How to Get the Best Engagement Photos: Tips from a Pro


Being engaged is one of the happiest moments in a girl’s life!  Between finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, calling all of your girlfriends and endlessly gazing at how the light shines on your ring (we’ve all done it) — you pretty much have a permanent grin 24/7!  

Next step – make your engagement Instagram worthy! We’ve all scrolled through our phones and admired photographs of our happily engaged friends – now it’s YOUR turn! Our Director of Photography, Chris Ziemann, has the tips you need to know to achieve engagement photo perfection.

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Oh — wait. You haven’t booked an engagement photo session yet? Don’t worry our wedding photographers are pros at them — we’ve got your covered! (Plus, It’s a great way to bond with your wedding photographer the day of, trust us!)

Now, onto Chris Z’s advice…

​Q: What recommendations do you have for couples that aren’t used to being photographed?

A: The reality is 90% of couples are not used to being photographed, who is? So, it’s all about making the bride and groom feel comfortable. All of our wedding photographers know it’s important to just be themselves and make the session casual and fun, then the client (hopefully) can be at ease! Best thing to do is talk with your photographer about what you’re looking for what you like and where your comfort levels are but keep in mind some of the best moments aren’t planned.

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Q: What do you take into account when choosing a location for an engagement ​shoot?

A: When choosing location for your engagement photos I always recommend comparing it to the location you’re planning to use on the day of your wedding to have a chance to get variety. The first thing to ask yourself is if you want a city style look or a nature style look. I think the location should always be a reflection of the client style. Select a location that tells a story about the two of you. Consider choosing a theme for your session, maybe a season you love, or let your photographer guide you through the choices and offer suggestions.

There are many ideal locations for your engagement photos. Is there somewhere special – maybe where you met or got engaged? Your photographer will be happy to suggest a location, if you have trouble deciding.

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Q: We all know that outfit choice is key. What do you suggest couples wear for their engagement shoot? Do you encourage props?

A: I always think it’s great to have one more formal outfit and one casual more comfortable outfit. Select solid colors or simple patterns that complement each other. If one of you wears a solid color, the other would look great in a pattern. Softer shades enhance lighter backgrounds while medium to dark shades create a timeless look. Ladies, if you decide to wear a sleeveless shirt, bring a sweater or jacket for some of the images to create different looks. Select accessories that do not overpower, such as simple earrings, pins and necklaces.

As for props, they are so popular and fun but I never encourage them because I never want the client to feel obligated to try and come up with something that could take away from the couple. But if the props are their idea and fit the style or theme of your wedding and absolutely let’s make it happen. Looking for prop ideas? We happen to have 6 ways to incorporate props into your photo session!

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Q: How is working with your photographer for an engagement session beneficial?

A: I think everyone should consider doing an engagement session. It’s a great way to get more comfortable in front of the camera and a great way to get to know your photographer. This is also a great way for the photographers to get to know you and learn about what you are comfortable with to help them photograph you in your most realistic style on your wedding day.

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When you’re ready to book your DJ, Photographer and Videographer — Mike Staff Productions we’re ready to meet you! Feel free to give us a call (877.689.0777) or drop us a line at [email protected]

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