Top Tips for Perfect, Instagram-Worthy Engagement Ring Photos

Once he puts a ring on it, the next thing you want to do as a bride-to-be is to show off your new rock. But for your engagement ring photos to be truly Instagram-worthy, you should want them to shine. To learn how, here are some tips and tricks for capturing that perfect ring photo. You know, the type of photo that gets "likes" because it's stunning, not just because people feel like they ought to "like" the fact that you're engaged now.

It's not hard to do, but subtle differences are what separate the "eh" photos from the "wow!" ones. Here are our top three tips:

Lighting, Lighting, Lighting

Engagement Photo TipsWithout great lighting, no photo will be a stunner -- no matter how great the subject, pose, and other factors. Great lighting is the key for every photo. Don't shy away from getting some extra light in your shot, even if you have to aim some lamps. And if you have photos where you're outside, aim to capture your images during the "Golden Hour."

This is the hour after sunrise or before sunset, when the light is rich and bright, covering things softly and evenly. This evenly-diffused light is known to make stunning photos compared to the harsher, more uneven light caused by the strong midday sun.

Include Your Other Half

Couples Photo TipsInclude a shot or two that shows both your ring and the amazing guy or gal who gave it to you. Maybe they're smiling in the background, or maybe their hand is grasping yours for the close-up. Either way, a great way to show off your ring is by also showing off the love it represents, and that means including your sweetie in creative ways.

Variety, Interesting Settings, & Props

Engagement Photography TipsFor your engagement ring photos to be Instagram-worthy, make sure you get a variety of angles so all your photos don't look the same. also, don't post ten different pictures. Four or five really good ones should do the trick...any more than that and your followers might get engagement ring photo fatigue.  Consider a close-up of the diamond, a medium shot from farther away that shows your upper body, and maybe a full-body shot where you pose with the ring so that people see what it looks like in real life.

Even better if you can take one of the photos in the spot where he proposed! Props can also go a long way toward creating an interesting scene -- think flowers, family heirlooms, something with both of your names on it, a silk shawl, or other items to spice up the photo.

Embrace the Unexpected

Engagement Photography WeatherThis one is especially relevant if you have to do some traveling for your photos...for example, if you have to drive a few hours to get to the spot where he proposed. Don't fear the unexpected, and always be ready to turn lemons into lemonade. Weather doesn't always cooperate, flat tires happen, and the unexpected can always happen. If he proposed on a bluff overlooking the sea, you might get hit with a rainstorm.

But roll with the punches -- you might get some even more stunning shots in spite of the situation. For example, imagine showing off your engagement ring while a strike of brilliant blue lightning ignites the sky in the background! Sure, it's unlikely, but the point is, make the most out of every situation, and you might get even better pictures than you expected.

Get a Manicure

Engagement PhotosSince engagement ring photos involve close-ups of your hands, a manicure before your photo session will keep your hands and nails looking fresh. You don't want to distract from the beauty of your new ring with chipped, dull nails...but remember that when it comes to the people who matter, they'll find you and your love beautiful regardless!

Hire a Pro

Engagement PhotographersSure, go it alone or have a friend take the pictures, and you still have a chance of pulling it off. But a professional wedding and engagement photographer will be able to get even better pictures. They specialize in this type of photography and will make sure you, your other half, and your engagement ring all look their absolute best.

They'll be able to come up with creative ideas, and will have the best instinct for things like focus, shutter speed, and framing. They will also have a natural sense for how to make the most of aspects like the available lighting and setting.

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