Photos are basically an essential part of your wedding journey these days. Prenup photos especially highlight the couple’s story from a creative lens – which is why they’re popular With the pandemic going on, many outdoor photoshoot ideas may not seem feasible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your perfect photoshoot. Instead of going out, you could try shooting gorgeous at home engagement photos!
What are home engagement shoots?
Well, it’s in the term itself–home engagement shoots happen–well, at home. Preferably you and your fiancé’s home (or future home!), but you can definitely rent out an AirBnB if you want! The point is, you and your fiancé are going to be seen in a casual engagement photo that showcases you and your special someone at their rawest and most domestic versions.
With the pandemic putting a lot of outdoor plans on pause, home engagements shoots became more popular choice last year and it doesn’t seem to be falling out of popularity any time soon.
How do home engagement shoots work?
Well, this depends entirely on you. Just like any other prenuptial shoots, the couple gets the final say in most things. However, if you do choose to have a home engagement shoot, you get to have a higher degree of control over things that you normally can’t control in normal prenup shoots.
Since it’s at home, you can be as laid-back as you want to be. That involves not only the theme, but the photography team as well. Some couples have opted to shoot their at home engagement photos by themselves instead of hiring photographers. For home engagement shoots, a good phone camera can be as effective as a professional DSLR.
Another thing to note is that you can also use your home’s best features to make your photos look great. And since it’s your home, you can make sure that everything’s in just the right place so you can get that perfect photo. For example, lighting! Outdoor shoots tend to be a little more erratic (because of the sun and other weather conditions). Since you’re doing at home engagement photos, you can guarantee that you’ll have good light sources.
What are the benefits of home engagement shoots?
As stated above, home engagement shoots allow you to have a high degree of control over almost every aspect of your prenuptial shoots. From theme to (photography) team, you get to decide how you want things to go. If you’re the type that wants to make sure every nook and cranny is perfect, then home engagement shoots are a really good choice for you.
Depending on how casual you want your engagement photos to be, home engagement shoots are simply less stressful to plan. Since you will be shooting at your home, you don’t need to worry about the usual fees, permits, and reservations involved when booking outdoor place. You have free reign on how you want the place to look as well, so you’re sure that everything looks picture perfect.
If you decide to DIY your engagement shoot, you will also have a relatively casual schedule for your home engagement shoot. Since you don’t have to worry about your location’s hourly rates and opening hours, your prenup shoot can go as long or as short as you want it to be. Of course, if you do decide to hire professional photographers, this might change depending on their offers.
And the best part? Since it’s done inside your home, you don’t have to stress about the pandemic. Going out has become stressful nowadays, and you certainly don’t need that showing in your engagement photos. At home engagement photos are shot mainly inside your house and you don’t need to worry about anything else. Of course, health protocols should still be followed (especially if you’re hiring a team!), but you can relax a bit knowing that you’re in the safety of your own home.
How “casual” is a casual engagement photo?
Because of the location, most home engagement shoots have a casual vibe around them. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to be special or sweet.
If you’re worried about at home engagement photos being too bland and generic, fret not. You can definitely have a casual engagement photo that is still creative, heartwarming, and most importantly you. So to answer that question, a casual engagement photo can be as casual as you want it to be!
Cute, casual engagement photo ideas to try out
You can take your cues from other couples and scour the internet for photo pegs. One of the most popular themes with home engagement shoots show couples doing mundane, everyday things. It’s a testament to their relationship after all and a perfect view of what their life together is like.
Feeling a bit shy about showing your daily routine? Why not show your favorite (at-home) hobbies together?
If you and your fiancé like reading, you can make it a part of your engagement shoot. For book-loving brides, this is your chance to channel your inner Belle and act like your home is that beautiful library with your real life prince charming!
If you and your significant other love to cook, why not showcase your cooking skills? Get in the kitchen and whip something up for each other while posing the camera! You can try to do each other’s favorite dishes or prepare something entirely new together. Either way, you and your fiance get to share a meal right after and that’s a win in itself.
Are you both gamers? Show the world how you geek out to your favorite games and set up your living room as a game room. Bonus points if you actually dress up with video game references. Show the world what you do together as a couple!
If you’re proud furparents, a cute casual engagement photo idea is to include your beloved furbabies in the picture! Dress them up as your flower girl or ring bearers or just chill with them on the couch.They are, after all, a part of your family!
If you’re still figuring out what to do for your shoot, check out our at home activities for couples for inspiration!
Should I hire professionals for home engagement shoots?
That is entirely you and your fiancé’s call! Your wedding decisions should revolve around you and if you feel that you can manage home engagement shoots on your own, then by all means do so. However, if you’re still hesitant or unsure how to make home engagement shoots work, it might be the best to consult with professional photographers. In the Philippines, high quality prenup photo packages can cost anywhere between P10,000 to well above P50,000.
DIY-ing at home engagement photos could definitely be a bonding experience (and it’s definitely on brand with the casual engagement photo vibe), but then again those photos are forever. Check in with your fiancé about your wedding budget and decide accordingly. If you do decide to hire a professional photographer, it’s best to ask them if they experience shooting at home engagement photos so you can make sure that you get the results you want.
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Trying out at home engagement shoots
At home engagement photos are an excellent way to show the world of you and your partner’s love in this pandemic. It is one of the safest (and probably cheapest) options for couples who don’t want to put their wedding plans on hold. Not only that, but with at home engagement photos, you can get your perfect photos in a chill and casual environment without sacrificing creativity and warmth.
While it may seem that home engagement shoots are too mundane and quaint, it can’t be denied that there’s a certain charm in seeing simple, everyday expressions of a couple’s love captured. When the pandemic ends, we will for sure see outdoor prenup shoots again. Still, for couples who dwell on the simpler and perhaps more profound expressions of their love, at home engagement photos may be the perfect choice for you!
Author: Joey Cole
Joey Cole is a digital content writer from Laguna. When she's not looking at her task list, she's probably obsessing over another anime show, looking at pictures of food, or adventuring all over Faerun with her online DND friends.