Wahoooo, you’re engaged! (Or…wahoooo, someone you know and love is engaged!) The first natural thought is to snap some adorable pics. But the problem is that “adorable” can very easily slip into “awkward.” Here, some ideas and inspiration for pulling off a non-cheesy shoot.

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PICK A LOCATION THAT FEELS FAMILIAR

For example, your very own kitchen. 'Cause who doesn’t feel at ease over brunch?

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OR PICK A SETTING WITH A MAJOR VIEW

So you had to hike to the top of a 1,500-foot-high river gorge just to snap your engagement pics. Totally worth it for this kind of ambiance.

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INVOLVE SOME ACTION

Engagement photos don’t have to be staged and forced. When you’re doing something you love, it’ll come across in your expressions.

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INSTEAD OF PROPS, INCLUDE YOUR PET

True story: Dogs are life.

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DON’T BE AFRAID OF COLOR

Whether it’s part of your clothes…or the entire frame.

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DON’T BE AFRAID TO OVER-DRESS

Everyone’s natural instinct is to veer toward senior-portrait-looking outfits of jeans and a solid-colored sweater. But nothing says you can’t go all out in sparkles and a tux in advance of the actual wedding day.

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FEEL FREE TO SKIP TOWN

It could be Paris or it could just be your closest major city. Think of the trip as a well-deserved mini-moon and book a local photographer wherever that is.

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