Engagement photography from Laurie Rhodes

According to research from WeddingWire.com, the phenomenon of engagement photos is growing. Taking engagement photos provides a great way for my clients to get used to the camera and for me to get a better idea of what types of photos are their favorites. Typically, I try to capture a more casual vibe that candidly portrays the love, warmth, and familiarity a couple feels for each other.

There are some great ways that couples use engagement photos. Below, are a sampling of ideas from wedding blogs I’ve read. You can find further descriptions and a list of these articles in a previous blog post about uses of engagement photos here: “Save the Date! | Engagement Photo Ideas

  1. Create a Wall Mural of Your Engagement Photos: Blow up a few of your favorite shots for a one-of-a-kind decoration behind your head table.
  2. Personalize Your Table Numbers: During your photo session, snap a series of photos holding up the numbers of your tables. Guests will love wandering around your reception room to see all of the different poses!
  3. Turn Your Engagement Photos Into a Guest Book: Instead of buying a book and having your guests write their well wishes in it, why not make an album of your engagement photos and use it as a guest book at your wedding
  4. Reception Slideshow: Very affordable and innovative way to take this showcase to the next level.

Here are some highlights from engagement photo sessions of three couples that I’ve worked with:

Darbie & Dave

As a precursor to their wedding, Darbie and Dave wanted to celebrate their upcoming big day with a fun photo session. This handsome couple both have performance backgrounds, which is clearly apparent in some of these engagement photos.

Engagement photography of Darbie & Dave (lead)

Dana & Adam

Dana and Adam REALLY love baking! In this engagement photography session they “mixed it up” during a private lesson, making cupcakes with Diana at Butter Lane Bakery. Earlier that day, I photographed them in Washington Square Park, one of their favorite New York City spots.

Engagement Photos of Dana & Adam from wedding photographer Laurie Rhodes - lead

Daniel & Massomeh

Just blocks from their Washington Heights apartment, Fort Tryon Park is a favorite for Daniel and Massomeh. The park was in full bloom when I spent a morning photographing them in celebration of their engagement.

Engagement pictures of Daniel & Massomeh by wedding photographer Laurie Rhodes - lead


I’d love to discuss and plan a creative engagement photo session with you and your fiancé. If you’ve just been engaged, congratulations!

— Laurie