How to Prepare Your Groom for Engagement Photos

Many grooms might view an engagement session as just another photoshoot, but the reality is that it’s meant to be much more than that! It is celebrating your story together and the connection you share! The photos are documentation of that celebration.

Your photoshoot experience should be fun and authentic, not forced or awkward. Preparing your groom will go a long way into making your experience just that!

Show Him Examples

It may help him to have an idea of what to expect during the session. I highly recommend sitting down together and showing him engagement photos taken by your photographer. Show him what you like and ask him what he likes (or doesn’t like) about the poses he’s seen. If he mentions a favorite, share that photo with your photographer as inspiration!

Arrive On Time

Allow for plenty of time to get to your shoot. There is nothing worse than when a couple shows up late and they have been arguing in the car…we’ve all been there!

If you do end up running behind still, let your photographer know you’re a little stressed and ask if they can start of with any poses that might help you both unwind a little.

Take Off the Pressure

Reassure him that the most important part about these photos is having fun together and celebrating your engagement.

Trust your photographer to guide you into authentic expressions. If you have concerns about something specific, communicate that with your photographer ahead of time. During the session, avoid making comments that make your fiancé feel like he isn’t “smiling right” or “posing right”.

You can also make plans together for after the photoshoot to keep the fun going! Perhaps try a new restaurant or do an activity you both enjoy.


Last but not least, remember to have patience with him. Give him room to be himself and don’t assume that he’s not going to have a good time… I think you’ll be surprised how much you will both enjoy your session!

Rivers Light Photography, based in Houston, Texas, helps thoughtful couples preserve their legacy of love, family, and traditions through fine-art photography.

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