Engagement Photo Shoot Tips for Nervous Brides

Remember earlier this month when I shared my biggest bridal fear with you all? Engagement photos. I was so scared that I would look ridiculous, huge, disproportionate or just un-in-love. Well, we took our photos this weekend, and our photographer Brittany Esther has given us “just one” as a sneak peek.

Amanda and Jacinda / Image via Brittany Esther Photography

Needless to say, my fears were clearly ludicrous. I think we look awesome (and Brittany’s stellar photography really helps). Since I was so nervous and obsessively worrying the week before the shoot, I thought I’d pass on some engagement photo shoot tips for other nervous brides like myself.

Miss Eagle’s Engagement Photo Tips

1) Spend the time on your hair and makeup! You’ll feel more confident and carry yourself in a different way. If you think that you look good, your confidence level will show through the photos.

2) Wear comfortable shoes! I wore flats that matched my cardigan, but I brought a pair of black leather slingbacks, because I wanted to wear cute shoes. Those slingbacks were carried around all afternoon before we finally threw them in the car. Having comfortable shoes is a big factor in whether you will actually be comfortable during the photos.

3) Do what your photographer tells you! No, seriously. In the photo above, our photographers instructions were “Now, go forehead to forehead, nose to nose, and close your eyes!” I couldn’t help but think that this was such an unnatural pose… but the photo looks amazing! Trust your photographer. They (hopefully!) know what they’re doing.

4) Eat something! You need to make sure you’re well fueled for the shoot, and don’t have a rumbling stomach or low blood sugar headache. Eat something about an hour before the shoot, and bring a bottle of water along.

5) Have fun with your fiance(e)! Seriously. Look at your partner and let the love shine through. Laugh together. Run your fingers through their hair. Have a good time and your photos will undoubtedly look amazing.

Were you nervous for your engagement photo shoot, too? How did you deal with the nerves? How did you deal with the “wait” between the shoot and getting the photos (we’re SO excited to get them!)?


Mrs. Eagle

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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August 2012
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  1. mssnapdragon Member
    mssnapdragon 267 posts, Helper bee @ 4:41 pm

    BEAUTIFUL photo – I love it

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    LibraryBride2013 212 posts, Helper bee @ 4:42 pm

    What a gorgeous shot! I can’t wait to see the rest! Thanks for the tips, I am super worried about our e-session… :)

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    mtnhoney 1311 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:44 pm

    Beautiful photo!!! love it.
    and good advice too.
    safe journeys to Africa!

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    sn2bmrsmntgmry 1118 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:44 pm

    Amazing shot! Glad you are happy with it!

  5. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:58 pm

    @Mrs. Snapdragon: Thank you!!

    @LibraryBride2013: You’ll be just fine! I was soo nervous, too.

    @mtnhoney: Thank you so much! I leave in like 9 days.

    @sn2bmrsmntgmry: Thanks :) I can’t wait to see the rest.

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    archer 551 posts, Busy bee @ 5:08 pm

    i handled pre-shoot nerves the way i do most nerves- with a drink. hey, it works for me! :)

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    unicycle 476 posts, Helper bee @ 5:09 pm

    I agree with all of your tips!! I have SCARS on my ankles from our engagement shoot, and that was in July. I also almost died of thirst during the shoot.

    You guys look so pretty :)

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    mkim 611 posts, Busy bee @ 5:10 pm

    Thank you for the advice. We have our engagement shoot on Thursday (eeks just one more day) and I have been nervous for weeks. I hate the way I look in photos and we have just waited until tonight to decide on what to wear.

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    Cupcake2012 909 posts, Busy bee @ 5:15 pm

    OMG that is a beautiful picture!!!!!! Absolutely cannot wait for more!

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:38 pm

    I love that picture, it’s breathtaking. I hope the rest of them are ready soon.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 5:45 pm

    I loooove this photo! Your tips are wonderful, too — I wish I had let loose a bit more but I was super nervous and robotic.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:54 pm

    I love this photo, can’t wait to see the rest :)

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    scone 184 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:57 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this photo! Agree with the tips… our photographer told us a good engagement session will make you want to go home and get a little mmmm intimate… I have no clues to help you with the wait, I had antsies in my pantsies

  14. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:05 pm

    @Miss Archer: Haha I remember you giving me this tip before :). I love it!

    @Miss Unicycle: I was so thirsty too!

  15. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:06 pm

    @mkim: You’ll look great! Good luck on the photos :)

  16. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:07 pm

    @Cupcake2012: I can’t wait either but I have a feeling I’m going to have to wait until I
    am back from Africa!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:08 pm

    @Coffee cup: Meeee too!!!

    @Miss Dragon: Yours were awesome, not robotic at all.

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    Mrs_Darling 1372 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:09 pm

    You guys–you make my little gay heart go aflutter. 😀 I can’t wait to see the rest!

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    Kylemarie8584 101 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:42 pm

    You guys are absolutely adorable!!!! I’m so nervous about our e-pics. They’re 2 1/2 weeks out and I’m already stressing about what to wear to make myself not look like a house.

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    Dandelion D 1607 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:53 pm

    That picture is fantastic! I can’t wait to see more!

    Our engagement photos are this weekend and I am petrified. Thanks for the tips!

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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:26 pm

    How wonderful – I am seriously excited to see more. I know you were so nervous and Love Love Love that you see how fantastic your e-pics are. Yea!

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    ballinbridetobe 13 posts, Newbee @ 7:33 pm

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!

  23. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:30 pm

    @Mrs. Pony: Meee too! Thanks :)

    @Miss Scone: I have a feeling I’ll be so anxious in Africa to see them.

  24. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:31 pm

    @Carnival_Bride: AW! Thank you so much sweetie. I can’t wait to see yours too!!

    @Kylemarie8584: I wore a black dress. I’m sure you’re going to look just fine!

    @Dandelion D: Don’t worry you’ll look awesome!!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:33 pm

    @Miss Ke Aloha: I can’t wait to see the rest. This was literally 30 seconds of a 2 hour shoot so I know there’ll be tons more creative ones.

    @ballinbridetobe: Thank you SO MUCH!! Ps love your user name, I love rap music and “ballin” lol.

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    AmandainHawaii, Guest @ 9:10 pm

    Great shot !

  27. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:57 pm

    @AmandainHawaii: Thank you! :)

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    Miss Rosie 59 posts, Worker bee @ 10:17 pm

    That is breathtakingly beautiful

  29. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:21 pm

    @Miss Rosie: Thank you so much!! I really love it too.

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    mrs.PHAN-tastic 129 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:28 pm


  31. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:34 pm

    @mrs.PHAN-tastic: Thank you so much! Honestly it’s the photographer. She is amazing.

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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:54 pm

    @Miss Eagle
    It a beautiful 30 seconds.

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    coyote 1963 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:58 am

    Loooooove this photo!! And great tips! We were nervous before our shoot (we always look redic in photos), but we had a great time and the pictures came out great!

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    totheislnds 7804 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:15 am

    AHHH i can’t wait to see more Eagle!

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    RoyalLime 4296 posts, Honey bee @ 5:34 am

    Can’t wait to see more!!! I love it!!

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    couawilou 7598 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:36 am

    That’s a beautiful picture! We did ours 2 weeks ago and I was a nervous wreck lol but apparently they turned out great and we’re going to pick them up next week! Eekkk can’t wait.

  37. hawk Member
    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:13 am

    Beautiful photo and great advice!

  38. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:15 am

    @Miss Ke Aloha: aw, thank you so much! I can’t wait to see the rest :)

    @Miss Coyote: We always do too, so I’m surprised this one actually turned out! lol.

    @totheislnds: I can’t wait to SHARE more!!

    @lindsey_k_16: Thank you!

    @couawilou: Post em to the boards!! I can’t wait to see them!

    @Miss Hawk: Thanks :)

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    Missido 813 posts, Busy bee @ 8:49 am

    Oh that is such a tease! I can’t wait to see the pictures. I’m sure they turned out lovely judging by that photo.

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    KristenK 189 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:53 am

    I am thinking about having a drink or two before our engagment pics! I get awfully nervous and a good drink will settle me down! Your picture is gorgeous by the way!!!

  41. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:00 am

    @Missido: Thank you so much! I really hope the others are just as nice (but I’m pretty sure they will be).

    @KristenK: FI Eagle was joking that she should have… and I think she should have! Except she drove. Lol.

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    Miss_Manda 301 posts, Helper bee @ 9:29 am

    Gorgeous photo! Thanks for the tips… I’m nervous about looking good in photos, too!

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    Allison, Guest @ 4:01 am

    This is such a cool photo! I love it!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:42 am

    Such a beautiful photo.. I’m happy to hear that it went well and your nerves were settled!

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    alicia1027 39 posts, Newbee @ 12:55 pm

    Those are great and I’ve got more great tips from my engagement photographer. http://www.gemasana.com/vogue

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    Sara C., Guest @ 1:00 pm

    I would also add “don’t think about looking stupid” during the photo shoot. We had two shoots and I definitely felt more comfortable in the second one – mainly because I had done it before and was no longer thinking about how “silly” I would look!

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    Future.McGuffee 293 posts, Helper bee @ 7:01 pm

    SO CUTE! And thanks for the advice… I’m not so nervous about this, but my fiance is; he’s rather shy while I’m exceptionally outgoing.

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