The flowers are blooming, spring is in the air, and you’ve taken the next step with the love of your life—you’re finally engaged. While you want to live in the moment, it’s important to capture these memories in a way that’s guaranteed to last.
The best way to do this? An engagement photoshoot.
In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know about planning the perfect spring photoshoot:
Plus, we’ll sprinkle some unique and creative photoshoot ideas throughout, so you can start to envision your authentic-looking engagement photos.
Now that you’re engaged, you’ll need some professional photos to accompany your announcement. Changing your relationship status on Facebook might get the point across, but your friends and family want to see pictures of the happy couple.
That’s where your engagement photoshoot comes into play. It’s important to secure all the little details before heading into your photoshoot. This includes:
The best part about making these decisions ahead of time is that it gives you the flexibility to relax, look your best, and have fun with it. Let’s go over these elements step by step and help you put together the perfect spring engagement photoshoot.
When it comes to wedding planning, style is everything. This means that even your engagement photos can tie into the overall look of your special day.
Engagement photo shoots can also be used as the background for save the dates, wedding programs, and even thank you cards. If you want a seamless look for all your ceremonial stationery, then you’ll want to nail down a style before your photoshoot.
Couples can find inspiration for their photos by checking out Zola’s wide selection of card designs. For a spring photoshoot, consider opting for one of these seasonal styles:
Boho: Spring is the perfect season for a boho-style photo shoot. Couples who opt for bohemian engagement photos can incorporate rustic props, amber lighting, and plenty of natural elements into their setup. This effortless photography style will pair nicely with earthy tones and delicate paper types, like linen.
Vintage: Take a vintage approach to your spring photoshoot by setting up a picnic in the park and donning your Sunday best. This is a great way to embody classic romance and utilize the pleasant spring weather. These sweet and wholesome vintage images will look great against rustic brown tones and glamorous gold foil for your wedding invitations.
Minimalist: Let your love speak for itself with a minimalist spring photoshoot. Simple attire paired with a monochromatic color scheme will work perfectly with chic, minimalist card designs—especially those with crisp lines and pearlescent paper options.
Floral: What’s a spring photoshoot without some flowers? Take a traditional approach to your spring engagement photos by incorporating floral and botanical elements into the overall look. This can be done through clothing, accessories, props, or even your backdrop as a whole. Tulip field? Rose garden? Greenhouse? The options are endless. Pair the blossoms in your photos with floral or botanical card templates for the ultimate spring style.
The Bottom Line: Spring engagement photos make a fabulous addition to any wedding-related stationery. By incorporating a unique style into the actual photoshoot, you’ll be able to match you save the dates, wedding programs, and thank you cards for a seamless spring look. Couples can use one of Zola’s pre-made templates for some easy style ideas.
Spring is rich with different hues, and the color palette you choose can make a big difference when it comes to a seasonal photoshoot. For a classic look that perfectly embodies the season, try incorporating some of these fresh tones into your spring engagement photos:
White: White may seem a little plain, but don’t let its simplicity fool you. Adding white details—like flowers or balloons—to your spring photoshoot is a great way to lighten up your shots and create an airy aesthetic. White clothing is also perfect for making hair and skin tones pop and provides a neutral palette for a colorful, floral backdrop.
Pastels: Pastels and spring go together like “I” and “do.” While many pastel elements can be found directly in nature—such as cherry blossoms or lilacs—don’t be afraid to get creative. Test out pastel details with your clothing or opt for a colorful prop, like a vintage bicycle, for a unique pop of pastel.
Bright Shades: Although pastels are popular for this season, not every spring photoshoot has to be muted. For the couple that wants their photos to shine as bright as their love, try warm, bright tones in your spring photoshoot. Wildflowers or tulips are easy backdrops that are rich with vibrant tones, such as reds, hot pinks, and yellows. Try incorporating your favorite bright shades into an accessory or prop—like a decorative umbrella—for just the right amount of color that isn’t too distracting.
The Bottom Line: Spring shades are anything but restrictive. Whether you want a bright color palette or something more delicate, this season is full of beautiful tones. Flowers, clothing, and props are some of the easiest ways to incorporate your favorite shades into a spring photo shoot.
The best part about a spring photoshoot? Endless options for settings. Unlike the colder months, spring allows for greater flexibility when it comes to outdoor backdrops. While summer engagement photos also feature warm weather, the heat and humidity can often get in the way of a great shot.
With mild temperatures, beautiful vegetation, and plenty of outdoor spaces available, there’s no better time for a photoshoot than spring. If you require some setting inspiration, give these backdrop ideas a try:
Flower Field: If you have flowers nearby, use them. Flowers are the easiest way to convey the look and feel of spring, and a field of flowers will make a great backdrop for any engagement photoshoot.
The Beach: With warmer weather on the horizon, spring is the perfect time for a beach photoshoot. The beach offers plenty of options for changes in scenery—from a cliffside shot to playing in the waves, you’ll never run out of creative ideas. If you plan on getting up close and personal with the sand and saltwater, make sure to wear an outfit you don’t mind getting dirty (and maybe a change of clothes for later).
A Park: A local park is another great option for a spring engagement photoshoot. While a small park may be more intimate and less crowded, a larger park can provide more options for backdrops. Try strolling along the pathways, laying in the grass, or posing on a stone bridge to mix it up.
Somewhere Personal: At the end of the day, your wedding is all about you. You may be inclined to take your engagement photos at a place that’s meaningful to your relationship. Ideas can include the location of your first date, first kiss, or even the spot where you got engaged—as long as these settings will work well as a backdrop.
The Bottom Line: Spring weather opens up more possibilities for outdoor photoshoots. Take advantage of this opportunity and choose a location with beautiful, natural backdrops. Whether you’re headed to a grassy park or a sandy beach, make sure you’re wearing the proper clothes to fit the setting, both in terms of blending in and preserving your favorite white pants.
Outfits are an essential part of any good photo, and couples planning a spring engagement shoot have tons of options when it comes to appropriate attire. If you’re not sure what you’ll be sporting when the camera comes out, consider some of these spring engagement photo outfit ideas:
Breathable Basics: Comfortable clothing is crucial to a proper photoshoot. Loose-fitting button-ups and blouses will give you a full range of motion for hugging, holding, and dancing with your fiance on camera. Flowy pants, dresses, and skirts will add an ethereal vibe that’s perfect for any flower field or woodland background.
Flowy Fabrics: In line with the comfortable theme, flowy fabrics are always a great idea in spring. The last thing you want is tight, rigid, or hot clothes that prevent you from posing naturally on camera. This is especially important for spring engagement photos since you’ll most likely be outside and moving around quite a bit. Opt for breathable, airy fabrics—like cotton, linen, or silk—for a relaxed yet elegant look.
Hats: Hats can make a great accessory for a spring photoshoot, but you’ll want to make sure you choose the right kind. Wide-brimmed sun hats are a stylish option that fits perfectly with a springtime theme.
Fun Prints: Now that the sun is out, your wardrobe can reflect the happiness and vibrancy of the weather. Floral, paisley, and polka-dots are some fun options that evoke the energetic feeling of spring. Steer clear of wintery patterns, like plaid, for a more cohesive look.
The Bottom Line: For the perfect spring photoshoot, you’ll want to wear something airy, breathable, and cheery. Opt for light colors, flowy shapes, and festive prints. Most importantly, choose wardrobe options that make you feel comfortable because that’s the only way you’ll look natural on camera.
Below are some common issues you may encounter when preparing for a spring photoshoot, plus ways to make the process easier on yourself, your partner, and your photographer.
For the best experience possible, keep these dos and don’ts in mind before you get ready for your close-up.
Book Your Photographer ASAP: For a proper engagement photoshoot, you’ll want to take your photos as soon as possible. However, your schedule depends heavily on the season you’re in. If your heart is set on a springtime shoot, that could mean waiting several months. Book ahead to secure a top-notch photographer during what’s often the busiest wedding season of the year. If you’re planning on using these photos for invitations or save the dates, you’ll want to book well in advance. This will give your photographer plenty of time to edit the prints for you to use.
Bring Multiple Outfits: You don’t have to haul an entire wardrobe to the photoshoot, but a quick change or two never hurt anybody. Not only will different outfits help diversify your shots, but they can also come in handy in the event of a dreaded stain or wardrobe malfunction.
Coordinate With Your Partner: While matching outfits may be a bit much, coordination can help bring your engagement photos together. Try to find clothes for you and your partner that pair nicely together. Complementary or similar colors lend themselves to a more seamless look. Pick out clothes that are equally formal (or casual), and make sure one person isn’t overshadowed by the other in terms of style.
Show Off Your Photos: If you’re paying for professional engagement photos, you’ll want to get the most out of the final product. In addition to using these photos on saving the dates and wedding programs, you can also add them to your very own wedding website. Fortunately, Zola makes it easy for couples to customize their free wedding websites.
Be Distracting: When it comes to engagement photos, avoid wearing anything too distracting. Logos, graphic T-shirts, and clashing colors and patterns are some common mistakes that fall under this category. Try to keep your attire subtle yet stylish so it adds to the photo, rather than distracting from you and your fiance.
Cover Your Face: While a nice sun hat can make a great addition to your spring attire, make sure it's angled in a way that doesn’t hide your face. The same goes for long hair, sunglasses, and even each other during certain poses. Avoid covering one another’s faces when posing, especially in hugging or kissing positions.
Forget Touch Ups: Touch-ups are particularly important when planning an outdoor photoshoot. From rogue winds to unexpected showers, you never know what’s in store on a spring day. If you’re wearing makeup, bring a compact for last-minute touch-ups. Keeping a comb, hair spray, and deodorant on hand never hurts, either. Pack a small bag with anything else you might need for last-minute fixes.
The Bottom Line: Planning is always a good idea for an engagement photoshoot. Put time into your outfit, talk to your partner and your photographer, and pack a bag with some cosmetic essentials. There’s no such thing as too much preparation when it comes to looking your best.
We’ve compiled a few handy tips and tricks to make sure your photos perfectly capture the love you feel for your fiance.
Couples can find hundreds of pre-screened wedding vendors through the Zola website. Our list of photographers stretches far and wide throughout the United States, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. When choosing a photographer, keep budget, time, and location in mind. You can also check out a photographer’s portfolio to get a better idea of their style and quality and find the perfect person for the job.
Body Language: The true key to successful engagement photos? Body language. Even couples who are truly in love can struggle to look natural on camera, but there are some tricks you can utilize to make striking a pose a little easier:
When posing next to one another, make sure both you and your partner have turned an equal distance toward one another.
Alternatively, go in the complete opposite direction to create contrast. One person can look straight toward the camera with the other turned inward for an intimate, yet visually interesting, pose.
Couples can adjust their posture by arching their backs slightly, rotating their bodies at a 45-degree angle, and putting most of their weight into their heels.
And don’t be afraid to take a few practice photos. This can take the pressure off and help you loosen up in front of the camera, plus you’ll be able to see what you like and don’t like for yourself.
Follow the Light: Natural lighting is always best for a soft, elegant photoshoot—and spring lighting is one of its greatest assets. Whether you’re planning an indoor or outdoor shoot, make sure to choose a setting with ample light. This will be easiest if you book your session at an optimal lighting time, such as:
Noon, when the sun is at its brightest.
Golden hour, which occurs right when the sun is setting and provides warm, shimmering light and playful shadows for a more dramatic look.
Dawn, for a moody spring shoot that blends beautifully with pastel hues and earthy tones.
Be Open to Cloudy Days: While sunlight is a wonderful asset, overcast skies aren’t necessarily your enemy either. If you wake up to a few clouds on the day of your shoot, don’t panic or reschedule. This type of lighting can be great for outdoor photography, and editing overcast photos might even be easier than sunnier shots. You’ll spare yourselves and the photographer from harsh shadows and squinty eyes.
The Bottom Line: The trick to taking good engagement photos is staying relaxed, getting playful, and hiring the right photographer. From there, you can start to experiment with poses and lighting to find what works for you. Ask your photographer for their opinions, and take a few practice photos to get started. Once you’re feeling confident and comfortable, the rest will come naturally.
The number one way to ensure your wedding planning goes smoothly? Using Zola, of course.
From finding the right engagement and wedding photographer to designing gorgeous, customizable paper products that feature your springtime session front and center, Zola is your one-stop-shop for all things wedding. You can add your stunning shots to your free wedding website, your save-the-date templates, and your thank you cards—without an ounce of design experience or editing expertise.
With Zola’s easy, affordable, and stylish features, you’ll have everything you need to show off your stunning engagement photos for the world to see. Take the guesswork out of wedding planning, and get everything you need in one place, with Zola.