Capturing Your Love: Tips for Planning Sexy and Authentic Engagement Photos

July 5, 2024

Natalia Baqueiro

Eloping, Engagements, Pittsburgh Locations

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Tips to plan Engagement photos that are sexy and authentic

Have you ever dreamt of having a sexy couple shoot in the city?! Well, let me give you some tips to making it a reality!

This is such an exciting time, and as a destination wedding photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing many love stories in stunning locations around the world and I can’t wait to document yours!

Your Engagement photos are all about celebrating your unique bond and showcasing your personalities in a way that’s true to you. If you’re looking to plan engagement photos that are both sexy and authentic, you’re in the right place!

Tips to help you create Memories you’ll cherish forever

As someone who loves to capture the real, unfiltered love between couples, I’ve got some tips and tricks to make your engagement session truly special and totally “you.”

Couple standing in an alley's staircase in South Florida

1. Choose a Meaningful Location: Picking a place that speaks to your heart

The first step in planning your engagement shoot is selecting a location that speaks to both of you.

It could be the place where you first met, your favorite getaway spot, or even somewhere you’ve always dreamed of visiting together.

The right backdrop will add a personal touch to your photos and make them feel more intimate.

Whether it’s a sun-kissed beach, a bustling cityscape, or an urban alley choose a setting that reflects your shared passions and adventures.

Pittsburgh Location Ideas for sexy city photos

  1. Parking Garage – to see the city and the sunset – If you have a bike, even better!
  2. A City Alley – In any city you will find an alley, and sometimes these are the sexiest corners ever!
  3. A Staircase – There’s so many things you can do in a staircase, let your imagination run wild!

2. Wear What Makes You Feel Confident and Comfortable

Your engagement photos should capture you at your best, and feeling confident and comfortable in your outfits is key to achieving that.

Opt for clothing that highlights your best features and suits the location you’ve chosen. Sexy doesn’t have to mean revealing – it’s all about what makes you feel amazing.

Flowing dresses, tailored suits, or even your favorite casual attire can all work beautifully.

Just make sure you coordinate with each other to create a cohesive look without being too matchy-matchy.

Sexy Urban Couple Engagement in Alley
The importance of being yourselves!

Just be yourselves! Laugh, cuddle, steal a kiss—do whatever feels natural. Trust me, those candid, unposed moments are pure magic.

As your photographer, I’m all about capturing the real, authentic you, so don’t worry about putting on a show.

3. Incorporate Personal Elements

What makes your relationship unique? Maybe it’s your shared love for a particular hobby, a favorite book, or even your pets.

Incorporating personal elements into your shoot can add a layer of intimacy and authenticity to your photos.

Flair with Personal Touches

Bring along props that have special meaning to you, like a vintage car, a musical instrument, or a bottle of your favorite wine.

These little touches can help tell your story and make your photos truly one-of-a-kind.

4. Embracing the Candid Moments

While posed shots are great, some of the most beautiful and memorable photos come from candid moments. Don’t be afraid to let your guard down and just be yourselves.

Laugh, play, and interact naturally with each other. As your engagement photographer, I will guide you, but the goal is to capture the genuine emotions.

These candid shots often turn out to be the most treasured because they reflect the real, unfiltered love you share.

Shake Things Up with Fun Activities

Why stick to the usual poses when you can have a blast doing something you love? Let’s mix things up with some fun activities!

How about a mini picnic, a stroll through a funky neighborhood, or even a dance-off? The sky’s the limit, so let your imagination run wild!

Couple walked in Downtown Garage during Engagement

5. Play with Light and Timing

Lighting can dramatically impact the mood and tone of your photos. Golden hour, the time just after sunrise or before sunset, offers soft, warm light that can create a romantic and dreamy atmosphere.

If you’re going for a more dramatic or edgy look, consider shooting during twilight or even at night. As you can see I was using a flash with these photos to create that editorial, edgy vibe.

Lean on me. I’ve Got You!

I’m here to make sure your engagement session is a breeze from start to finish. Trust me to capture those sweet, unexpected moments that make your love story uniquely yours.

I’ll guide you through the process, so all you have to do is relax, be yourselves, and soak in the love. Are you ready to have an incredible time and capture your story? Great! Send Natalia Baqueiro Photography an inquiry to check for availability.

Couple walked in Downtown Garage during Engagement

6. Have Fun and Be Yourselves!

Above all, remember to have fun and enjoy the experience. Your engagement photos should be a reflection of your love and excitement for the future.

Remember, don’t stress about perfection – the most beautiful photos are the ones that capture the true essence of your relationship. The more relaxed and genuine you are, the more your love will shine through in the photos.

Planning your engagement shoot should be a joyous and creative process. By following these tips, you can create sexy, authentic, and unforgettable photos that truly represent you as a couple. I can’t wait to see where your love story takes us!

So let’s make some magic together and capture your love story in all its fun, unique glory!

Sexy couple in front of car about to kiss


The number one thing you can do is to be yourself! Your partner loves you for YOU and you want your engagement photos to reflect that.

Don’t overthink a thing. Trust me!! I got you, so be you and let me do the rest.

I know it’s hard to “relax, smile, and have fun” when there’s a camera 3 ft from your face! It’s not easy for me, and I know it’s not easy for you.

Let’s make this an unforgettable experience! Contact me today so we can start the planning process.

My couples are just required to show up, be excited, and trust me! I have prompts, poses, and directions to give, so their personalities shine through and they feel relaxed and comfortable with me! We’ll play music and have fun!

If the nerves are INSANE, be patient with each other leading up to the session, and sip your favorite drink before your shoot. When overly nervous and in doubt, just kiss!

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