engagement photo reflect that as you pose with your canoe or water skis, or on horseback or skates.
- Do you like amusement parks? Have your photos taken on a merry go round, or roller coaster or Ferris wheel.
- The setting you choose can help your guests to understand you both as a couple and communicate the love you share.
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