Engagement Photos: At the Beach!

After looking at some of my friends’ engagement photos, I realized that we could all use a little help on engagement photos — what to wear, what we be aware of — when planning them. With that in mind, I’m hoping to do a little mini-series on engagement photos in different locations. First up — the beach!

Photo from The Wedding Lens

Photo from The Wedding Lens

Engagement photos at the beach is a great idea if you live near the beach or if the beach is significant to you & your significant other. The natural scenery allows you to be playful with your clothes or props — or do nothing at all and just enjoy the beauty behind you!

What should I wear?

First of all, make sure that you & your fiance(e) match. Obviously this means different things to different people. I just saw some great photos of a couple where the woman was wearing a floral dress and the man was wearing stripes. In my head, that sounded awful, but it really looked great. So that’s the lesson — try on the clothes together before you take the photos. You’ll be gravely disappointed if the proofs come back and you think “Oh goodness, we should have double checked that first.”

Second, at the beach, it’s fun to wear something other than blue so that you stand out a little bit. So, for example, one person can wear a white and the other can wear orange. (yes, I know orange isn’t for everyone!) Or blue and orange works too.

Third, consider changing clothes part-way through. This way, if something doesn’t work, you haven’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Fourth, BE COMFORTABLE! The last thing you want during this photo session is to feel awkward in what you’re wearing.

What should we do at the beach?

Well, there’s the beach – the sand, the water. You can do some shots walking barefoot.

Sometimes there are vendors nearby. They can provide a creative background and something different.

Think about using those plants and animals that are there! That seagull? What about a shot of him (or her, yes) looking at you two! It can be really cute.

What should the photographer be aware of?

Lighting! Hopefully your photo session will be a sunny day — but that also causes shadows. Be aware of the shadows when you’re taking the photos. This also might mean doing the photos at a time other than high noon. In fact, consider doing the photos an hour or two before sunset.

Did you take engagement pictures on the beach? Tell us about it!

~ Natasha

Share your beach engagement pictures in an online photo album!

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