This week the world learned that Anne Hathaway is engaged to be married to her boyfriend Andrew Shulman. And armed with the knowledge that people would be chasing her around until they got a shot of her huge rock, the future Mrs. Catwoman tricked the paparazzi into taking a free engagement photo session of the happy couple, out frolicking and walking their dog in Brooklyn.
Ladies, take heed. If you want to have photos of yourself frolicking with your fiance, try to get trick someone to do it for free. This, if you can pull it off, is called a wedding mitzvah.
Unfortunately, most newly engaged couples are not chased around by paparazzi. But they often want photographic evidence of their new status. For some, posting a snapshot to Facebook will suffice. But increasingly, couples are shelling out for a professional photo session. That will cost you a pretty penny. And as far as wedding accoutrements go, the engagement session is pretty superfluous. Yet, more and more people are doing it. So herein a guide with some general tips to follow if you choose to embark on this photographic journey.
Do you need engagement photos? No. Do you want them? …Maybe?
Posed engagement photos require a bit of suspended disbelief from the viewer. No, you likely did not appear in a majestic setting in matching outfits and spontaneously get your photo professionally taken. On one level, I agree with other writers on The Gloss that engagement photo shoots can just be an excuse for people to make fun of you.
But I can also see the appeal to couples of having a well composed image of themselves. And though in the world of iPhones and Instagram and party photo booths it seems shocking that a couple wouldn’t have a decent photo of themselves, professional photos often make for great Save The Dates for engaged couples. But there are a lot of places where this can go wrong.