Is it just us, or has trying to outdo other couples in terms of “unique” engagement and wedding photos taken a turn for the worse? Whether the shoot ends up insanely tacky, geeky or just plain dangerous (shooting in an electrical storm anyone?) these images can’t really be reflective of your relationship. While most couples wouldn’t want to have formal photographs taken lounging on a couch in pjs watching Big Bang Theory, can’t we find some common ground between stiffly posed portrait studio images and cringe-worthy fantasy photos not based at all in reality?
If a picture is worth 1000 words…then why do these engagement and wedding shoots render us speechless? You be the judge.
10 wedding and engagement photos that went completely off the rails
The Pet Lovers ShootIt's cute to incorporate your beloved four-legged friend into a photo shoot. But when the shoot becomes all about them, and they're wearing human-like outfits, they just might outshine you.
What's that Lassie? You'd rather be licking yourself than posing with your humans? We understand. animalplanet.com
The Workaholic ShootThe story behind this bizarre couple's SWAT-style engagement shoot is that Hou Weilin could not take time off work...so his bride-to-be came to him. While we applaud her ability to compromise we can't imagine he was getting much work done with his fiancé hanging around his assault rifle. Isn't this some kind of misuse of publically funded property? We call BS on this.english.cri
The Super-themed ShootWe get it: you both like _____ nerdy cultural reference. Do you really need to spoil every single photo with trekkie costumes and themed desserts? There's got to be a more subtle way to incorporate your passions into a wedding theme. You're getting married. It's not a Halloween party. Unless you ACTUALLY plan it on Halloween. Then you get a free pass, and ONLY then.catnorman.com
The Drone ShootThis is either one lazy photographer using a drone to do his job...or this couple is being spied on by the government. We're not sure but it kind of gives the whole wedding a creepy voyeuristic feeling, n'est pas? How romantic.bustle.com
The “Oh, we're just frolicking out in nature” shootBe honest: when was the last time you two went on hike together? We know you're not happy little wood nymphs, so just be natural and stop posing majestically on uncomfortable rocks or standing in streams (or, uh, doing this). Nature herself isn't buying your bullsh*t.sadanduseless.com
The Hipster Signs ShotOh, how quirky. You used hand-drawn signs to explain what's going on in your photo shoot. Look, this is a staged photo, just smile for the camera and look like you're in love. No words necessary. This way you won't need a spell-checker.badengagementphotos.tumblr.com
The Too Much Photoshop ShootIf you need more than just a red eye reduction, you're probably going too far. Take your hand off the clone stamp tool, friends.deathandtaxesmag.com
The Wide Open Space ShootWhy do people think it's cute or unexpected to pose miles away from each other? It just looks creepy and contrived. You're in love. You can get close...but not TOO close...which brings us to #8…badengagementphotos.tumblr.com
The Super Sexual ShootWe get it, you're in love. No need to display that through over the top amorous poses. Save it for the wedding night, or it will make your future children throw up when they see your photos years later.heavy.com
The “We abused our bridal party” shootWhile it's nice to have photos with your mutual friend on your big day, they're not all super models. Making them do embarrassing, degrading or strange poses means they probably won't be a shoulder to cry on should you two ever get divorced (and there's like 50% chance that will happen.) Your big day should be about just you two.sadanduseless.com