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Utilize the setting when taking your city engagement photos.

Introduction

Ah, the city. Our ol’ pal John Mayer really said it best when he sang “I tell everyone, I smile because, I’ve got a city love~” because what could be more romantic than being with your S.O. in a city that you also love? 

We know what: taking city engagement photos for your upcoming big day! 

Now, now, we know this might sound scary, especially if both of you are not used to being in front of a camera. But the thing is, confidence is usually the only thing standing between “awkward” and “awww” when it comes to photoshoots, and we certainly know a thing or two about that!

So, to help you shine in your city engagement photos, we’ve listed out our best poses and ideas, along with a healthy dose of things to prepare beforehand. Let’s get right to it!

Table of Contents

1. Iconic Cityspaces

One of the most classic and timeless ideas for city engagement photos is to feature iconic cityscapes as the backdrop. You can opt for well-known landmarks, bridges, or skyline views. Whether it’s the silhouette of a city skyline at sunset, a shot with a famous landmark in the background, or a favorite spot where you two hang around a lot, these photos will serve as a beautiful reminder of your connection to the city as a couple.

2. Urban Exploration

One of the best things you can do in a city as a couple is to explore it, so why not incorporate that into the photoshoot? Take a stroll through vibrant neighborhoods, share a laugh at your favorite diner, or take some downtown engagement photos. You can even visit spots you frequently go to, just to add a more personal touch to your city engagement photos.

Couple walking in urban setting.

3. Rooftop Romance

We can’t quite explain it too, but there’s just something inherently romantic about taking engagement photos on a rooftop, especially if it’s your own rooftop where you already spent plenty of time together! That said, if you don’t have access to one, you can always visit rooftop bars, hotels, or public spaces, most of which also offer stunning views of the skyline.

4. Street Art Backdrops

One great way to inject color in your photos while also showcasing your city’s identity is to use the local street art as backdrops! You can even make it extra special by picking your favorite murals, graffiti, or public art installations. Then, pick an outfit that matches and strike a pose, your photographer will handle the rest!

5. Nighttime Magic

The great thing about cities is that they often become an entirely different being once nightfall comes, so use that to your advantage when taking engagement photos in the city! You can experiment with city lights, reflections, and long exposure techniques to create a dreamy and enchanting atmosphere. Illuminated streets also make for beautiful backdrops, as do city lights reflected on water. The city’s the limit!

6. Urban Park Serenity

Getting a bit tired of the hustle and bustle of the city streets? Well, how about hitting the urban park to take more city engagement photos? Many cities have green spaces that provide a serene and natural setting amidst the urban chaos, so make sure you utilize all of its natural beauty! (maybe feed some of the local pigeons too? Now that’s a great photo we can already envision!)

A couple taking city engagement photos at the park.

7. Public Transport

Looking to shake things up in your city engagement photos? Try some public transportation-themed pictures then! You can take photos in front of cars and taxis, or you can ride bicycles together through the city streets. Taking some photos inside the train is also a great way to add some dramatic flair (just look at all those movies!), just make sure to ask the other passengers beforehand if you’re not disturbing anyone!

8. City Reflections

When in doubt, go for reflections. Simply look for reflective surfaces, like glass buildings, puddles after rain, or even the hood of a polished car. They may seem just like normal reflections, but with the right photographer (like maybe our team at PhotoKings.ca… *wink wink*), they can add so much depth and visual interest to your pictures! Kinda like capturing the magic in the mundane, so to speak.

Couple taking city engagement photos inside a cafe.

9. Cafe Chronicles

Hey, everybody likes a good cup of coffee, even more so when it’s shared with their beloved. So, make sure you drop by some of your city’s coziest coffee spots to take some engagement photos. Embrace the city’s café culture by incorporating cozy coffee shops or stylish cafes into the engagement shoot.

10. Candid Crowd Moments

In our opinion, taking city engagement photos wouldn’t be complete without some crowd shots! Whether it’s a busy market, a lively festival, or a bustling square, candid shots in crowded places can result in authentic and vibrant images. You can even copy those early 2000s music videos by standing still in the middle of a busy, moving crowd, just to add some artistic flair to your shots!

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City engagement photos overlooking a view.
  • Choose Meaningful Locations: Start by picking out locations that already hold personal significance to you as a couple. Where’s your favorite dinner spot? What places do you pass by during your everyday routine? Where did you two first meet? If you’re looking for a personal touch, this is the way to go for your city engagement photos. 

  • Coordinate Outfits: Your outfits don’t have to match of course, but choosing clothes that complement each other is a big plus, and it’s even better if they also fit with the backdrop. For example, casual outfits  go great with the local city attractions, while a crisp button-down mixes well with buildings and architecture.
     
  • Consider Time of Day: This all depends on the type of photos you want to take. The daytime is best for bright shots, while the night-time is great for capturing the city lights. Of course, you can always go for a mix of both, especially if you want to add plenty of variety in your photos.
     
  • Obtain Necessary Permits: Hey, nobody wants a nosey nancy asking if you have the permit to shoot in a certain spot. So, make sure to do your research beforehand and check if permits are required in public spaces or local landmarks.
     
  • Pack Essentials: Ensure you have all of the necessary outfits, props, and accessories that are needed for the shoot. Make sure to bring plenty of water as well, and don’t forget the sunscreen!
     
  • Talk To Your Photographer: Make sure you discuss your vision and preferences with the photographer too. Clear communication helps ensure everyone is on the same page, and will help make sure your shoot goes smoothly.
     
  • Scout Locations in Advance: Here’s a fun date idea – scout the chosen locations beforehand! Just familiarize yourself with the surroundings and talk with your partner about any good spots they’d like some photos in. Who says that can’t be a bonding activity?

  • Have a Backup Plan: It’s good to be prepared, so always have a backup plan in case of unexpected circumstances, such as crowded locations or unforeseen weather changes.
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Final Thoughts

And there you have it, our favorite city engagement photo ideas you can try today. So grab your partner, get out in the city, and have yourself an urban adventure that you will forever remember! 

But just in case you don’t have a photographer yet to capture your city love, let our expert team here at Photo Kings help! 

As seasoned photographers with years of experience under our belts, we’re more than happy to take you around the city and capture moments you’ll want to look back on. We also offer photography packages at unbeatable rates, because great photos don’t always have to cost an arm and a leg! 

So, contact us today at 1 (800) 496-3379 to start planning for your city engagement photos. We can’t wait to hear from you! 

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