One of the biggest questions I’m asked by my couples is what they should bring to their engagement session. Engagement sessions are supposed to be a fun celebration of this special time of your life so I think bringing props to show off your personality is always a great idea! Today, let’s talk about some of my favorite props for couples to bring to their engagement session!
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Ring Box or Ring Dish
Ring boxes and dishes are a great way for me to show off your engagement ring! They make detail shots a bit more personalized, and can be helpful if we’re somewhere it might be hard to set your ring down, like a beach! There are some cute ones on Amazon here:
- Kate Aspen Heart-Shaped Ring Dish
- Gold Ceramic Ring Dish
- Hexagon Velvet Ring Box
- Engraved Wooden Ring Box
Blankets make for such cozy photos! Bring a blanket you love snuggling in or sitting on for your engagement portraits. Here are some options for you:
- Lightweight textured blanket (great for spring and summer sessions)
- Cable-knit throw blanket (perfect for fall or winter sessions)
Champagne and Champagne Glasses
We’re celebrating, after all! Bring two glasses and a bottle of your favorite champagne (or wine) to toast a happy engagement and marriage. When choosing champagne flutes, PLEASE do not bring meaningful flutes that were a gift from someone special. First of all, you’ll be carrying them around in a bag that we’ll have to put down during shooting time. It can easily tip over and the glasses can break (this has sadly happened to one of my couples before). You could also get startled during the champagne popping and accidentally hit the two glasses together and break them that way (this has also happened to one of my couples before). Here are some champagne glasses that are a good alternative to bringing ones that have special meaning to you:
Signs can be another simple and easy way to bring your personality to the session. Bring a sign with your wedding date, a love quote, or your new last name… whatever it is that makes you smile! Sign ideas below:
A seasonal bouquet is a fun way to add a pop of color in your engagement photos! I love it when my brides have something to hold. Choose a bouquet of your favorite flowers from a local NJ florist or that will match your outfits.
Hats are a SUPER easy prop to bring and use during your session. The big floppy hats are often the most fun but really any you love will do. Floppy hats are especially great for the beach!
Bikes can bring a really playful detail to your engagement photos, especially on the boardwalk or along the beach. Vintage bikes are always a great way to bring some style into the session and cruisers like this one are so cute!
I LOVE when my clients bring balloons! They’re such a fun pop of color and again, something easy to hold during your photos. You can bring some that are just round and colorful or ones that have your name, wedding date, or something else on them.
Engagement sessions with dogs are SO cute!! I love getting to meet my couples’ dogs. They’re always so sweet and love to play. Bring a leash, some treats, and even someone else to help during your portrait session and we’ll be good to go! Here are a couple of prop ideas for doggies:
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