The Dos and Don’ts of Engagement Photos

The Dos and Don’ts of Engagement Photos

Engagement photos should be fun. After all, you’re celebrating! The whole point of the photos is to commemorate this moment when you felt so happy. But often couples stress over getting the engagement photos just right. What should they wear? Do they want a theme? What if one of the pictures comes out wrong?

Fortunately, engagement photos are less stress than you might think. Here are some things to keep in mind — both when it comes to what to do and what not to do.


Be yourselves. Your engagement photos are more than something you send out as an announcement; they’re a celebration of everything you are and everything you will be for the rest of your lives together! Your engagement shoot should be set in a place that represents you as a couple—go to the place he proposed, if you want to make it romantic, or choose a theme both of you truly love. Be creative and be unique. Just be you.

Get comfortable. Odds are, you’ll be posing for the camera for quite some time. So, while the smiles might get a little uncomfortable—and may need a break—you shouldn’t! Dress comfortably and prepare for a lot of standing, posing and bending over backwards for that perfect shot. So, wear clothes that won’t make you want to quit halfway through. Trust us.

Bring multiple outfits. Variety is the spice of life, and your adventure together will be full of it! Don’t be afraid to try multiple scenes and ensembles so your photos will be as unique, variable and beautiful as you.

Get personal. Consider bringing special items that mean something to you and your future spouse to feature in the photoshoot. Don’t be afraid to use props or even use them as decor. Remember, you can get creative with the scenery! Refer back to that number one rule, if you need to, and truly be yourselves.

Move around. The best photos aren’t even posed. So, you should move around and have a blast with your photographer while they capture moments that are as real as you are. Sure, some posed shots are nice, but there’s nothing like a capturing an honest moment to really put your love on paper.


Wear too many accessories. Your engagement photos shouldn’t look like a Tiffany’s advertisement, so don’t let jewelry, hats or shiny things be the start of the show. At the end of the day, your love should be the first thing anyone sees when they look at the photo—so keep that bling to a minimum.

Wear logos or memorabilia. Speaking of, your engagement celebration shouldn’t look like an advertisement for anything—so leave the branded shirts at home, and consider just how big of a Rangers fan you are, if you want to bring them into your photos. Don’t reference trends, movies or anything that won’t still be a big deal when you’re old and wrinkly.

Don’t think too hard. It’s you and the love of your life, celebrating the beginning of your new adventure. It’s not a press spot for Vogue—you’re doing it for you! Don’t forget that. Enjoy the excuse to hang out, laugh and share some memories. It’ll show in every smile, in every shot.

At Fan C Designs, we know how important it is to treasure every moment of this special time. Tell us about your engagement photo tips or stories!

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