Tips for Unique Engagement Photos

It's no secret, Thomas and I LOVE the city of Dallas. It's home. It's where we live, and, more importantly, where we fell in love. We wanted to do something unique that really represented us for our engagement photos. So, we decided on The State Fair of Texas! 
We have been season pass holders every, single year since we began dating and go at least a dozen times each year. We love the food, the atmosphere, the people, the football, the everything! But, since the fair is such a busy place, and there are always a ton of people, we knew we were going to really have to be on top of the planning and strategy for the shoot!
Once we found an amazing photographer, who was crazy enough (and insanely talented) to go along with our idea, we set out for a sunset engagement shoot at The State Fair of Texas!
Photographer: Nat Chittamai | Instagram | Facebook
Chose a location that totally represents you.
This was a no brainer for us. We wanted something that SCREAMED "Thomas and Tiffani," so we chose a place where we had so many wonderful memories, a place that meant a lot to us, and one that all of our friends and family would literally say "These are SO YOU," which they did.  
Bring your support system!
Especially if you are going to a busy place, somewhere there is a lot of traffic, or a decent amount of foot traffic, you need people there! Whether it's to hold your lipstick, and all the little extras you brought along, or just for emotional support, bring them along. Having someone else there adds a different dynamic, and might make being in a busy place less awkward.
Don't be afraid to share your ideas with your photographer!
When we first contacted Nat he recommended we start a Pinterest board, so we did! It gave Nat a good idea of the photos we wanted, and let him see what we are looking for. Having engagement photos in a unique location, that not many people use, make things a little more difficult, but having a baseline idea of the kinds of photos we wanted beforehand made it so much easier to go through the motions during the engagement shoot.
Bring props that mean something to you!
The whole point of having a unique engagement photo session is to be unique! So do it! Bring props that are unique to you guys, your location, or something you love! We snagged this "Howdy, Folks!" printable from Whiski Designs the minute we saw it go up on their Instagram! It is so cute, and was the perfect accessory to our engagement shoot at the state fair!
Tell people around you what you're doing!
Sound silly right? People should just know you're in the midst of a photo shoot, but they don't. Let people know. They'll often give you a little extra! In our case, we were graced with free cotton candy (see below), our photographer and moms were able to ride the carousel with us, and a few other things. Especially if people are staring, and trying to figure out what they're doing, let 'em know! Everyone loves hearing about an engagement! 
Have total confidence while shooting!
When shooting unique engagement photos, you are bound to have people staring. Whether you're in a park, and wearing crazy clothes, or in the middle of the State Fair of Texas with a photographer in tow, OWN IT! Know people are just curious, and you have to be confident in order to get the best pictures possible!
Don't worry about peoples' reactions!
If this isn't your life motto (it's totally mine), live by this, y'all! Don't worry about everything going on around you. Engagement photos are supposed to show how in love you and your significant other are, and of course, to show off the gorgeous asset on your left ring finger! Get lost in the person you are with, flirt, laugh, and enjoy each other. Don't worry about anyone else... Except maybe your photographer!
 If you are interested in seeing more of our engagement photos, head over to our wedding website and check them out ->
Also, if you are looking for an amazing engagement photographer in Dallas, be sure to check out Nat Chittamai!


  1. This is such a cute idea! I find that a lot of people's engagement photos always look the same so it's refreshing to see a fun out-of-the-box idea!

  2. Oh my goodness these turned out AMAZING! I love that y’all chose such a fun setting and that this turned out how you envisioned!

  3. SOOOO CUTE!! So my radio station did a week of live broadcasts at the Champlain Valley Fair, Vermont's biggest fair. One night from inside our fair booth, I got to watch a fair themed engagement session going on. It was SO cute!!

    xoxo A

  4. omg these are SO cute! I know this is about engagement photos but you have me dying to visit Dallas! haha

  5. So special and these photos show so much of the beauty and fun in your relationship. Congratulations on your engagement! Such a precious time to celebrate!


  6. These are adorable, What a fun way to take pictures. I agree they should always represent you!

  7. Oh my goodness! These are so adorable! I've always wanted to go to the Texas State Fair. The one in Louisiana isn't super duper great. These turned out amazing!

  8. These came out so good! We were pretty traditional with our engagement photos but I love this idea.

  9. So cute!! These turned out wonderful!

  10. These photos are so cute! I love how different the location is!

    -Carine |

  11. Oh my god this is amazing! I never even thought of doing something like this! Great idea girl! You and your fiance are too cute, Congratulations!

  12. Love the idea of engagement photos at the fair! So cute.

  13. These are so cute, I can't handle it!! I love that y'all went for something that was true to you two!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  14. These are so adorable! A good friend of mine recently had her engagement pictures done at the Georgia State Fair & I thought it was the cutest thing!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  15. Amazing! These surely are some unique ideas of photography. I would love to get a pre-wed shoot like this. I am getting married next month in one of the Los Angeles wedding venues. Are you available before that? Because I just loved each and every picture here.

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