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by Kelly Curtis

One of the first steps you take when planning your wedding is taking engagement pictures. These are used for so many different things throughout the wedding process. They are fun to take and a great starting off point for the wedding. When planning your engagement pictures, you want them to show off your personality and style, especially since they are used for save the dates, bridal showers and displayed throughout your wedding reception. So, Wedding and Party Network are bringing you some themes and tips for your engagement pictures.

Choosing The Right Wedding Photographer

Every wedding or engagement photographer has their own signature style. Not everyone takes pictures the exact same way, so it's important to take a look at their previous clients to see if that's what you are wanting for your photos. You also want to be comfortable with your engagement photographer since you are going to be working with them closely for a few hours and even your wedding. Someone who will listen, gives good directions and will offer great ideas and tips. Research is key when searching for an engagement photographer.

Pick Out A Few Photo Themes

Once you have chosen your engagement photographer, decide where, when and themes that you want for your photos. Either choose outdoor, indoor locations or a special place this is meaningful to you. There are so many unique places to choose from, so find out that fits you. Also, choose a season. Fall, winter, spring or summer offer different pros and cons. Pick the season that is best suited for your time frame and style.  Also, find fun themes that incorporate your love of something into your photos. This definitely shows off your fun personality. Here are some examples:

  • Movie Inspired
  • Classic/Vintage
  • Adventure Inspired
  • Super Heroes

What To Wear

Here comes to important part for the bride. What do you wear? You don't want to regret your outfit later. Make sure and pick outfits that you won't regret wearing later on. Keep it classic, yet to your style. Also, keep in mind neutral colors. You should do an engagement portrait that is fun and also do one that is classic that will never go out of style.

How To Pose

Along with any type of picture are poses. Not everyone is a natural at posing or knows how to do so. The best way to figure out what you want to do is to research and trust in your engagement photographer.

Search different wedding blogs or check out your friend's engagement pictures to see what you like and what you don't like. Also, rely on your photographer for great suggestions. They know what angles look good.

Don't Forget The Props

Engagement photos are all about bringing out your personality. So, make sure you bring props with you to achieve that. If you're going with a themed engagement shoot, don't forget the props that go with it.

A vintage inspired engagement shoot isn't complete without vintage inspired luggage or a lace umbrella and a movie inspired photo shoot isn't complete without popcorn.

Engagement portraits are the time to show off your personality and have fun. You'll use these for for everything and cherish them for a lifetime.

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