Engagement Shoot Ideas { Inspiration }

Posted by The YesBabyDaily Team on 07 January 2014

Engagement Shoot Ideas

Engagement Shoot Ideas

If you’ve just got engaged, you’ll be thinking about your engagement shoot. We’ve got some amazing engagement shoot ideas to inspire you! \\

Engagement shoots have been around for several years now, they’ve become increasingly popular and they can be quite important in the run up to your wedding.

They are a great way to spend some quality time together before the big day; they help you and your photographer get to know each other and talk about the final plans for your wedding; they allow you to get some stunning images of you both as a couple saying goodbye to one stage of your relationship before you become Mr & Mrs; but most importantly they allow you to ‘practice’ in front of the camera before your wedding, meaning you will be sure to get rid of any nerves! The photo’s will help you learn what you want and don’t want for your wedding photographs, and your engagement shoot makes for beautiful pictures you can use for your invitations, save the dates and wedding website!

So how do you make it fun, personal and get the most out of it as a couple? Here are Kathryn Ashdown’s top tips for your engagement shoot!

engagement shoot location ideas

#1 Location of your Engagement Shoot

Think about your location, it is lovely to go somewhere that is meaningful to you as a couple but also has a variety of backdrops to make things more exciting and give you real variety in the images. City centres, villages, fields, beaches, farms, lakes, rivers all make fabulous backdrops so think of somewhere unique to you! You can also consult your photographer and ask him/her for advice.

It is a good idea to think seasonally for your engagement shoot, if your shoot is in the autumn why not take advantage of the amazing red and orange trees, winter could you do your shoot in the snow, spring in the daffodils or rape seed fields or, in the summer, the lavender fields or beach?

Villages and towns can provide some great quirky backgrounds, eclectic or antique shops, colourful doorways and old brickwork look great. If you have an amazing home or perhaps are hiring a really special bridal suite this can make a great place for some more intimate shots. Of course the beach is always fantastic especially if there is variety ie: old groins, colourful beach huts and long grasses in the dunes.

It is also a good idea to think about your history as a couple…if you met in Starbucks start the shoot there over a cup of coffee, if you love picnics then set up a picnic style shoot in a beautiful location - choose a location that suits you as a couple!

activity ideas engagement shoots

#2 Activity Ideas for your Shoot

Activities are fabulous in engagement shoots, they give you something fun and natural to do while making the shoot individual and interesting. It also helps take your mind off the fact that you’re being photographed. Being relaxed means better, more natural photos!

You could hire a rowing boat on a local lake, do you have a horse and could go horse riding, does your dad have a vintage car you could borrow for a country drive or how about a vintage camper, you could visit an antique market, hire a tandem bike, or how about a picnic or trip strawberry picking?

more engagement shoot ideas

#3 Hair & Make Up for your Engagement Shoot

You really want look and feel your very best on your engagement shoot.

If you are a bit of a makeup / hair novice why not arrange to have them done professionally? Pop into your local salon and get your hair done or perhaps you could even arrange your wedding hair and / or make up trials for the morning of your shoot?

If you’re doing your hair and make up yourself take a little extra time, perhaps buy some new items to make you feel great and remember to wear a little more makeup than usual while still keeping it fairly natural as makeup doesn’t show up as much on the photos.

#4 Choosing Clothing for your Shoot

For your engagement shoot, take time to consider your outfit. Choose colours that go together and keep the same colour palette as this will unify you together in the shots. It is important to wear colour rather than blacks and whites which can look harsh as colour really lifts your photographs. Think about where we are shooting and choose appropriate clothes ie: if we are in the fields in winter wellies hats and scarves or on the beach in summer think sun dress and flip flops.

Think classic, no big motifs or wording on your clothes and nothing too fashionable as this will date your images quickly. If it’s a winter shoot in the park don’t just pop your jeans, trainers and winter coat on…tights and a little skirt or tweed shorts, a chunky knit cardigan with a belt, hat scarf, gloves and cute knee high boots and wellies are far more stylish. Don’t be shy to ask advice from your photographer on colours & style, they can help!

ideas for your engagement shoot

#5 Engagement Shoot Props

Think about the kind of props that might go with the shoot you have chosen. Perhaps you have decided on a woodland picnic in which case you could bring a beautiful picnic blanket, hamper, pretty plates, and gorgeous looking food like strawberries, cupcakes, olives. You could bring a vintage tea-pot or a posh bottle of lemonade and glasses with fun straws.

If you are going strawberry picking bring a pretty basket, a woodland winter walk maybe a knitted blanket to hang round your shoulders and a flask of hot chocolate, even a bunch of flowers looks great as it looks like you are on a ‘date’.

Lovely props can make a big difference in your shoot - think about the types of photos you would like and fund a few special items from there!

Engagement Photo Shoot Ideas

To help inspire you for your shoot, we’ve put together a few ideas for a beautiful engagement session!

Secret Garden Themed Shoot

If you love being outdoors, you could choose one of South Africa’s amazing gardens for your engagement shoot. Have a picnic, take your dogs or bring along some of your favourite flowers. For amazing garden locations try: The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens {JHB} / Kirstenbosch Gardens {CPT} / Shepstone Gardens {JHB} / Durban Botanical Gardens {DBN}

See a Secret Garden style Engagement Shoot

Seaside Town Engagement Shoot

If you love the beach, why not try something different with a lovely & quaint seaside village? Think beautiful boats, seagulls, ice-cream cones and bright colours. For amazing seaside locations try: Kalk Bay {CPT} / Port Alfred / Hermanus / Hout Bay

See a beautiful Kalk Bay engagement shoot

Urban Chic Engagement Shoot

If you both love cityscapes and want something different, we love the idea of choosing a location in the city centre, or with an urban feel! For amazing urban locations try: Neighborgoods Market {JHB} / Cape Town City Centre / Biscuit Mill {CPT} / Durban City {DBN}

See an amazing ’ Deep in the City’ engagement shoot in Durban!

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