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Natalie
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Engagement photo tips?

Natalie, on October 28, 2019 at 11:57 AM Posted in Planning 1 19

We're taking our engagement photos in a couple of weeks. I'm nervous and usually don't like how I look in posed pictures. Any tips for getting good pics?

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Latest activity by Ann, on October 29, 2019 at 2:51 AM
  • Katelyn
    Devoted October 2020
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    Hi! I usually feel the same, but I was surprisingly comfortable with our photographer! I tried to pretend it was just us and act normal - those seem to be the best shots. I recommend just trying to be comfortable with yourself and trying to relax. To feel comfortable, I had my sister do my hair and makeup for me and got to the location early so I wasn't stressed about making it on time. I feel like my tips aren't super helpful, but I hope your photographer is able to make you feel comfortable!

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  • DitchingDiaz
    Dedicated November 2020
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    Just took mine and they came out beautiful! I was so scared because I HATE raking pictures but here’s the advice I took that helped:
    -wear something that is YOU and that you feel confident in. Your pictures aren’t the day to experiment
    -remember to breath in your pics because in photos if you’re holding your breath it shows and you look stiff
    -HAVE FUN. Whisper stupid things in each other’s ears and make each other laugh because those photos come out beautiful!
    -remember that even if you only end up loving one photo, that’s more than you had!
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  • Natalie
    Devoted January 2021
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    That's good to know! I think I need to try and relax as much as possible to feel natural and like it's nbd haha

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  • Natalie
    Devoted January 2021
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    Good tip about outfits!

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  • Haley
    Expert October 2020
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    I'd never had my pics taken before like that and my FH is so serious and awkward sometimes I was really worried. It ended up being really fun and I kept pinching him and saying "pretend like you like me" and we'd both start laughing so it led to some cute, genuine smiles and pictures.

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  • Destiera
    Devoted March 2020
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    Just relax and act like it’s only you two in the world! it’s so fun just being able to goof off and all, it makes the pictures really display your relationship as a couple!
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  • Kathryn
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    Honestly, just relax and enjoy the moment. Our photographer had posed for us to try, and it turned out a lot of it was getting genuine smiles out of us. We ended up with some beautiful shots of us just looking at each other/teasing other. One of my favorites was when he told my fiance to tickle me, and at one point he just got his arms around me with a true smile and kissed my cheek while I'm laughing like crazy. Try and pretend the camera isn't there and it's just you guys.
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  • Amber
    Master February 2020
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    I agree with PP's, just relax and be in the moment! We'd never had professional photos done together, but our photographer was great. Any good photographer will know how to pose you and make good photos, it's best to just go with the flow and focus on each other Smiley smile

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  • Kevin
    Super October 2021
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    Go on Pinterest and find every engagement photo you like. Having a pose to copy rather than trying new ones or having your photographer pose you all day is better. This also helps you and your fiancé pick what type of photo poses you like. Rather than you feeling uncomfortable or awkward with poses
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  • Sarah
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    We took ours last weekend and while we don't have them back yet our photographer emphasized how the less posed we were the better the pictures would be. He'd put us in position for lighting purposes and then tell us to talk to each other and pretend he wasn't there. My FH even enjoyed it and he HATES pictures. He said he liked that it wasn't a "pose and smile" shoot. Along with PP - - just relax. Our photographer started out having us holding hands and walking/stopping from time to time. He showed us the first few and you could feel our anxiety through the camera. After a bit though, we forgot anyone was even there except for us. The tip our photographer gave us was to always shift weight into one leg or the other and nothing to stand "straight-legged" he said it makes you look stiff/tense. Hope that helps!

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  • M
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    I would say, do something fun, that way you're actually smiling and laughing and not just posing for it.


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  • Nicole
    Dedicated June 2020
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    I had my friends stand behind the camera and say stuff to make us laugh at each otherSmiley smile

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  • Meghan
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    Try and relax and focus on your fiancee as best as you can and it may not come out as a 'forced' pose. Some of ours ended up looking forced, but we had over 120 photos, so naturally some are gonna come out looking 'meh'.
    If you're using the same photographer for your wedding too, I've heard/seen a lot of people say its a good way to get more comfortable with the photographer for actual wedding pictures

    Good luck! Hope everything turns out amazing for you two!
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  • Yoice
    VIP March 2019
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    Your photographer should be able to guide you thru your pics. I personally love candid images and you’ll feel more comfortable as time passes. The first pics are always awk and tense until you break the ice. Make sure you don’t start with your favorite spot in your location. Keep it light and natural between you and fiancé and concentrate on that and they’ll turn out great.
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  • Paula
    Dedicated September 2020
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    I think it helps being really comfortable around your photographer. Just relax and let your photographer do their job. I had certain photos I wanted to shoot, but she was great at posing us. This photo is one of my favorites. My photographer literally said "okay, jump on his back."

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  • CourtneyBrittain
    Master August 2019
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    Be yourself! I know it sounds dumb but really, just be there with your fiancé and let the photographer give you pointers. Try to relax and imagine that it’s just the two of you.
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  • Alicia
    Devoted October 2021
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    Relax, be yourself, ignore that someone is watching/filming you, think of the love of your life and how much you love them
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  • Caitlin
    Devoted September 2021
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    BRING.👏PROPS.👏 That was the biggest piece of advice my friend did in her engagement photos. They brought a bunch of cute things like sparklers, that powder paint stuff, bubbles, and things to pose with. They also made a heart with each of their hands on a tree and gave flowers to each other and stuff. There are tons of things you can do that aren't super lovey dovey and/or awkward. It really worked for my friend, her engagement pics are really fun.
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  • Ann
    Devoted September 2021
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    Same! I’m hoping the photographer can work her magic on me haha
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