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How to Take a Good Engagement Ring Photo

Written by India Charter
December 14th, 2023

One of the most common ways for couples to share the news of their engagement is through a photo on social media. Couples often post gorgeous pictures in real time of themselves along with the dazzling engagement ring.

Proposals are often one of the most memorable, special and magical moments in a couple’s life, so it’s only natural you’ll want to share this joyous news with your friends, family and colleagues.

You may be wondering how to take a good engagement ring photo. There are many things you may have to consider such as the camera choice, lighting, the environment for the backdrop to storytelling. In this guide, we will be providing you with engagement ring photo ideas and considerations and tips to create the perfect engagement photo with your partner.

What is the significance of the engagement ring photo?

The engagement ring photo is a representation of the love and commitment you share with your partner. A well-captured engagement ring photo can take you back to the moment when your loved one popped the question.

It's a memory you'll cherish, and the photo is the perfect way to preserve it. To make this precious memory last, you need to ensure that the engagement ring photo is just right.

Steps to consider before taking your engagement ring photo

Capturing the perfect engagement ring pictures begins with your choice of equipment and through other key preparation steps. Let's delve deeper into this phase.

Choosing the right camera or smartphone

When it comes to selecting the right camera for the job, it's crucial to consider your options carefully. The choice between a high-quality camera and a smartphone with advanced camera features isn't always straightforward.

High-quality camera

If you own (or know someone who owns) a dedicated digital camera, like a DSLR or mirrorless camera, you're in luck. These cameras offer manual controls, superior image sensors, and the versatility to capture stunning details. They are particularly well-suited for taking intricate, high-resolution shots of your engagement ring.


On the other hand, modern smartphones have come a long way in terms of their camera capabilities. They often boast features like portrait mode to macro photography that can help you create professional-looking photos without the need for additional equipment. Their convenience and portability make them a popular choice for capturing spontaneous moments and sharing them instantly.

The added benefit lies in that once you have taken the photo you can touch up on editing apps like Photoshop.

How do I decide which camera is best for me?

The choice ultimately depends on your comfort level with using a smartphone or DSLR camera, your familiarity with photography techniques, and the type of engagement ring photo you want to achieve. Regardless of your choice, remember that it's not just the camera but also the skill and creativity that play a key role in capturing the perfect shot.

If you opt for a smartphone, be sure to explore its camera settings and experiment with different modes and features to maximise the quality of your engagement ring photo. High-quality lenses, adjustable exposure settings, and advanced editing options can be found in many modern smartphones, enabling you to achieve professional-looking results.

What should I consider when taking the shot?

Overall, you want to consider the composition and framing techniques to highlight certain elements in the shot.

  • Rule of thirds: Apply the rule of thirds to place the ring off-centre for a balanced and visually appealing composition. Check the settings on your camera or smartphone to display the grid on the screen.

  • Macro mode: Use your camera's macro mode or a smartphone's portrait mode to capture the intricate details.

  • Incorporating props: Incorporate props and elements from your surroundings to add creativity to your photo.

Cleaning the ring for the dazzling shot

Your engagement ring represents a promise of your commitment, and before you begin your photoshoot, it deserves to be presented at its sparkling best. Having a clean and dust-free ring will not only highlight its beauty but also ensure that the photo captures every intricate detail.

We explain this in further detail in our ring-cleaning guide so the camera will grasp every detail when it’s time to take the engagement shots.

How to take the perfect engagement ring photo

Sharing the news via social media is a quick and easy way of telling your loved ones the news without having to individually call everyone, which can be overwhelming and time-consuming.

However, taking the perfect photo can be a bit of a challenge. Whilst it’s not a competition to see who has the biggest ring and whose ring sparkles the most, a lot of people want their ring to look as desirable and shimmering as possible.

With that in mind, Karolina Bajda in-house photographer at Queensmith, and Wedding photographer Tom Bennett have shared their top expert tips on how to get that perfect insta-worthy engagement ring shot.

Getting the lighting right

With couples feeling on cloud 9 after getting engaged, it’s tempting to grab hold of the phone, put the flash on and take a quick photo to send around.

However, Tom says, “using artificial light can lead to blurred, unnatural images that won’t capture the beautiful characteristics of the engagement ring, whilst also making the ring look flat.”

“Instead, opt for diffused natural light to help you produce a great-looking photo. A mixture of hard and soft light can also be extremely beneficial to show off the gorgeous diamond.”

Of course, you can’t choose where you’re being proposed to and sometimes you might have to take the picture inside. If this is the case, Tom says “make sure you take your photo next to the window to get some natural lighting. Alternatively, ask someone to use the torch on their phone to create some light.”

Although we might think taking a picture of our engagement ring in the sun will make it look its best, it's not always the case, Karolina states “direct sunlight can actually make the stone appear dark on camera. Instead place your hand by surfaces that bounce a nice, diffused light into the ring. Positioning yourself in the shade can actually make the diamond pop beautifully!”

A few lighting techniques you can use to enhance your photo:

  • Consider whether natural or artificial light works best for your setting.

  • The golden hour, just before sunset, can bathe your photo in a warm, flattering light.

  • For a cosy, intimate atmosphere, try shooting by candlelight or fairy lights.

  • If you're shooting in bright sunlight, use diffusers or reflectors to soften harsh shadows, or find a spot of shade to position your hand in.

Know the angles of your ring

Just as people use different angles to get the most flattering pictures of themselves, rings are the same. It just depends on the type of look you’re going for.

Are you wanting to make the ringer look bigger? Or maybe more delicate? Achieving the desired effect largely hinges on capturing the right angles. Karolina suggests “the best advice I can give is to keep photographing, moving and testing! It’s important to see how the diamond responds to different lighting, angles and the environment.”

Tom says “taking a picture from a high angle can give an engagement ring a more delicate look to it, but if you shoot from a low angle, the ring will look bigger and more dramatic.”

“However, It’s important to remember that certain cuts of diamond photograph differently. A simple rectangular cut will look good from above to show off its shape, yet a ring with a more detailed cut would benefit from a slight angle to the photo to show off its intricate features.”

Avoid glare

Phones are a great way of taking a good quality photo without having to bring a heavy camera with you everywhere you go.

However, when it comes to taking photos on your smartphone, Tom suggests that “it's best to avoid taking a photo in direct light as this could create a glare. Instead, you should put your hand over the camera lens to block the light or change your camera angle ever so slightly to keep the light from hitting your lens directly.”

Selecting the perfect background

Backgrounds can pose a challenge, as you might find yourself in a breathtaking setting that you want to feature in your photo, or you could be facing a plain, ordinary wall. Both can serve as suitable backgrounds, but it's essential to ensure they don't overshadow the main attraction: the ring!

Karolina says “bright, white rooms help the metal band stay light and shiny-looking. Your clothing also affects the reflection in the band as it’s the closest and biggest surface in its immediate surrounding.”

Tom says “you can’t go wrong with a minimal background, because anything too busy will take the importance off the main part of the image. I would personally always use a slightly darker background to make the hand and ring pop. It’s also important to choose a background that reminds you of where the engagement took place so you can look back on the picture and feel everything you felt on that special day.”

If you’re wanting to share the news by posting a photo of just the ring itself, Karolina advises to “use white paper to enclave the ring, leaving a gap for you to take a photo. This trick provides an even distribution and bounce of light around it for a perfect shot.”

Finally, Karolina reminds us “the photo isn’t all about the ring! Your family, friends and Instagram followers will respond to the emotive photos you capture of yourself and your partner” so have fun with capturing the moment.

Showcase the moments with storytelling

A storytelling image is often the most memorable kind of photograph. Instead of merely showcasing the engagement ring, consider a photo that tells a story. One powerful storytelling moment could be capturing the very instance when the ring is being placed on your finger.

Your engagement ring selfie and wider shots should encapsulate the moment when your relationship evolves into a lifelong commitment. The look on your partner's face, the excitement in their eyes, and the engagement ring itself, all come together to narrate a beautiful love story.

Including hands in the shot

Including the hands of the couple in the frame is an intentional way to show the symbolism of the engagement. It adds a personal touch to the photo, reminding viewers of the connection between two individuals who have decided to start their lifelong journey together.

Incorporating your hands in the frame can be done in various ways. You can hold hands, interlock your fingers, or gently place the ring on your partner's finger. Each of these gestures encapsulates the essence of the commitment you've made to one another.

Time for nail (and hand) prep

The ring is one spectacle, but your engagement ring nails are another. When it’s time for your engagement shoot, your nails for your engagement ring deserve a little more attention.

Here's how to ensure your nails and hands are photo-ready:

  • Clean and trim: Start by giving your nails a good cleaning. Remove any old nail polish and trim them to your preferred length. Make sure the edges are smooth and free of any snags.

  • Choose a complementary colour: Consider the colour of your nail polish. It's a good idea to select a shade that complements your ring and doesn't distract from it. Soft, neutral tones or a classic French manicure often work well, but you can choose a shade that matches your style and the theme of your shoot.

  • Groom the cuticles: Neat, healthy cuticles can make your nails look their best. Use a cuticle pusher to gently push back your cuticles. Avoid cutting them, as it can sometimes lead to irritation.

  • Moisturise: Well-moisturised hands and nails look more rejuvenated in photos. Apply a hand cream to keep your skin glowy, soft and supple.

  • Stay true to you: Ultimately, your nail preparation should reflect your style and personality. Don't feel pressured to conform to any specific nail trend if it doesn't feel like you. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident with your nail choice.

Beyond the engagement photo shoot: Preserving the memory

After capturing the perfect engagement ring photos, and sharing them amongst family and friends, you may want to have the photos in a place where they can be revisited and preserved.

Printing out the photo

Printing out the photo

We often leave our most precious memories on our phones, but there's something truly special about holding a physical photo in your hands. You may consider printing your engagement ring photo and displaying it in your home.

Whether you choose to frame it and place it on a mantle, create a gallery wall of special moments, or even print it on canvas for an artistic touch, having a copy of your photo brings a warm feeling attached to the memory.

Creating a photo album or digital scrapbook

A photo album or digital scrapbook is a personable way to compile all your engagement memories into a captivating yet cohesive collection. These albums tell the story of your love journey, from the very beginning to your engagement.

You can do this by selecting your most cherished photos, including the perfect engagement ring shot, and arranging them in a way that flows visually. Add captions, stories, and special notes to accompany each photo.

Create special moments with Queensmith

Create special moments with Queensmith with our selection of lab grown engagement rings and jewellery and capture your love story. We're here to help you every step of the way. Explore our blog for tips on how to design a custom engagement ring or how to buy an engagement ring, and let us be a part of your extraordinary journey.

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