16 Unique Engagement Photo Ideas

on June 29, 2020

Engagement photo shoots can be so fun, but they can also be a little daunting. You and your partner need to be on the same page about outfits, poses, locations and the overall vibe of the shoot. There’s a chance that you don’t even really know where to start. But have no fear! At Chatbooks, we know ALL about photos and holding onto what matters, and your engagement pictures are important!  These photos might appear on your wedding invitations, be used for your save the date, or they might even be displayed at your reception. On top of getting you both to keep your eyes open in the winning shot, you want to make sure all of the pictures reflect your relationship. These 16 unique engagement photo ideas will be the perfect fit for you and your significant other...

Opt for a memorable location

Couple kisses on a trail

Maybe there’s a beautiful hiking trail where you had your first kiss, or perhaps there’s a cute cafe where you first met. Whatever your place is, choose that as your backdrop for a beautiful and memorable engagement photo shoot.

Include your kids

Couple poses with son for engagement photoshoot

If you have children, they deserve to be included in this special moment. This is a great way to show everyone how important your little family is to you.

Don’t be afraid to get silly

Couple laughing together

The thing that made you fall in love with them in the first place was their sense of humor, so be sure to show that in your photos. Don’t be afraid to take some goofy pictures that will make you and your S.O. smile, laugh and fall in love all over again.

Go for a greenhouse

Couple holding hands in greenhouse

Natural greens and florals can serve as an amazing setting for photos. The natural light will bring out the shine in your blowout. And if you live somewhere cold or rainy, this is a great option for staying dry and warm during the photo session.

Include your pet

Couple poses on wedding day with pet

You may have a third love in your relationship and that third member walks on four legs and has a lot of fur. Bring your pet in on the photoshoot for some adorable moments.

Head to the mountains

Couple posing in the mountains

Even if you have to drive to find the perfect backdrop, mountainous pictures will be a timeless addition to your photo selection.

Get fancy

Close up of couple kissing

Choose your best and most *extra* outfits to celebrate. A photo shoot with you and your significant other dressing to the nines make for some super memorable pictures.

Stay casual

Couple hugging

If your personality is chill and low-key, then don’t do anything that makes you feel out of place. Go for something understated and let your love do all the talking.

Take a close-up

Couple poses for a close up photoshoot

Sometimes all you need is a simple photo of you and your love’s happy faces. Don’t worry about getting the perfect backdrop. Just choose the best picture that shows how happy the two of you are.

Play by the water

Couple posing on shoreline

There is nothing more romantic than a walk along a shoreline. Find a beach or a lake where you can snap some photos of the two of you walking barefoot. Take a moment to play and run through the water for some beautiful candids.

Stay home

Couple cuddling at home

They say that home is where the heart is, so try a home photo shoot. Cuddle up on the couch or hang out around a backyard fire pit for cute, casual pics.

Romantic snow photos

Couple poses in the snow

Nothing is more romantic than a light snowfall in the winter. If you live in a place where it snows (or even if you don’t), take some time for a winter snow photo shoot. You’ll love the romantic lighting and beautiful pictures.

Coordinate your outfits with the scenery

Couple kisses in a green backdrop

For vibrant engagement photos, wear colors that coordinate with your scenery. Pro tip: Consider matching your engagement shoot colors with your wedding colors for on-point invitations.

Go urban

Couple poses in front of graffiti wall

Find some city backdrops for your urban photo shoot. Graffiti and a bit of grit make crisp, formal outfits look that much cooler.

Find a field

Couple holding hands in a field

Stumped on a setting? Go classic with a romantic field photo shoot. Channel your inner Jane Austen with a walk through tall grass, holding your love’s hand.

Stick to a studio

Couple posing in a studio

Nothing is more classic than a studio photo shoot. The natural lighting and stark colors will create a classy, modern vibe.