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20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas

Posted May 3, 2013 | 5 Comments

If you’re looking for the best engagement photo ideas, you’ve come to the right place! We feel extremely blessed to work with the most amazing wedding photographers in the industry and share Real Weddings and engagement photo ideas with you on a regular basis. When we feature a new engagement shoot, I can always recall a specific detail, like the surprise proposal, the rowboat, or the impromptu Scrabble game. When you’re planning, remember that the best engagement photo ideas are all about the details. Your location(s), attire, props, and the season you choose will contribute to a more memorable engagement session. Also, selecting an amazing engagement photographer is very important: he or she will be essential in properly bringing your engagement photo ideas to fruition and capturing you at your very best. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up twenty of the best engagement photo ideas… and I think you’re going to love what we’ve discovered! What’s your favorite?

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas (photo by Justin Battenfield)

photos by justin battenfield | see the full shoot here

Engagement Photo Ideas

1. The Pickup Truck

This photo – by Justin Battenfield – is one of my all-time favorite engagement photos ever. And it reminds me of this song. I love the cowboy boots hanging off the edge of the truck!

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Pickup Truck (by Justin Battenfield)20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Pick Up Truck (by Justin Battenfield)

photos by justin battenfield | see the full shoot here

2. The Ampersand

You & Me. She & Him. Us & Forever. Here & Now. An ampersand is one of the essential engagement photo ideas. Photo by Stripling Photography.

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Ampersand (by Stripling Photography)

photo by stripling photography | see the full shoot here

3. The Ocean

Waves. Sand. Who-cares-if-our-feet-get-wet. Love. Photo by Eric Boneske.

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Ocean (by Eric Boneske Photography)20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Ocean + Save the Date Written in the Sand (by Eric Boneske)

photos by eric boneske photography | see the full shoot here

4. The Library

The library stacks can be a very romantic place. By Michelle Gardella.

photo by michelle gardella | see the full shoot here

5. The Hot Rod

One hot car, aviators, and a totally adorable couple. Check, check, and check. By Photography by Jen Philips.

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Hot Rod (by Photography by Jen Philips)

by photography by jen philips | see the full engagement shoot here

6. The Blanket

Perfect for that snuggled-up shot, By Justin Battenfield. This is an especially perfect prop for the fall!

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Blanket (by Justin Battenfield)

photo by justin battenfield | see the full engagement shoot here

Loving this one, too, by the lake. By Stripling Photography.

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Blanket (by Stripling Photography)

photo by stripling photography | see the full shoot here

7. The Snow

Snow is a fantastic winter engagement photo idea, and the result is usually a snowball fight (which makes it even more fun). By Amy Carroll Photography.

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Snow (by Amy Carroll Photography)20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Snow (by Amy Carroll Photography)

photos by amy carroll photography | see the full engagement shoot here

8. The Pub

This couple is so in love, they don’t even seem to notice they’re on camera. By Cheatwood Photography.

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Pub (by Cheatwood Photography)

by cheatwood photography | see the full post here

9. The Train

Steal a few kisses on a train. By RubySky Photography.

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Train (by RubySky Photography)

by rubysky photography | see the full post here

10. The Chalkboards

Chalkboards are one of the most popular engagement photo ideas right now and for good reason: this is one prop that can display your upcoming wedding date or custom message right in your photo. By Eric Boneske.

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Chalkboards (by Eric Boneske)

photo by eric boneske | see the full engagement shoot here

11. The Surprise Proposal

Horacio took Courtney to the beach for a romantic walk, but secretly hired Eric Boneske to capture a surprise proposal, making this one of the best engagement photo ideas (and proposal ideas) of all time. By Eric Boneske.

Top 20 Engagement Photo Ideas: The Surprise Proposal on the Beach (by Eric Boneske)

photo by eric boneske | see the full engagement shoot here

12. The Coat

Aw. Such a sweet shot. By Justin Battenfield.

engagement photo ideas - the snuggle up in your coat

by justin battenfield | see the full engagement shoot here

13. The Church Pew

We featured this engagement session yesterday and the church pew quickly made our list of top engagement photo ideas. By Zack Wilson Photography.

engagement photo ideas - the church pew

by zack wilson photography | see the full engagement shoot here

14. The Vineyard

Ah, outdoors in rows of vineyards: a perfect setting. By Eric Boneske Photography.

vineyard engagement photo

photo by eric boneske photography | see the full engagement shoot here

15. The Local Hot Spot / Artwork in Town

Where’s your favorite place to hang out? Do you have a favorite local attraction? Make sure it’s on your engagement photo location list. We have a few examples for this one. First, a shot of the couple in front of Thomas Oyster Co., captured by Michelle Gardella Photography

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas:  Thomas Oyster Co. (by Michelle Gardella)

by michelle gardella | see the full engagement shoot here

… a huge wall mural in Miami by Photos by Mavi

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Miami Mural (by Photos by Mavi)

photo by photos by mavi | see the full engagement shoot here

… and, last but not least, the Detroit Train Station, a local architectural marvel. By Sarah Kossuch.

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Detroit Train Station (photo by Sarah Kossuch)

by sarah kossuch | see the full engagement shoot here

16. The Wine Barrels

A winery is a beautiful place to have an engagement shoot. This shot is one of my favorites from this shoot. By Eric Boneske.

engagement photo ideas - the winery

by eric boneske | see the full shoot here

17. The Alma Mater

This couple wanted to include their alma mater, where they met, into their engagement photos. By Justin Battenfield.

engagement photo ideas - the sports teams

photo by justin battenfield | see the full engagement shoot here

Another way to do so? Take your engagement photos to your college campus, like this lecture hall shot by Erin J. Photography.

engagement photo ideas - the lecture hall

photo by erin j. photography | see the full engagement shoot here

18. The Greenhouse

Ah, love in the greenhouse. by Michelle Gardella Photography.

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Greenhouse (by Michelle Gardella)20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Greenhouse (by Michelle Gardella)20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas: The Greenhouse (by Michelle Gardella)

by michelle gardella | see the full engagement shoot here

19. The Scrabble Board

One of the most memorable engagement photo ideas involves props or activities, like this Scrabble board. This shot gets a triple word score just for being awesome. By Justin Battenfield.

engagement photo ideas - the scrabble board

by justin battenfield | see the full engagement shoot here

20. The Pups

Don’t leave your pups out of the fun! I love this shot because it shows their neighborhood and interaction with their pups. By Justin Battenfield.

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas:  The Pups (by Justin Battenfield)

by justin battenfield | see the full engagement shoot here

And, this cutie with a bow tie on. By Charity Maurer.

charity mauer

by charity maurer | see the full engagement shoot here

And, the best prop of them all? That big ‘ol smile.

20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas (photo by Justin Battenfield)

by justin battenfield | see the full engagement shoot here

Looking for a wedding photographer to capture your engagement photo ideas? Visit The Bridal Book at Emmaline Bride, our state-by-state preferred wedding vendor directory. Our preferred wedding vendors are hand-picked and the very best in the industry.

Happy Planning!


-E.

P.S. “I’m engaged… now what?” Find out 5 Things to Do After Getting Engaged.

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5 Responses to “20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas”

  1. Handmade Affair
    May 3rd, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    Oh wow, hard to pick a favorite. These are some beautiful shots. The surprise proposal photo is stunning. I must admit the chalkboard one is totally cool.

  2. Malaya
    May 7th, 2013 @ 12:43 am

    These are amazing; make my heart smile, for sure! I’m super antsy for an engagement shoot now! Flawless photography and breathtaking moments captured on film. Love, love, love!

  3. Christine
    May 8th, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

    Super cute ideas.. thank you for sharing.

  4. Jertheus Burnett
    June 10th, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

    dope

  5. Joy Ward
    August 2nd, 2014 @ 2:49 pm

    Some of these look good, but others have serious lighting/focus issues…








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