But when I say that I do NOT mean come with a massive suitcase full of props. I have had some truly awkward prop situations in my years as a photographer. I'm not saying ditch the "Save the Date" letterboard, or the wedding date shirt for your dog - do you! But here are a few favorite prop ideas:
- Bring your dog, but don't expect it to stay super posed for super long - the photos of you both trying to tackle the dog into sitting still are much more fun and authentic than that perfect furry family shot.
- Bring something that you love to do together. If you spend weekends on a motorcycle together, bring it! If you have standing picnic dates, turn one of them into the session. I once shot engagement photos for a couple at a pool hall, because that was their favorite thing! Let these pictures show who you two really are.
- Finally, my absolute favorite prop - love notes. It sounds weird, but is so worth it. They don't have to be novels, but the night before your session, spend a few minutes writing a letter to your future spouse, telling them the things you love most about them and how dang excited you are to be marrying them. Then read these to each other during your session - oh my gosh, you will truly never have more beautiful couples photos than these. I promise.