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About Engagement Photos | Charleston Wedding Photographer

You won’t regret having an engagement session.

Through the years I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t need engagement photos because they will have wedding photos. But don’t you want some pictures of you and your other that are more casual? Use them for your invitations and your wedding website, display them in your home, display them at your wedding, turn them into a guest book, there are so many ways you can use your engagement pictures. And besides, you’ll get to know your photographer and they’ll get to know you as a couple.

Couple on white bridge at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, SC during their engagement photography session

Embrace the ‘golden hour’

Taking your photos right after sunrise or right before sunset can make them so so magical. You know those dreamy images with the warm, golden light? Yeah, those. While you may have to wake up at the crack of dawn, how can you not try and grab that gorgeous light?

A married couple poses for portraits at Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC

Picking out something to wear is HARDer than it looks. Have a plan!

I know this first hand. Especially when you’re a picky dresser like I am. Pinterest is a great place to start. Find a few photos you love and try to draw inspiration from that couple’s style. And PLEASE don’t match like you’re taking a beach photo with your extended family.

engagement photography session at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC

It’s OK to choose a location ‘off the beaten path’.

Just pick something that makes the two of you happy 🙂

Palmetto Islands County Park proposal photography

Just do what you always do with your hands.

Put them in your pockets, to your side, wrap them around your girl or guy – whatever’s natural for your body will look natural on camera. We’ll adjust you if necessary!

Couple at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, SC during their engagement photography session

Your photos don’t have to be all lovey dovey.

If kisses, cuddles, and hand holding aren’t your speed, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to take a meaningful photo that displays your love for each other. Talk to your photographer and tell them what you want from your session. That’s our job folks!

Engaged couple at Riverfront Park in Charleston SC in golden early morning sun

Props are not necessary.

If there’s something that represents you as a couple and you couldn’t imagine not bringing it with you, then please do. Otherwise, it really isn’t necessary to have props in your photos. This is all about you.

Couple hugs during Charleston engagement session

The moral of this story is to just be yourselves and let your engagement session reflect who you are as a couple. There’s no one way to do engagement photos.

For more information about preparing for your photo shoot, click here!

cameron, owner of Photography By Cameron, wedding photographer in Charleston, SC



Hey there! I’m Cameron, a wedding photographer based in Charleston, SC. Here on the blog you can see my latest weddings and portrait sessions, read the sweetest wedding day stories, and get all of my best tips for the wedding day and beyond. Grab a coffee and enjoy!   

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