Engagement photos are a great way to get to know your photographer and get comfortable in front of the camera before your wedding day. You can use the photos as part of your guestbook, on save-the-dates or thank you cards, or on your wedding website. Check out our tips to taking great engagement photos:
Pick the right photographer: You’ll want to have the same photographer who is photographing your wedding shoot your engagement portraits. Ask to see examples of engagement photos your photographer has shot in the past to get a sense of his or her style. Look for a variety of locations and poses in your photographer’s portfolio – you want your engagement photos to suit your style, not someone else’s. And of course, make sure you get along with your photographer and feel comfortable around him or her.
Victoria and Ian are absolutely perfect together! They were laughing and smiling throughout the entire session – it was just as fun to be the photographer for their shoot! We photographed their engagement session on the rooftop of the Hotel Roxy in downtown Atlanta. The weather was amazing and made for some great shots of the city in the background. Victoria and Ian were great to work with, and we can’t wait for their wedding! ~ Brittany, of Brita Photography
About the Couple: “Five years ago, Crystal Quandt was working as a model and living in South Carolina while across the country in San Diego, Phil Goodrich was living and working as an artist and surfer. They had a mutual friend that put them in contact with one another as Crystal was looking for some artwork. After quite a few emails and phone calls, Crystal started to become a little more interested in Phil as not only an artist to buy artwork from, but as someone she was becoming quite smitten with! The phone calls and emails continued for a few months when they decided that Crystal should go out to San Diego to check this art out in person and get to know this artist a little better. It was definitely love at first site when Crystal came down the escalator at San Diego’s airport and saw Phil standing in a crowd of people. They spent a few days together in San Diego and then a few days together in Washington DC before Phil took off on a 4 month surfing trip to Indonesia. Before he left, they made a commitment to wait on one another and the 4 months flew by! This April 26th, the day Phil was flying out of Myrtle Beach for a 3 month trip to Indonesia, Crystal and Phil stopped by her parent’s house for Phil to say bye to her parents. While they were there, Phil called Crystal into the bedroom she grew up in and when she turned the corner, Phil was on his knee with an engagement ring made from diamonds that was given to him by his mother. He proposed telling her that he wanted to ask her to marry him in the room she was a little girl in! Of course, she said yes and they ran out the door to get Phil to the airport. Once Phil returned home, the real wedding planning started! A November 5th wedding is being planned and the crazy part of the whole wedding and engagement dates are, April 26th is his mom’s mother’s birthday and November 5th is his dad’s mother’s birthday, and neither Phil or Crystal realized this when the dates were planned!” -Ricki Ford photographers
From the Photographer: “A pumpkin patch, a golden sunset, fall leaves, and a beautiful couple – what more could a fall-loving photographer want? Shannon and Sean’s favourite season is fall, their favourite holiday is Halloween, so it was only natural that we held their engagement session at the Laity Pumpkin farm in beautiful British Columbia. We also shot in a nearby field at sunset, and Shannon changed into a prairie-inspired mini dress with brown, buckled, high-heeled boots. Adorable! Sean proposed to Shannon on a US roadtrip – he dropped to one knee on an Oregon pier overlooking a lighthouse! Their elegant 2012 wedding will be held at the luxurious Swan-e-set.” -Alexandra Hunt Photography
This couple got married the previous year and did a style shoot for Amy Majors Photography at the local state fair in St. Paul, Minnesota this past summer. We love the use of the black and white photos in a setting we naturally think of as colorful. It makes everything so romantic and timeless.