49 Stunning Engagement Photos You're Going to Want to Imitate ASAP (2024)

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The concept of an engagement shoot may seem over-the-top to some, but a pre-wedding session with your photographer will get you both comfortable in front of the camera. In some cultures, engagement shoots are traditional and customary, rather than an optional addition to your wedding photography. Whether you're planning an engagement session to test the waters with your chosen photographer or to get a first round of professional photos together before the wedding, it's important to home in on the vibe, look, and feel these photos will take.

Engagement shoots don't necessarily have to be serious. Ask yourself: Are you looking to emulate a chic editorial? Capture candid, romantic moments? Or have simple, straightforward portraits to share with family?

From the waters of Capri to the comfort of one's own home, we've rounded up a selection of stunning engagement photos, captured by some of the best photographers in the world. Keep scrolling for lighting inspiration, poses to keep in mind, and ideas of what to use as your backdrop (and where).

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When considering what time of day to take your photographs, our vote is golden hour—always.

Photo by: Diktat Photography

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Opt for a far-flung or local location that reflects you as a couple. Then, dress the part.

Photo by: Igor Demba

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Take a stroll through your neighborhood and take your photographer with you.

Photo by: Mo Davis

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Work with your photographer in advance to get inspired and create a look that feels authentic to you as a couple. Re-create the vibe of photographs and films that speak to you; think modern-day Slim Aarons, Helmut Newton, or the look of an Old Hollywood film for iconic shots of the two of you together.

Photo by: Christian Oth

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Plan an activity that you'll both enjoy, like a boat trip, a hike, or a day by the pool. Then, style yourselves for the moment and experience it all with your photographer along for the ride.

Photo by: Anée Atelier

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In a wide landscape, find a focal point; let your surroundings do the rest.

Photo by: Jose Villa

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If your most connected and intimate moments are spent at home, invite your photographer to dinner or drinks and let them do what they do best.

Photo by: John Dolan

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Retro-style vibes at sunset make for cinematic moments rather than posed photos.

Photo by: Allan Zepeda

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Why not dress up? Get glammed up for your photos, and then make it look effortless—even at home.

Photo by: Abby Jiu

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Sometimes, all you need is the comfort of your home for a sweet and candid photo op. To keep it from looking contrived, try to tap into how you feel when the two of you are alone; it may be a challenge at first, but do your best to forget your photographer is in the room.

Photo by: Dearheart Photos

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For city dwellers, hop on the train or catch a cab; give your photographer the front seat.

Photo by: Heather Waraksa

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Be playful and don't discount the in-between moments. There's often beauty in the blurriness; keep in mind that when reviewing a photographer's work, not everything has to be pin-sharp.

Photo by: Elizabeth LaDuca

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Have fun with your fashion. Use your engagement session as a time to wear looks you don't think you'll have a place for on the wedding weekend, but that you love just the same.

Photo by: Sarah Falugo

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Drone shots captured far ahead make for lifelong keepsakes and art to hang in your newlywed home.

Photo by: Kama Catch Me Photography

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Tap into the glamour of old films, and a nod to mod styling, for a street style shoot all your own.

Photo by: Belathée

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Get creative with venue choices and opt for locations that speak to your story—like this couple who ventured to New York City's Top of the Rock for their engagement session at sunset.

Photo by: Christian Oth Studio

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Take your photo session off the beaten path and let the natural backdrop set the stage for an intimate moment.

Photo by: Brandon Scott Photography

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Plan ahead; photos like this gravity-defying boat ride involve one captain-driven boat for you and your beau, and another separate ride for your photographer to capture you at sea.

Photo by: Sylvie Gil

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Embrace your heritage, love of fashion, and locations that matter to you as individuals and as a couple.

Photo by: Elizabeth Austin Photography

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Heather Hall

Contributing Weddings Writer

Heather Hall is a weddings, fashion, and lifestyle writer and editor. Her career in weddings began at The Knot, where she worked as a bridal fashion editor. She then worked as a PR Manager at Amsale, a bridal design house, before starting her ownevents and digital marketing business. She has been featured on Today.com, MSN.com, Yahoo.com, Racked.com,Huffington Post, Verily Magazine, andStyle Me Pretty. Heather loves music, travel, and practicing yoga. In her spare time she's typicallyresearching the next fun workout class to try, orfinding a new concert to attend. Her latest goal: become a DJ.

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