The TL;DR on Wedding Engagement Photos (2022)

Here's the expert, inside scoop on these prewedding pics.

You're engaged—yay! Now let's commemorate this season with some special pictures. Enter: engagement photos. While some to-be-weds may find certain aspects of the wedding-planning process slightly stressful, engagement photos are a chance to cut loose and just have fun! Spend some time with your wedding photographer snapping pics that you'll cherish for a long time to come. Below, with insights from photography experts, we're taking a look at everything you need to know when it comes to engagement photography, from frequently asked questions to the best engagement photo ideas.

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In this story:

  • Engagement Photo FAQs
  • How to Display Your Engagement Photos
  • 10 Unique Engagement Photo Ideas

Engagement Photo FAQs

Wondering what the scoop is with engagement pictures? We're addressing frequently asked questions about these images with insights from expert engagement photographers.

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What are engagement photos?

Engagement photos are professional portrait images taken of to-be-weds ahead of the big day. Wedding photography expert Clane Gessel shares that he "thinks of engagement shoots as an intimate celebration of the couple's love! Engagement photo sessions are the best dress rehearsal for your wedding day photos."

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Why are engagement photos important?

"Engagement photos provide you with an opportunity to get to know the photographer whose work you already love but more importantly give you insight into how they do things as well as how your wedding day portrait session will be," explains wedding photographer Alexander Johnnides of Longbrook Photography. Photography expert Jainé Kershner echoes that sentiment sharing that "one of the best ways to build your confidence in front of the camera and to truly be yourself on your wedding day is to experience an engagement session with your wedding photographer. They'll learn how you interact as a couple, and what kind of poses or directions work best for you all while building your own personal relationship so that when the big day arrives, you'll know exactly what to expect and feel at ease."

Because these images are so important, Gessel encourages couples to give engagement photos the time and priority they deserve. "I would recommend allotting the whole day off. Not necessarily for shooting but don't leave work stressed and go do engagement photos. I can't emphasize how important they are because practice is essential and wedding photos always turn out better for the couples who choose to do an engagement shoot."

How can you prepare for engagement photos?

Communication with your photographer is a must. They'll help you know what to expect, give you tips to prepare, and also advice on how to relax if you're a little camera-shy.

For couples who are feeling nervous about having engagement photos taken, Kershner adds that to-be-weds should "just have fun because honestly, you can't mess it up. This is your 'practice' before your wedding so get out all the nerves, ask questions, be open and honest with your photographer and enjoy your time together. This really is the key to having a wonderful experience taking photos on your wedding day because you know what to expect and you can trust that your photographer understands you as a couple."

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When should you take engagement photos?

As the name would suggest, these should be done during your engagement before the wedding day. This is the perfect time to warm up in front of the camera so that you feel comfortable on the wedding day. A major consideration is how you intend to utilize your images. If you want to include an engagement photo on your save-the-dates then you'll need to book a session early to allow enough time to receive the images and have them printed on your stationery before mailing save-the-dates out (which most couples do six months before the wedding).

Kershner shares that "a good rule of thumb is to take your engagement photos anywhere from 6-4 months before your wedding. If you want to use these images for your save-the-dates, which are typically sent out 6 months in advance, I would recommend having your session even earlier around the 10-8 month mark to make sure your images will be edited and printed in time."

As for when during the day you snap these photos, Johnnides has a few suggestions based on the location you select. "For the time of day, mid- to late-afternoon is perfect for cities, and two hours or so from sunset (sometimes known as golden hour) for less urban areas. I actually love mid-afternoon shoots in all places because it provides the opportunity for much cleaner light that is way more favorable on how skin tones present in images. Additionally, sunset is ideal for beach shoots mainly or somewhere that's out in the open. The light is much softer and you don't have to be fighting direct sunlight and hunting for shade the entire time."

Where should you take engagement photos?

This is mostly up to you, though the location should be discussed with your photographer to make sure they're confident they can snap some good images in the chosen location. Gessel suggests that couples bear in mind the vibe and location of their wedding since it might be fun to depart slightly from that for the engagement photos—"Some couples want to do something different than their wedding day location look, so if it's a beach wedding they might choose a city location. Many of our couples use the opportunity to go to a new destination that they have had on their bucket list as a private celebration."

Also, make sure to clarify with your photographer how many unique locations are included during your engagement session. An hour-long session likely wouldn't include more than two locations. If you want to travel to multiple spots around your hometown, they may charge you for the travel time.

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Kershner recommends to her clients that they "choose an engagement session location that is meaningful to them. Was it a place they went on their first date? The neighborhood where they fell in love? The coffee shop where they first met? I notice that couples are more relaxed when we meet up because we're in a safe and familiar space to them."

In addition to having one or two main spots, Johnnides likes to plan a stop "halfway in at a photogenic food or drink spot. This is a great way to add to the visual variety of your shoot. Most places allow this type of thing if you come in between lunch and dinner service but always call a week ahead of time and ask!"

What should you wear to engagement photos?

The level of formality is up to you. The main thing is just that you feel comfortable. That could mean a suit and cocktail dress or that could mean a sundress and khakis with a button-down. Think of how you want to utilize the images. If you picture them being framed around your house, will formal pictures clash with your laid-back home decor? Take some time to also think about how certain outfits will translate on camera. Tight, small-format prints typically don't photograph well so stick to solid colors of larger prints.

Johnnides notes that couples can "use this as an excuse to get some new shoes or a dress you've been eyeing." However, the pro notes that you should break in any new shoes before the shoot. "Try not to wear heavily worn sneakers and definitely don't try to break in a new pair of heels that afternoon, you will regret it because candid-looking photos usually require a good amount of walking around a location." He adds that "outfit changes are okay but keep in mind they can take up the time you have allotted so keep it to one and pack light if you can."

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Kershner adds that she always recommends "wearing clothes that fit and flatter your figure for my clients so that they feel 100% comfortable and confident. If a dress is too tight, bunches up, or shows off your least favorite part of your body, you are not going to feel your best in front of any camera. I also recommend staying away from trends because your images will seem dated a lot sooner. Last, I like to remind clients to clean their jewelry, steam/iron their clothes, and shine their shoes. It's the little things that can make a big difference in your photos."

How much do engagement photos cost? What kinds of engagement photo packages exist?

The most common offering is for engagement photos to be part of a larger wedding coverage package through a photographer. While some photographers may offer a la carte engagement photos, it's typical that the engagement photos are treated like a rehearsal with the photographer you've booked for your wedding day. The total cost depends on the photographer so it's critical that you ask during the contract process whether engagement photos are included in the fee or if those will be an extra expense.

How to Display Your Engagement Photos

Once you have your engagement photos, the next step is to display them in some capacity. While sharing your images on social media is a great way to celebrate your photo shoot, we're also big fans of utilizing the images in bigger ways.

Framed Engagement Photo Prints

This is a great option to furnish your newlywed home. Have a few of your favorite engagement photos framed to use as home decor. Additionally, your parents would probably love a framed photo as a birthday, Christmas or wedding thank-you present.

Engagement Photo Album

While you might only get a few images framed, you're probably obsessed with the entire album from your photographer. Have a full photo album printed with all your faves so you can flip through the pictures anytime you want.

Engagement Photo Save the Dates

One of the most common ways to utilize engagement photos is with save-the-dates. Get guests excited for what's to come with fresh pictures of the two of you.

Wedding Website With Engagement Photos

Another great way to show off your engagement photos is to include them in your wedding website design. Whether you use just one on the home page or great a full gallery for guests to peruse, photos are a great addition to any wedding website.

10 Unique Engagement Photo Ideas

Let these engagement photography ideas inspire you. From great engagement photo poses to unique engagement photo locations, we gathered some of the best engagement photos to help you plan your own photo session.

1. Beach Engagement Photo

Do the two of you take a beach vacation every summer? Make the most of your seaside trip by booking an engagement session to commemorate your love for each other and the ocean.

2. Dog Engagement Photo

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Don't limit your engagement shots to just you and your partner. If you have a fur baby, feel free to make the photo shoot an excuse for some cute family photos.

3. Romantic Engagement Photo Ideas

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Ben Finch Photography

We're obsessed with this romantic engagement photo. It's proof that engagement photos are a great time to relax in front of the camera and let your love shine.

4. Cute Engagement Photo Idea

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Ryan Greenleaf Photography

If this isn't enough proof that you need to take engagement photos, then we don't know what is. Treat yourself to a lovely photo session to capture images you'll cherish.

5. NYC Engagement Photo Idea

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Jenny Fu

Use your engagement photos to celebrate your city and the neighborhoods you hold dear. Whether that's an urban New York City engagement shoot or a rural session in your hometown.

6. Rainy Engagement Photo

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Don't fret if there's rain in the forecast for the date of your engagement session. Your photographer will be able to work with you to create a plan that ensures you still end up with images you adore.

7. Formal Engagement Photo Idea

The level of formality with your engagement pics is up to you. If you want a chance to dress to the nines and rock a fancy outfit, this is your sign to do just that.

8. Urban Engagement Photo Idea

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Jainé Kershner Photography

You don't necessarily need a crazy jet-setting location for your engagement photo shoot—snaps around your local neighborhood are sure to shine. Plus, memories created in the locations that hold the most meaning to you are probably going to feel the most special.

9. Spring Engagement Photo Idea

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Jainé Kershner Photography

Spring is a great time to take engagement photos, especially is you got engaged over the holidays. Work with your photographer to plan a date around when flowers will be in peak bloom in your area.

10. Park Engagement Photo

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There's something so whimsical about a stroll in the park. Just invite your photographer along to act as paparazzi while you and your love take in nature.

FAQs

How do you thank your photographer? ›

Thank you so much for taking such beautiful photographs of the best day of our lives. You captured the day perfectly and it was a pleasure to have you as part of it all. We're so pleased with the results and the lasting memories we now have through imagery of our guests.

What pictures get the most engagement on Instagram? ›

What Type of Instagram Feed Post Gets the Most Engagement?
  • Carousel posts have the highest average engagement rate of all feed post types.
  • Images have a slightly higher average engagement rate than video feed posts (excluding Reels)
8 Apr 2022

How do you compliment a wedding photographer? ›

Just want to say a massive thank you, you were brilliant! I love the photos, thank you so much! Just wanted to say a huge, huge thank you to you for being fantastic on our wedding day! Thanks again for the photos!

How do you respond to a beautiful picture? ›

You can say something like, nice photo, or great composition, you captured some wonderful light. Just say something nice.

How do you appreciate a beautiful picture? ›

  1. You are gorgeous and ooze tremendous charm. ...
  2. Your pretty face makes me blush all the time because I don't know how to approach you.
  3. Your beauty is so refreshing. ...
  4. This looks like a skincare ad. ...
  5. I would do anything to bag you as my girl. ...
  6. I love your face and booty. ...
  7. Stay winning and stay being pretty.
21 Dec 2021

What to write in a wedding thank you note to photographer? ›

Thank you so much for capturing our wedding in photographs. We had such a fantastic time. Your flexibility, your gentle suggestions and your smiles put us totally at ease and made us forget you were doing the professional and artistic work. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. <3.

How do you comment on someone's photo? ›

Explain What Makes it a Great Photo
  1. Don't Just Say… 'I love the colours' Instead, say something like; 'I love the rich colours. ...
  2. Don't Just Say… 'Nice angle' Instead, say something like; 'The high angle is a great choice. ...
  3. Don't Just Say… 'Love the blurry background' Instead, say something like;
10 Sept 2019

What is another way to say nice picture? ›

Synonyms for Nice photo
  1. nice picture. n.
  2. good photo. n.
  3. good picture. n.
  4. beautiful picture. n.
  5. great picture. n.
  6. great shot. n.
  7. great photo. n.
  8. pretty picture. n.

Why is my engagement so low on Instagram? ›

On Instagram, there are only so many impressions to go around, and the site has grown increasingly competitive as it strives to keep all of its users interested. The first thing you should know is that your engagement is low because Instagram's algorithm has been altered to prioritize its paying clients.

What type of photos get the most likes? ›

The most-liked post on Instagram is a photo of an egg, which has been liked by over 56 million different accounts as of June 2022.

What type of posts get the most engagement? ›

Here are the Top 5 Types of Social Media Posts to Engage Your Followers:
  • Competitions. People are competitive by nature, which makes competitions and sweepstakes great for engagement. ...
  • Polls and Surveys. ...
  • Infographics. ...
  • Videos. ...
  • Livestreams.
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What should a good photographer say? ›

#1 Somehow, you found a way to capture every important moment on camera. I envy your skills and would like to thank you for doing such a great job for us! #2 You are such a talented photographer, and we were thrilled with the results of your work.

What do you write in a wedding photographer? ›

So the absolute essentials are:
  • Both your names.
  • Include your date.
  • Tell them about your venue.
  • Include your email address, your phone number and tell them a good time to call.
  • Tell them about your wedding.
  • If you are wanting bespoke, mention that.
  • If you are on a budget, mention that.

What do you say to someone's wedding pictures? ›

What to Say in a Wedding Video
  1. We love you. You're a beautiful couple, congrats!
  2. A toast to the best pairing I've ever seen!
  3. Here's to love that lasts forever and never grows old! Congratulations, my friend.
  4. Wishing you both health and happiness!
  5. I'm so excited to celebrate this special day with both of you! Congrats!
4 Nov 2021

What should I comment on someone's wedding post? ›

Examples
  • “Couldn't be happier for you!”
  • “Wishing you every happiness together!”
  • “Congratulations on your marriage and best wishes always!”
  • “Here's to the love that brought you together!”
  • “I knew the love you had was something special. ...
  • “I love to see two people who deserve happiness so much find it with each other.
18 Feb 2020

How much do you tip your wedding photographer? ›

If you're happy with the photographer's work, etiquette experts say a 15-20% gratuity is generally appropriate. Regardless of the amount you decide to tip, it is always appreciated and above your responsibilities as a wedding client to tip your wedding photographer.

How do you comment on a beautiful woman picture? ›

You have such a beautiful smile.
  1. I love you not just because you are beautiful but because being beautiful fits you.
  2. You look even more pretty without makeup.
  3. As pretty as a picture.
  4. Nothing is as beautiful as you.
  5. I don't believe if something so beautiful also exists.
  6. Definitely the most beautiful woman on the planet.
29 Jun 2021

How do you respond to appreciation? ›

How to Accept a Compliment
  1. “Thank you, it makes my day to hear that.”
  2. “I really put a lot of thought into this, thank you for noticing.”
  3. “Thank you, I really appreciate you taking the time to express that.”
  4. “Thank you, I am happy to hear you feel that way!”
12 Oct 2019

How do you compliment someone in one word? ›

Breathtaking / Awe-Inspiring — So awesome and amazing, they take your breath away; astonishing; thrillingly beautiful. Brilliant / Intelligent / Genius — Well above average in the smarts department; gifted; whip-smart; witty; masterly; profound; adept; first-rate.

How do you say beautiful comment? ›

40 Ways to Say You Are Beautiful in Speaking Phrases You are so adorable. I have never seen anyone as beautiful as you You make my heart melt Your beauty is incomparable Your smile melts my heart Lovely Dazzling Wow, You are gorgeous.

What are the best comments for Instagram? ›

Cute Things to Post on Your Friend's Instagram Post
  • You're glowing!
  • Beauty Queen.
  • Your smile is contagious.
  • Your beauty has no boundaries.
  • You are my sunshine.
  • Just as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside.
  • This pic has had me smiling at my phone all day!
  • You really light up a room…and my Instagram feed.

How do you appreciate someone? ›

When you're feeling a deep appreciation for those who have made a difference in your life, use these phrases to show your gratitude:
  1. I appreciate you!
  2. You are the best.
  3. I appreciate your help so much.
  4. I'm grateful to you.
  5. I wanted to thank you for your help.
  6. I value the help you've given me.
3 Aug 2022

What to write in a wedding thank you? ›

Thank you so much for being a part of our big day and for the love and support you've given [Partner's Name] and I. Our wedding wouldn't have been the same without you. I will always cherish the heartfelt toast you gave. We can't wait to build a future together, all of us family.

How do you thank a photographer on social media? ›

If they have chosen to be the hero and have done the best photography, you must thank them in the open. To thank your photographer on Instagram, start with following them voluntarily, i.e., without demanding a follow back. It would be best if you also left them a great, descriptive, and good review.

How do you describe a good picture in one word? ›

Picture-perfect Synonyms - WordHippo Thesaurus.
...
What is another word for picture-perfect?
perfectflawless
unblemishedimmaculate
idealirreproachable
indefectibleabsolute
seamlesspicture-book
77 more rows

What is the most attractive adjective? ›

captivating. adjective. very interesting or attractive in a way that takes all your attention.

How do you write a positive review for a baby photographer? ›

I just love your photographs and how you make the photography session so relaxed and fun. Thanks for everything! We just love the photography you did of our newborn baby! You made everyone feel very relaxed and we really enjoyed the photography session.

What do you write in a wedding photographer? ›

So the absolute essentials are:
  • Both your names.
  • Include your date.
  • Tell them about your venue.
  • Include your email address, your phone number and tell them a good time to call.
  • Tell them about your wedding.
  • If you are wanting bespoke, mention that.
  • If you are on a budget, mention that.

How do you write a good supplier review? ›

  1. Be Specific. It's really important to give examples of what your team did to make you feel welcome, important, and any significant moments that proved their expertise. ...
  2. Be Honest. While it's extremely valuable to give your honest opinion, it's important to be polite while doing so. ...
  3. Edit for Clarity. ...
  4. Shout Out Names.

When should wedding vendors be reviewed? ›

Be Timely. We know it's hard, but after your wedding, don't wait forever to start writing your vendor reviews. (You can think of them as your thank-you notes to your vendors.) Try your best to post evaluations as soon as possible as a courtesy to the pros who made your day happen.

How do I write a review on the knot? ›

Once you've found the vendor's storefront, look for the "Reviews" tab at the top, or scroll down to this where you'll find the “Write a review” button. Make sure to include your rating, review text, and role in the wedding. If you need additional help, please contact our reviews team at reviewinquiry@weddingpro.com.

How do we write a review? ›

Tips for writing great reviews
  1. Be informative and insightful: Be specific and relevant to the place you're reviewing, and describe what other visitors are likely to experience. ...
  2. Be authentic: Review your own experience, and explain what the place was like and the service you received.

How do I post a review on Facebook 2022? ›

First, you will need to activate the Facebook Reviews tab on your Facebook Page.
...
How to Write a Facebook Review?
  1. Click 'Yes' in the Do you recommend (PageName)? box.
  2. A pop-up will appear with a text area where you can write your review.
  3. Click 'Post'
6 Dec 2021

How do you respond to a photo inquiry? ›

7 Tips for Responding to Photography Rate Inquiries
  1. The Dreaded “What's Your Rate?” Question. ...
  2. Every Rate Inquiry is a Conversation. ...
  3. Always Ask the Budget. ...
  4. Give Yourself Options. ...
  5. Ask Questions! ...
  6. Don't Give an Hourly Rate. ...
  7. 6 Don't Be Afraid to Be Expensive. ...
  8. Know When to Raise Your Rates.
22 Mar 2022

What should I talk about with my wedding photographer? ›

10 things to discuss with your wedding photographer before the...
  • Are there any shots that you especially want? ...
  • Are there any shots that you particularly don't want? ...
  • What's your timetable for the day? ...
  • Are there any planned quirks or surprises? ...
  • Does the venue or your plans have any lighting idiosyncrasies?
27 Mar 2015

What to write in a wedding thank you note to photographer? ›

Thank you so much for capturing our wedding in photographs. We had such a fantastic time. Your flexibility, your gentle suggestions and your smiles put us totally at ease and made us forget you were doing the professional and artistic work. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. <3.

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