While some people choose an epic destination for their engagement photos, other couples prefer taking their engagement photos at home–and we love it! The in-home trend is making its way through the photography community, and it’s easy to see why when couples are able to really shine in a familiar space. What’s better than cozying up in the place that you feel most comfortable with your significant other? If you’re considering laidback home engagement photos in the comfort of your own space, keep reading for our tips to make the most out of your shoot!
Tips For Home Engagement Photos
1. Get Comfortable
Since most couples don’t happen to be full-time models, jumping in front of the camera can be nerve-wracking. One of the biggest advantages of shooting your engagement photos is that your home is familiar to you. So even if you choose to shoot in multiple locations, starting your session at home can help put you at ease and make the rest of your photos feel more natural.
2. Find the Light
Take advantage of light–we can’t stress this enough. If your bedroom has a great big window, start in there. If it doesn’t, don’t be afraid to set up in an unusual room in the house if it has better light. Although you’re not shooting outdoors, early in the morning or sunset still may prove to bring the most natural light for your photos. Your photographer will be able to help guide you through this process.
3. Set the Scene
When deciding where in your home the engagement photos should take place, choose an area that is well-decorated, but not distracting. Whether this is your bedroom, your living room, your kitchen, your options are endless. And while this may seem obvious, don’t be afraid to tidy up or rearrange a few things and remove some clutter beforehand–especially if it’s a room that you want to photograph in.
4. Utilize the Space
Once you’ve chosen the perfect backdrop in your home, it’s time to get moving. Changing up positions and playing in your space not only makes for more interesting photos than sitting still, but it can also evoke different emotions. We’ve seen some seriously sensual photos taken in the kitchen during a baking session. You never know what kind of photos you’ll get until you try!
5. Trust Your Photographer
If you feel like baring it all (or at least a lot), it’s extremely important that you trust your photographer. They’re here to capture you authentically and tastefully–even if you’re just rocking your undies. Focus deep on your partner and think about the love that you two share. And remember, this probably isn’t your photographer’s first rodeo. They want you to feel as comfortable as possible.
6. Be Yourself
Your engagement photos are going to be the most genuine when you’re doing what you do best–being you. In your home, you don’t have to impress anyone, so get silly, get comfortable, get sensual, etc. Do what feels most natural to you, no matter what that is.