Katherine Ashdown Photography offers tips for couples on how to shoot an engagement photo.


On Wednesdays, Bridal Musings is all about planning a wedding.

Each week, talented wedding industry professionals will stop by to share their best tips on everything from choosing a wedding dress to ‘the budget.’

Katherine Ashdown of Katherine Ashdown Photography will be presenting her best tips for getting the most out of your wedding photography.

Katherine’s beautiful, bright, and timeless style of photography is something I adore. It’s a real treat to be able to share these gorgeous pictures with her helpful tips!

Expert Engagement Shooting Tips

Engagement photos have been around for several years and are important in many ways as you prepare for your wedding.

You can get some beautiful images of yourself as a couple before becoming Mr. & Mrs. They allow you to capture some amazing moments of you two saying goodbye to an important stage in your relationship.

How can you make this experience fun, memorable, and personal for your couple? Here are some of my top tips.


Consider your location. It is nice to choose a place that has meaning to you both as a couple, but it also offers a variety of backgrounds to give the photos a more interesting and varied feel. Think about a location that is unique to you.

Consider the season when planning your photo shoot. If it is in autumn, why not make the most of the red and orange trees? In winter, could you shoot in the snow? In spring, what about the daffodils or the rapeseed fields, or in summer, on the beach or lavender fields?

The streets and villages of towns and villages can make for some interesting backgrounds. Antique shops and eclectic stores, colorful doorways, and old brickwork are all great. This is a good place to take some intimate photos if you have a beautiful home or are renting a bridal suite. The beach is always a great place to take pictures, especially if it has a variety of things like old groins or colorful beach huts.

It would be best if you also thought about the history of your relationship. If you meet at Starbucks, start the shoot over a coffee there!


Activities enhance engagement shoots. They give you a chance to be creative and have fun while adding a personal touch.

If you are interested in a trip to the antique market or a picnic, why not hire a tandem bicycle?

Strawberry picking looks adorable in photos. Fruit fields are also a beautiful backdrop. Picnics in the woods and on the beach make for romantic images. Ice creams have a very English feel to them, and any shared experience creates a romantic image.

Hobbies & Pets

You can make your photo shoot more personal by incorporating hobbies. Zumba and squash are not the best ideas, but a couple in cute golf attire on a course or a boating trip (think vintage bicycles with baskets) can be incredibly creative.

We could also include your pet in the trip. They are part of your family. Bring your dog with you to make the experience even more fun!

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