How to Prep for Your Wedding Day Engagement Shoot

Now a days, most photographers include an engagement photo session in their wedding packages. If one is not included, I strongly recommend making the small investment. Most brides don’t realize all the benefits of this engagement photo session. Your photographer will get the opportunity to see which light, angle and pose work best for you and your fiancĂ© BEFORE your wedding day! And you will get to have some fun and relaxed pictures of you and your future hubby.

Once you have scheduled your photo shoot, here are a few thing you can do to prepare:


First, decide on how formal or relaxed you would like your pictures. Do you want your engagement pictures to show your more causal every day relationship? In that case, a simple combo of t-shirt and jeans will work. Are you more of a fashion forward couple? Do you envision yourself in a more formal look? Whatever you decide, make sure that both of you are on the same page.

Ask your photographer what they recommend, but most will say to avoid clothes with busy patterns, floral prints, and excessive black or white fashion. Sticking with solids are a safe bet.


There are endless possibilities for locations of your photo shoot. Some couples choose the comfort of their home, while others venture out. Do you and your fiancé have a place that is special to you? Do you both love the beach, or maybe a rustic outdoor location? Did you go somewhere special on your first date or where he proposed? With all the options, pick the one that you can have the most fun with!


I always recommend that my brides attempt to schedule their hair and make up trial for the morning of their engagement shoot. I’m sure you want to look fabulous for the pictures anyway! You will also get the chance to see how your hair and make up hold up as you prance around with your photographer. Just to be safe, have a little time between the trial and photo shoot to adjust any beauty needs.

The most important advice is to HAVE FUN! You will have hundreds (if not thousands) of formal pictures after your wedding. Your engagement photography shoot is the perfect opportunity to let your personality shine. When planning your wedding be sure to ask your photographer all of the questions before venturing out to your engagement shoot.

Happy Planning!