10 Reasons Why You Should Have Engagement Photos Taken

A couple hold hands against the gatehouse in Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, NS.

Todays blog post is on 10 Reasons why you should have your engagement photos taken. They are one of the most important aspects of your wedding planning experience. An engagement shoot can help ease your nerves about being in front of the camera. You can also use your engagement photos for save the dates, invitations and even in the decor for your wedding day.

If the reasons above aren’t enough to convince you that having your engagement photos taken is the best idea ever, here are 10 more reasons you should consider having an engagement shoot.

Get To Know Your Wedding Photographer

Cute couple in love pose for their engagement photos in downtown Halifax on the waterfront.

Having an engagement shoot helps you, as a couple, get to know your wedding photographer. You will learn their shooting cues and style. Being better prepared for your wedding photos on the big day will take away any stress in that area. You will know what to expect from your wedding photographer. Your photographer will also get to know your quirks as a couple. They will learn the best angles for posing both of you perfectly on your wedding day. It really helps to build a solid and trusting relationship with everyone involved.

Gain Confidence Infront of the Camera

Your engagement session will help both of you gain confidence in front of the camera. Which means when your wedding day arrives you’ll be less stressed and you will know exactly what to expect. You will also know just how amazing the two of you will look in your photos!

Hair and Makeup Trials

Book your engagement shoot on the same day as your hair and makeup trial. By doing this, you will be able to see how both will look in your wedding day images! This way you can see if you love the look your hair or makeup artists create in photos!

A couple pose for a covid engagement shoot at the Historic Properties in Halifax NS.

Share Your Love Story With Everyone

Your love story doesn’t begin on your wedding day. It begins much earlier then that and doing engagement photos together is a chance to share that story. Getting engaged is a milestone in both of your lives…it should be celebrated just as much as the big day. (I am all about your love story. I love to create blog posts of all my engagement shoots and showcase that love story.) 

Reconnect With Each Other

A cute couple embracing for their engagement photos at Peggys Cove in Nova Scotia.

Reconnect with your fiancé during the craziness of wedding planning. Choose a location that is unique to both of you for your engagement shoot, a location that means something to both of you. Express yourselves together in a fun and unique bonding experience and make it more of a date day instead of just about photos only. Engagement photo session, check…dinner afterwards, check check, then add a movie!

Share Your Engagement Photos

An LGBT lesbian couple stare at each other during engagement photos at the Musquodoboit Train Museum in Nova Scotia.

You can share your engagement shoot with friends/family social media-facebook, instagram etc. Don’t forget to tag your photographer too! They rely on photo tags and word of mouth referrals more then you know so every little tag helps. As a wedding photographer, nothing makes me happier then seeing the images I create shared by my couples amongst their family and friends. It’s an even bigger honor to see my couples change their avatars to any image I create for them.


One of my favorite ways that I’ve seen couples use their engagement photos is by creating a guestbook from their engagement photos! This is a fun unique way to capture the well wishes from your guests next to images from your engagement session. This is an amazing keepsake to put on your shelf and pull out whenever you want!

Save The Date Cards & Wedding Invites

A couple in love on the dartmouth waterfront posing for engagement photos in Nova Scotia.

Another great way to use your engagement photos is to create save the date cards and your wedding invites! Using your engagement photos for your invites is a fun way to change up the typical invitation look. And another fun idea is save the date magnets so they can put it right on their fridge as a great reminder!

Create a Wedding Website

Create a wedding website using your engagement photos to keep your family, friends and guests apprised of what is happening along your wedding planning journey! This is a fun way to share your love story along side with the links to your wedding registries and everything else you have going on leading up to your big day.

Wedding Decorations

photo style wedding guest book which guests can sign displayed at a wedding at Best Western Chocolate Lake in Halifax

And finally bring your engagement photos into your wedding day decor! Use them in frames around the guest tables, at the gift and guest book table, put them on programs for the ceremony, there are so many fun ways to incorporate them into your big day!

A future bride and groom hold hands during their engagement photos at Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, NS.

With all of these amazing reasons for having your engagement photos taken I hope I’ve convinced you to not pass this milestone by. When you book a full day coverage wedding photography package for your wedding day, I offer my couples a complimentary engagement shoot!

Additional Links

1. Check out some of my favorite wedding advise blog posts…
Planning A Nova Scotia Wedding-a 12 months timeline
Elopement, Intimate Wedding, or Full Party Wedding Planning During Covid

Planning a Winter Wedding
NS Wedding Venues Plus Tips For Choosing the Perfect Venue

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