6 Reasons You Should Totally Do Lifestyle Engagement Photos

6 Reasons You Should Totally Do Lifestyle Engagement Photos

First, I want to congratulate you on your engagement! Being engaged is so fun and wedding planning is such an incredible journey. When you first get engaged, one of the first things you should consider is scheduling an engagement photoshoot. (You can always get in touch to pencil yours in today!) I always love when my couples opt for lifestyle engagement photos, which showcase the couple’s personalities and have a sort of intimacy that is honest and beautiful.

When it comes to lifestyle engagement photos, they make for such special memories since they can be exactly what you want them to be. On the fence? Keep reading to see the six reasons why I wholeheartedly believe you should do lifestyle engagement photos!

6 reasons you should do lifestyle engagement photos:

  • It shows your story

Lifestyle engagement photos are a great way to give your friends and family a glimpse into you and your partner’s story. In your home, you’ll show them bits of what the two of you normally do together at home, what those hard days of watching HGTV and scoping Pinterest out have done for your decor, or what an evening in cooking dinner together looks like! These photos are definitely not the formal and posed kind, so use this photo session to show people your love story. 

  • It shows off your uniqueness

Everyone is unique in their own way, and you can showcase your inner unicorn in your lifestyle engagement photos. Whether you and your partner have a shared hobby that you both like, or you have a certain décor style that isn’t your typical rustic farmhouse. Show off what makes you both unique and unique as a couple! 

  • Professional photos in an intimate atmosphere!

Not everyone is completely jazzed about heading out into the wild (and public) unknown to have engagement photos taken! Lifestyle engagement photos are the perfect way to have professional quality photos taken of you and your partner without the stress of learning something new in the public eye. You won’t have to pass on the engagement session just because you aren’t comfortable in front of a crowd! Take this special moment in your life to capture all those professional shots you’ve been wanting for years within the comfort of a place that is known to you. And, after your session, you’ll be well versed in how to pose for photos on your wedding day!

  • Keeping it candid

If you are looking for gorgeous photos that showcase your love in a completely candid way? Lifestyle engagement photos are the way to go! By utilizing spaces in your home we can capture images that show your relationship in the intimate day-to-day way. We’ll take photos of you cooking together, dancing in the living room, cuddling on the couch with your furry friends, or evening having pillow fights on your bed! Lifestyle engagement photos allow you to include whatever you love into your photos. This adds a completely candid touch to your photos and you can use them for décor around your home! 

  • It’s good practice for your wedding day

Any kind of engagement photos are great practice for your wedding day. You’ll learn what poses you do and don’t like, you can determine how you want your hair and makeup, and you’ll be able to make improvements before the big day. The reason I love lifestyle engagement photos so much is that they help you to loosen up behind the lens. You are in an element you feel safe and comfortable in, making it easier to get in front of the camera on your wedding day. 

  • You get variety for your photos!

My favorite thing about lifestyle engagement photos is that you get to choose to do exactly what you want! Do you want to take picture of you and your partner cooking one of your favorite Italian dishes together? Walking your dog around your favorite park? Playing instruments? Watching a movie on the couch? You get to be in full control of your photos and I love that! It’s also nice to have timeless images of you in your space that you’ll cherish for a lifetime!


If you’re looking for the photographer to capture your lifestyle engagement photos–I’m your girl! I’ve been shooting weddings and portraits professionally since 2013 and I’d love to be a part of your special day. Get in touch and we can talk all things wedding photography and capturing those classic images you’ll love for generations to come!

Or, if you’re still looking for engagement session inspiration, you should definitely check out this Gorgeous Watagua Lake Engagement session!

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In the past 10+ years as a Wedding & Portrait Photographer, I’ve found that, aside from arming myself with my cameras to catch swoon-worthy moments of my couples on their day, I’m also bringing a few other unexpected things. 

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