Newly engaged and planning your engagement photo shoot? Congratulations! Now’s the time to plan ahead and make sure you get all the shots you need during the photo session. You should always talk to your photographer and trust their ability to get a range of shots, but there are some things you should really think about in advance to make the most of your time. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Something you can use for your stationery

Whether it’s your engagement invite or your save the date, a photo of you and your partner is a perfect way to customise it. It’s not often you’ve got a professional photographer at your beck and call, so make the most of it during your engagement shoot. Even if you’re not sure whether or not you want a photo card in your wedding stationery, it’s worth keeping your options open at this early stage. If you were going to have a photo card, what sort of picture would you want included? Answer that question and then make sure you get that shot during your engagement photo session, just in case.

2. Something that shows off the ring


What’s the first question you get asked when you tell people you’re engaged? Usually something like “Can I see the ring?!” Since it’s usually the main thing you’ve got to show for the proposal, it pays to make sure you’ve got a great photo of it to show your faraway friends and family. After all, the ring will never be as new and shiny as it is right now! Why not document it? Plus, future generations will likely hold on to the ring as a family heirloom. That is so much more meaningful with a beautiful photo of the ring on your finger.


3. Something that showcases your personality



There’s all your classic engagement shots: embracing, kissing, peeking over your partner’s shoulder… these are all important to get, but why not take the opportunity to do something a little different? What are your hobbies and interests, individually or shared between the two of you? Is there some way you can incorporate that into your engagement shoot? You might be reading, playing piano, sitting on his motorbike, or hiking in the mountains. You might include a pet, your favourite cafe, or your own home. Think about how you can add something extra to at least a few of the photos that really shows what you’re like as a couple.

4. Something you can enlarge to go on the wall


Many people eventually get an engagement photo blown up to decorate their home either on stretched canvas or in a frame. You can be really clever, though, and plan for this ahead of time. Think about your home, colour palette and style so you can take a photo that will fit perfectly in its place on the wall. Think about the background of the shot - do you want it in nature or on a plain background? Think about the outfit you are wearing and the pose you’d like. What side of frame do you want to be on? Thinking about this in advance will help you take the perfect photo to fit the space you have for it, to seamlessly blend into your home decor.


5. Something you can use professionally


Okay, this one is a little sneaky but hear me out! Make sure you and your partner each get a great headshot taken during your engagement photo shoot, or at least make sure you get some photos taken that can easily be cropped down to individual shots. This is something many people don’t think of because they’re so wrapped up in the romance of the engagement. The truth is, everyone will at some point have need for a great photo of themselves, and here you are with a professional photographer, a great location, and you’re presumably looking your best and ready for your close-up. Take the opportunity and get a few shots that you can use professionally or for whatever other purpose might come up. You’ll thank yourself later.


By thinking about all these things in advance, you have ample time to pick your outfits, find any props and locations you need, and word up your photographer. This all works to save future you from trying desperately to make photos work for a purpose they weren’t designed to fit.


This was a guest post by Maddison Wallace from Paperlust. Maddison is head of content at Paperlust. She is a communications professional, postgrad student, part-time librarian, and occasional wedding photographer. She loves words and drinking cups of tea.