Ideas for Indoor Engagement Photos


When the weather simply won't cooperate -- be it raining, snowing or windy outside -- don't take chances that your engagement photos won't turn out their best. Have the photo shoot inside to keep your hair, makeup and clothing fresh. Location options include local cultural exhibits, indoor gardens or for an intimate shoot, your own home.

No Place Like Home

  • An at-home engagement shoot provides an intimate, cozy look at your life together. Invite the photographer to come shoot a day in the life of your relationship -- making breakfast together in the kitchen, snuggling on the couch watching a movie or enjoying cocktails in the backyard. If you don't live together but there's a residence that holds a special place in your heart -- such as your grandparents' home or a summer beach house -- have the shoot there.

Walk Down Memory Lane

  • Grab the photographer and head to all the indoor locales that played a pivotal role in your relationship. Get a shot of the two of you in a booth at the restaurant where you had your first date, and then to the secondhand bookstore where you loved to browse on Saturday afternoons. Other potential locations include a neighborhood coffee shop or a favorite theater, but it's all about what's meaningful to your relationship.

Cultural Tour

  • If you live in a city known for its history or arts, stage an indoor engagement shoot in one of the important landmarks. For example, a museum makes for a lovely backdrop, while a library provides a unique setting -- just picture a shot of the two of you stealing a kiss within the stacks. Double-check with the organization before you start flashing the camera, particularly in an art museum as the light can damage artwork.

Bring the Outdoors in

  • If you had your heart set on an engagement shoot amid greenery but the weather isn't cooperating, look for a way to bring the flora inside. Check at the local botanical garden to see if there's an indoor component, or a local nursery might have a greenhouse full of colorful flowers. If you're really itching to get outside, find a covered patio with a beautiful backdrop -- rain or snow can make for stunning images, as long as there's a roof to keep your hair dry.

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