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How Do I Get the Best Engagement Photos?

“Do you have any tips for us?” “How can we get the best photos?” “I’m super awkward in pictures, how can I get my engagement photos looking nice?” These are some of the questions I receive time and time again from brides to be. In my last article, I covered how to get the best wedding photos, so because you have been asking me for engagement photography advice, here are a few tips I think you might find helpful:


Couples do things differently, so it depends if you plan on using your engagement photos for your engagement announcement or on save the dates. Some couples don’t have their engagement photos done until a few months before the wedding and thats ok too. If your engagement photos are scheduled 2 months before your wedding day, feel free to try out your wedding day hair and makeup for the shoot to see how they photograph. That way you can still make some changes if need be before the big day!

As for time, I always book my engagement sessions 2-3 hours before sunset. This allows for that beautiful golden lighting for your photos that make them look so romantic!


I always leave location up to my clients. Is there a special location you have in mind that’s significant to you? I always suggest locations that are significant to you as they personalize your photos. The place where you and your future hubby met, a cafe you had your first date, a location where you spend lots of time or where he proposed for example. It’s not absolutely necessary but it can add a nice touch.


Comfort is key here! I always suggest to my clients to wear something they are comfortable with for their engagement photos. Try to avoid heels if you would like to go to more than one location, or bring flats as a back up.

Try to avoid loud patterns and neon colours; when coordinating outfits try to compliment each other without being super matchey. Ladies as for jewelry try to keep it simple with a simple necklace or bracelet (or just one statement piece) and don’t forget your engagement ring!


I always tell my clients not to overthink the session. It’s ok to be awkward at first, it’s my job to get you comfortable. I never yell commands at you on how to pose, but rather guide you on how to pose for the best and most natural looking photos. I keep sessions casual and comfortable by making jokes and conversation so there’s no pressure. It’s ok to get close to each other, share kisses and laugh out loud. Those are some of my favourites! Engagement photos also can be thought of as a trial run before your couple portraits on your wedding day. You can use it to test out what you like, what you don’t like so when it’s time for the real deal you’re ready to go!


 Feel free to include furry friends! I absolutely love the idea of including dogs in an engagement session.

Want to book an engagement session with me? Feel free to get in touch!

Happy Friday loves! xoToronto Waterfront Engagement, Toronto Engagement Photography, RC Harris Engagement Photography

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