Firstly let’s start with why you might consider bringing props to your engagement session. Props are a fun way to show your personalities, give you something to do (less awkward stiffness), and they can diversify your gallery. Some props are so overdone, therefore I encourage my couples to really think outside the box. In other words, less Mr & Mrs signs and more unique props.
So I’m here to share some engagement prop ideas as well as activities, which is another fantastic way to have an even more personalized shoot.
Let’s start simple.
One of the easiest things to bring along is a blanket. You can cuddle up under it, wrap each other up with it, lay on top of it. They are great for those closer intimate shots of you guys all tangled up! Plus they help you not get dirty when I make you sit down in the dirt. They are a winter engagement necessity.
Pets…and no they aren’t a “prop” but I thought I’d mention to bring your fur babes! I love watching them run around and getting you both interacting with your pet!
You might see couples popping bubbly often at shoots, but seriously it’s so fun to do and get’s all the real smiles and it’s a great way to end a shoot. We all might end up a little sticky and wet but it’s so worth it!
Smoke Bombs are another semi popular engagement prop. But there’s so much you can do with it to make it unique. Obviously location will play a big part in the scene, but also the smoke bomb color and your outfits will make it one of a kind, unlike anyone else’s. Every time I’ve had one it’s totally different than the time before. They add a lot of drama and that pop of color is amazing!
A few other props off the top of my head are: Motorcycle, bikes, fishing poles, instruments, paddle boards, sleds, sparklers, your vehicle, a flag, masks, mugs, dinosaur suit (please), maps, Polaroid camera, books, hammock, the list goes on forever! Have an idea but not sure if it will work? I say bring it to the shoot and we can decide together if we can incorporate it!
Engagement session activities
Wanna take it to the next level? Planning an activity for your shoot will add so much personality, fun, laughs, and movement. When my couples come at me with ideas, I’m alllll about it. So what kind of activities are we talking about? Well, here’s a few ideas.
Ok let’s just start with the obvious. Food. Is food an activity? Yes. The main thing about bringing food is to bring enough for me. Just kidding, but seriously. Picnic in the mountains anyone? S’mores or hotdogs over a campfire? Pizza and beer? Taco Bell? Ice cream or coffee shop? The possibilities are endless, so if you guys bond over a food or drink, it would be so so fun to shoot that. It’s an actual goal of mine to have a shoot of CJ and I at Cafe Rio.
Sports. You guys like playing basketball together, shoot your bows, ski, let’s document you in your element!
Outdoorsy stuff. These are probably my favorite activities to shoot because everyone has their own thing and there’s so much variety. If you like going to the lake in the summer, let’s grab some floaties or your boat and hit the water! Do you spend every weekend out hiking in the mountains? Let’s hit the trail. Love camping as much as I do? Heck I’ll bring a tent too and we can have a campfire and I’ll fry up some bacon in the morning. Seriously any idea you might have that sounds fun, let me know, the more out there the better!
A little more planning and time may be needing for adding an activity, but if you want something different than everyone else, this is a great way to do so!
Do I have to bring props?
No. The whole point of this shoot is to have fun, get to know each other, and get awesome photos. However, the more thought and effort you put into your engagement shoot, the more memorable it will be! If you aren’t into props, it’s definitely not going to hurt your gallery. It’s just fun to try new things and make more memories. Like I said I’m down for whatever, so let’s plan something amazing and if there’s some engagement session props that represent you as a couple, let’s bring them!