From chalkboard signs to hearts in the sand, there are some engagement photo ideas that have run their course. So we asked some wedding pros to share their best ideas to make sure your engagement photos are unique and creative.
1. Rent a drone. Lyft Aerial, a drone company based out of Austin, Texas, is receiving more and more requests from couples for drone engagement photos. “One of our favorite is when we have a couple hanging on a cliff with their feet dangling, we have the drone taking photos looking back at them,” says Chris Bonnet. “Another favorite drone engagement photo is when we have a couple on a bridge with flowing water underneath. We take the drone directly up with the camera pointed straight down looking at the couple, bridge and river/creek. The couple is looking up at the drone waiving/kissing.”
2. Hit the books. Love to read? Head over to a library for a fun photo shoot, says Slisha Kankariya, co-founder of Four Mine. “The most beautiful and ornate libraries are generally in large cities. Ideally, if you live in or near a city like Boston or New York you can visit the public library and find a beautiful spot to take pictures. Even better, take along some of your favorite books or books you’ve read together to use in the photo shoot. Just don’t make too much noise!”
3. Create a masterpiece. Do you both love cooking? Make a unique photo session with you both cooking up a delicious meal or dessert. Are you both artists? Create a piece of part together while your photographer captures each step. The big reveal of your art can then be showcased at the wedding. “The key in having unique engagement images is not copying what others have done, but focusing on what makes you both unique as a couple,” says Johanna Jacobson, owner of Ambientimage Photography.
4. Set a scene. If you’re both big movie buffs and have a couple of go-to favorites, use those movies as inspiration for your photo shoot, says Kankariya. “You can recreate a scene or simply dress as the characters. Even better: reenact a scene from the movie and send a video announcement to your friends and family.”
5. Start at the beginning. If location allows, why not hold part of your engagement photo shoot at the exact spot you first met? “Whether it’s a picturesque park or a college bar–your friends and family familiar with your story will love the reference to where it all began,” says Chloe Nalbantian, lifestyle editor of UK-based bridebook.co.uk.
6. Keep it casual. Avoid cliché train tracks or hay bales you’ll likely cringe at in years to come. “Some of the most successful engagement shoots are of the happy couple together in a natural setting, like in their PJs on a Sunday morning on the couch, or at the point where their morning commute splits ways at the subway,” says Nalbantian.
7. Bring out your inner child. Head over to a local theme park or carnival. “Enjoy rides, fun foods and the excitement of being together. It will make for some great pictures as you enjoy each other’s company and even a little competitive spirit,” says Kankariya.