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The 3 Most Common Engagement Photo Mistakes

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You only take engagement photos once in your life! To ensure you don't make the three most common engagement photo mistakes, we're sharing our tips with you below. Need more tips for planning your engagement photos? Be sure to check out our Complete Engagement Photo Guide for Brides

The 3 Most Common Engagement Photo Mistakes | Eternal Ivory

1. Choosing the wrong outfit

What you decide to wear for your engagement session can truly make or break your photos. That's why it's important to choose something that's timeless, feminine, neutral and that you feel beautiful in. Keep reading for four things to avoid when choosing your outfit:

Engagement Photo Outfit Tips | What to Wear for Engagement Photos | Eternal Ivory

  • Bright colors: Instead opt for classic, neutral colors like creams, whites, blushes, and navy. If you're taking more formal photos, then a black dress is an acceptable color choice.
  • Busy patterns: Not all patterns are bad. Soft, feminine, florals for example are a pretty option. Avoid large floral prints, stripes, or busy patterns such as non-identifiable shapes or animal prints.
  • Pants: Do you plan to wear pants on your wedding day? So why would you wear them for your engagement photos? You want to look feminine and like the beautiful bride-to-be that you are so opt for a dress or skirt. If you have the option to wear two looks for your session and are just dying to do a more casual outfit, then pants are okay, but make sure they fit you perfectly - not too tight or too long.
  • Dresses or skirts that are too short: Your photographer may have you and your fiancé sitting for some poses and dancing through others. The last thing you want is a dress that's too short, eliminating these poses as an option.

2. Forgetting to get your nails done (or painting them the wrong color)

During your engagement session, your photographer will be snapping some photos of your new bling. From the classic hand on his chest to the hand-in-hand shot, there will most definitely be some closeups of your ring finger, and thus, your nails. Make sure they're photo ready with a manicure before your session.

When choosing your color, keep it neutral (similar to our outfit advice ;). Creams, blush, or even clear will ensure that the focus remains on your ring.

Engagement Photo Nail Polish Colors | Engagement Photo Tips | Eternal Ivory

3. Including a tacky prop (aka a sign) of any kind

Not all props are tacky but the one prop that never, ever looks classy in engagement photos are signs. Whether it's a date sign, quote sign, sign that your dog wears, don't include it! Keep the focus on you and your fiancé and if there's any message you need to communicate with your photo, you can add it in on your save the date or when you print it and put in a photo album.

Engagement Photo Props | Engagement Photo Tips | Eternal Ivory

Want to know what props are appropriate? Check out our Complete Engagement Photo Guide for Brides where we dedicate an entire page to the best engagement photo props! 

And there you have it, the three most common engagement photo mistakes! Follow our advice and you're sure to have a picture perfect session!