Engagement photo props to embrace and avoid

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If you’ve just gotten engaged, then congratulations! It’s time to start planning, announcing, and getting things prepared for your wedding journey. One of the most fun initial steps of getting engaged is choosing a photographer and getting your engagement photos taken. However, there’s so many possibilities with what to do or props to add for your engagement photos — how do you choose just one? To make your engagement photos unique to your own relationship, follow this advice for how to choose your engagement photo props to embrace and avoid!

Embrace:

Anything that actually showcases your personality and relationship! Think of it this way: kitschy or trendy engagement photos are probably going to look dated in 20 years. I personally would rather look back on engagement photos and think that the photos were a snapshot of a relationship at the time, rather than a posed session with a ton of items that didn’t really have any meaning to either person. My favorite engagement photos have been sessions of the couple at their favorite coffee shop with their regular orders, a photographed reading date with their favorite books, or just pics of the couple being themselves.

taylor lord classy photo

Taylor Lord Photography

Think of it this way — what you would do together on a Saturday afternoon together? Take that Saturday afternoon,  jazz it up a bit, and then bring in the photographer. That’s the personality of your relationship at the moment, and in the end, that’s the most meaningful thing to capture.

Avoid:

1. Balloons: When have you ever walked down the sidewalk together holding hands and bunches of balloons? Probably never.

balloon photo

Simply Bloom Photogrpahy

2. Scrabble tiles: Unless you’re board game fanatics, skip the scrabble tiles — they’ve been used to death.

scrabble

Steph Bidel Spach Photography

3. Seriously themed engagement session: Are you going to want to share your Twilight-themed engagement photos with your friends and family when you’re older? If the answer is no, then skip a seriously themed engagement shoot and opt for something more timeless.

star wars

Michael James Photography

4. Signs that say “I said yes!” Or “I stole her heart, so she’s stealing my last name”: Again, another cute engagement idea that’s been used and re-used to the point of cliche

i said yes photo

Hilary Briscoe

5. Umbrellas (unless it’s raining): Why would you take a picture with an umbrella when it’s not raining?

umbrella engagement photo

Josh Salley Photography 

Do you agree with our rules for engagement photo props — or have you used one of these props and loved it in your own engagement photos?

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READER COMMENTS (4)

  1. Jenn on | Reply

    Yes, yes, yes, yes! Totally agreed!

  2. Julie on | Reply

    Please try to avoid the photo of the couple making out. Just a simple, classic photo that will still look good in 20 or 30 years.

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