4 Picture Perfect Engagement Photo Shoot Ideas

Photo by eWatts Photography

An engagement is the official announcement before the world that a couple will be tying the knot in the near future. Perhaps the most popular pre-wedding ritual is the engagement photo shoot where couples express their love, at that moment, through photographs that carry extra special memories for a lifetime.

Photography has progressed into a new creative dimension of capturing raw moments and emotional events through story-telling. Before you plan your pre-wedding photo shoot, consider these creative engagement photo ideas and remember: engagement photography should tell a story, capture the love you and your significant other possess and should be fun for all!

Cozy Winter Picnic Shoot. Photo by Emily Steffen Photography
Picnic Engagement Photo Shoot. Photo by Danielle Capito Photography
Cozy Winter Picnic Photo Shoot. Photo by Emily Steffen Photography

1. Winter Picnic Session – The weather may still be a bit cold but you’ll have every excuse to cuddle up to your fiancé with this engagement photo session idea. Whether you are on a blanket in the park or in a DIY tent in the middle of nowhere, adding elements to your picnic engagement photo shoot will be easy and fun. Share a milkshake, enjoy a campfire, sip on a bottle of coke or play a game of chess. Vintage details incorporate nicely into this theme so rummage through your grandparents’ belongings for some adorable chic props! Check out these rustic chic DIY ideas for inspiration.

Photographers want you to remember you are in love during your engagement shoot. Find more tips for planning your photo shoot by Holland Photo Studio.

Heart-Inspired Photo Shoot. Photo by Simply Bloom Photography
Heart-Inspired Photo Shoot. Photo by Christine Farrah Photography
DIY Valentine's Day Photo Shoot. Photo by Jodi Miller Photography

2. Heart-Inspired DIY Photo Shoot – With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, be inspired by the little things that say, “I love you.” We fell in love with all of these DIY engagement photo ideas - from the heart confetti to the adorable sweets! Check out these DIY Valentine’s Day inspired projects for ideas. It doesn’t have to be February 14 to recreate this lovely photo shoot.

Photographers insist you book your engagement session early so you have flexibility with dates, which will allow you to plan your photo session theme around the perfect time of year.

Nature-Inspired Photo Shoot. Photo by Lindsay Carole Photography
Nature-Inspired Photo Shoot. Photo by eWatts Photography
Whimsical Photo Shoot. Photo by Yvonne Wong

3. Whimsical Nature Engagement Shoot – With a nature-inspired engagement photo shoot, it’s all about – location, location! A woodsy/woodlands backdrop filled with wilderness and tall grass will make for some beautiful photos. Mountains, plains or even a farm or ranch make for the perfect location, too. A good tip is to find a photographer who is willing to take your vision and make it a reality, even if that means traveling a distance to make that happen. For more inspiration, check out this whimsical wedding theme!

With this engagement photo idea, there can be very little planning. Let nature be your guide and provide all the props you need! However, if you love whimsical props (like we do), you may want to check out this sweet whimsical photo shoot by Yvonne Wong.

Rainy Day Photo Shoot. Photo by Dallas Curow Photography
Rainy Day Photo Shoot. Photo by Allori Photography
Rainy Day Photo Shoot. Photo by Prevoir Photography

4. It’s Raining Love, Photo Shoot – This idea is for the brave at heart! What shows the strength of your love (and romance) more than a photo shoot in the worst of weather – where even a rainy day cannot keep you from having a good time? We love the idea of getting on your rain boots, grabbing your prettiest umbrella and just having a blast. Of course, this takes a photographer who’s a really good sport and a professional in all types of weather.

Your engagement photos happen only once so gather inspiration, collaborate with your photographer and start planning your dream photo session! Will you use any of these engagement photo themes? Please share in the comment section below!

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