How to nail your engagement photo shoot

In recent years, engagement photos have become an expected addition to wedding traditions. The photos are used for formal announcements, social media posts and “Save the Date” cards. With the help of photographers, couples have gotten quite creative with what they do in their photos.

Janet Kulick, retired Charlotte photographer, said of the engagement photo, “The photo should capture the strength of the relationship.”

Photographers Lisa and Carlos Melendez of Melendez Photo believe it is their job to tell the story of the relationship. Carlos said, “Let your relationship shine through.”

Several Charlotte couples dished about their photo shoot and how they decided to share their big news:

Angela Haigler Gee and Robert Gee, Jr.

Photo 2 Credit Robert Christopher

Angela  explained how she met her husband: “I was power walking on College Street and Robert was heading to visit a cousin who lived on Tryon.” Their engagement photo is a reenactment of Robert (finally) striking up a conversation with her.

Olivia Sides and Vance Parker

Photo 3 Credit Kalina Cloud

Olivia is a medical records student at Rowan Cabarrus Community College and Vance is in the army. Vance is stationed in Hawaii. When Olivia visited him over the holidays, he proposed. They took the opportunity to take their engagement photos then.

Alice and Evan Marleaux

Photo 4 Credit Amanda Anderson Photography

Alice and Evan were not fans of being photographed, so when photographer Amanda Anderson suggested something totally different, they “jumped” at the chance. Alice said, “I think we were far more comfortable jumping off of this park bench than staring lovingly into each other’s eyes with everyone watching.”

Liz and Joe Pennino

Photo 5 Credit Casey Hendrickson

Tina LaForgia and David Morse

Photo 6 Credit Heather Fink

Lisa and Carlos Melendez and Janet Kulick offered these Do and Don’t tips for engagement photos:


  • Choose a location that is memorable or has meaning to your relationship.
Photo 7 Credit Melendez Photo
  • Action shots are the best.
Photo 8 Credit Melendez Photo
  • Shop around for photographers. You want to click with the one you choose.
  • Wear clothing that makes you feel comfortable.


– Bring family members to the photo shoot.

– Expect to shoot on a bright sunny day. Cloudy days can provide better light.

– Limit the types of poses for the photo shoot.

– Match your clothes to one another. Playful and coordinated clothes can work well.

Photos: Kalina Cloud, Robert Christopher Photography, Amanda Anderson Photography, Casey Hendrickson Photography, Heather Fink, Melendez Photo