Category Archives: Engagement Shoots

Summer Engagement Photo Session at the Beach

While we’re regularly focusing on wedding details and getting inspiration for linens and flowers and dresses, one of the hardest aspects of being engaged is brainstorming for engagement photos.

Engagement photos are so important and yet they’re some of the most intimate moments you’ll spend with your partner during your bridal experience. Without all the hoopla of the wedding day to distract you, it’s easy to feel vulnerable when it’s just you, your betrothed, and a camera which is hopefully handled by a skilled photographer you like and whose photographs you admire.

You’ll put a lot of thought into your engagement photos: the location, the wardrobe, the style. Your trusted photographer should be able to guide you, but looking at other couples’ images may help spark some good vibes for your sesh.

I love Nicole and Pete’s portfolio of pics by New York’s Origin Photos. It’s a perfect mix of playful and romantic, of close-ups and far-aways; of casual and more buttoned up. I like that the couple had just two outfit changes (more than three tends to dilute your options for later use) and sparkled in both posed shots and more lifestyle-like shots. It’s quite clear that these two are deeply in love because it bounces off the lens!

If you’re at all on the fence about doing an engagement photo session — DO IT. It’s a great way to spend some quality time with your photographer, learn about how you like to be photographed or get comfortable being photographed, practice all the on-camera kissing you’ll be doing on the big day, and have a deck of photos to be able to share or incorporate in wedding-related… propaganda! (guestbooks, save the dates, thank you notes, and more).

Smile!

New York Engagement Photos

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Engagement Session on the Santa Monica Pier

I’m so excited to share Vicky and Chad’s engagement session on The Wedding Yentas today! They are an adorable couple who look like a lot of fun. They’re also a JDate success story and soon-to-be married, so it’s even more of a privilege to showcase their engagement session because, as most of you know, JDate couples hold a special place in my heart since Mr. Yenta and I are JDate alumni.

Chad and Vicky have been featured on JDate’s collection of Success Stories and here’s an excerpt from their feature:

Vicky and Chad were never in any hurry to get married, and decided very early on to make a “10-year plan.” It grew into a joke with the two saying, “Only 6 years left in the 10-year plan!” But it allowed them to grow and mature at their own pace. During the first five years of their relationship, Vicky and Chad bought a home and adopted a perfect five-pound puppy who has since become the princess of their household.

To celebrate their five-year anniversary, Chad set up a weekend trip to Monterey, CA where they biked the famous 17-Mile Drive and explored the Monterey Aquarium. Before dinner one night, Chad got down on one knee and asked Vicky to marry him. Chad was really nervous, but he shouldn’t have been. It was an easy answer for Vicky: “Yes!”

This cute couple went to the Santa Monica Pier for their engagement photos which was colorful and vibrant in front of Love Janet Photography‘s camera!

Santa Monica Pier Engagement Shoot

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Photographer: Love Janet Photography
Editorial Partner: Two Bright Lights

Massachusetts Engagement Shoot… On A Boat!

Mon Petit Studio captured a wonderful afternoon with Ann & Mike on their sailboat in Weymouth, Massachusetts! The crisp blue skies and perfect ocean breeze made for the most gorgeous day! Their sweet pup, Ayla, was also soaking in the rays and being quite a ham for the cameras! Ann & Mike are tying the knot later this year and we’re sure the wedding will be (wait for it…) SMOOTH SAILING!

Massachusetts Engagement Session

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Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Beachy Engagement Session

If you are near a beach, see if you can swing a surf side engagement session! They are just so romantic! Today, Luna Bella Photography brings us this couple who definitely finds it easy to showcase their love. For them, life’s a beach!

Beach Engagement Shoots

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Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Romantic Chicago Engagement Session

From the photographer:
Jessica and Dimitry only booked their photography just a few months before their wedding. Let’s back up a bit, they technically got married on 10/11/12, but now they wanted to do a more formal wedding with friends and family. They wanted to do their wedding in the off season, so mid March was the date set for their wedding which left us having to capture their engagement session in January! Because it’s cold outside, we headed indoors to the Chicago Cultural Center which boasts a 38 foot glass Tiffany Dome. The great thing about the Chicago Cultural Center is that you don’t need any special permission to do a non-commercial photo session and you’re welcome to photograph just about anywhere as long as you’re not interfering with any events that are taking place. Fortunately we arrived a few hours before a wedding was to be set up there. After a few indoor shots, Jessica and Dimitry braved a bit of the cold Chicago winter air and we captured a few outdoor images at Millenium Park.

Chicago Engagement Session

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Photographer:  Michael Novo Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights