We’ve convinced you that having an engagement shoot in preparation for your wedding is the best decision you’ll ever make, right? And we’ve helped you figure out what you’ll both wear to your engagement shoot as well. So… you’re booked, you’re dressed, and now you need some place to go!! Engagement shoot locations are definitely a topic of conversation between you and your photographer – we’re just going to get the ball rolling where the inspiration is concerned.
Locations you and your photographer may (or may not) know. Pick a few must-have-pictures-taken locales and prepare for the unexpected ones too. The photo below? Katelyn and her couple stumbled upon this brick wall and perfectly placed chalk art while wandering around Richmond. Look for those picture perfect opportunities and take them!! You’ll never know when they might pop up or disappear (this wall has since been painted over but will live in Jordan and Beau’s engagement photos forever).
Neutral backdrops like country roads and fields are perfect for photos. Utilize the beauty that God and Mother Nature have given us!!
Railroad tracks are romantic.
Buildings with a lot of color and texture. Both are amazing backdrops for your engagement photos. Cute pups with Save the Dates signs are pretty perfect too.
Beautiful light in the woods? Sign yourselves right up!
Engagement photos are pretty. The beach is pretty. What would be prettier than your photos taken on the beach? That’s right. Nothing.
Industrial-type parks, old-rusty trucks and farm equipment make for gorgeous photo backdrops and even props.
Another great example of taking advantage of what you see when you see it. Natalie couldn’t believe that they stumbled upon this boat called “COMMITMENT” and immediately plopped her couple down in front of it. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Allow yourself to always, always live in the moment during your engagement shoot.
These two knew about the Lock and Keys Project in Natick, MA, and decided to incorporate it into their engagement session! Ruth Eileen captured them adding their very own lock of love to the public art installation.
The cobblestone streets and alleyways of Boston – oh how perfect they are for capturing a couple in love. Other places of cobblestone, not just Boston.
Be open to the endless possibilities for engagement shoot locales. Parks, fields, college campuses, coffee shops, even laundry mats. I haven’t a clue how they wound up in the laundry mat, but I think it’s pretty cool. Maybe you met there? Maybe you do your laundry there every Sunday? Wherever it is, find your place, and have your engagement photos taken there.
Carnivals = FUN! And what are you supposed to do on your engagement shoot? That’s right, have FUN!!
We fell in love on the merry-go-round…
Go ahead and style your shoot with a well-placed picnic or pretty decor. Perfect opportunity for some creative Save the Dates, beauties!!
You could reenact your favorite Hollywood moments…
Bring in important aspects of your relationship. This Marine and his Sweetheart chose to start their engagement session at Iwo Jima monument because of the importance of the military in their relationship.
Use the elements to your advantage. Like snowy sweetness…
…or rainy day romance.
One more thing before we go today, a very important part of any photo-taking opportunity is lighting. Any photographer will tell you that early morning light and afternoon sun really are the best. And don’t fret, if you wake up on the day of your shoot to clouds. That’s actually a good thing :) We just broached the tip of the iceberg today as far as engagement shoot locations are concerned. We’d love to hear some of your ideas (maybe where you had your engagement shoot photos too) in the comments too! xoxo