Engagement Photo Tip: How to Pop Champagne

June 15, 2020

You grab your babe, I’ll bring the bubbly. It’s time for your engagement session and what better way to celebrate than with a bottle of something cold and sparkling?! Let’s talk about how to pop bubbly for the perfect engagement photos.

(P.S. If you are sober or avoiding alcohol, these tips apply just the same to sparkling cider!)

Tip #1: Pop the Top Before You Shake

This is the KEY to a good pop. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but before you get ready for the really fun stuff, gently pull the cork out of your bottle. And while you’re at it. Do me a favor, think about the face you’re making when you pull the cork out. Is it the prettiest one you or your person has ever made? Of course it’s not! 

Now that you’ve pulled the cork it’s time to get in position.

Tip #2: Act Like You Like Each Other

The best tip I have for any good photo is make sure you’re always in contact with your significant other. When you shoot with me, that sounds a lot like me laugh-yelling, “Act like you like each other!” at you. You want to look connected and not awkward, right? When in doubt, grab an arm, stand front-to-back or hold bear hug your partner from behind before the action starts. 

Tips #3: Get in Position and Shake ‘Er Up!

Once you’re comfy, it’s time to grab your bottle. Whoever is going to do the shaking, cover the top of the bottle with both thumbs and start shaking. Slowly slide your fingers off the mouth of the bottle and let the spray go. I always tell my couples to leave it partly covered because that create more of the spray effect. 

When the spray dies down, cover that sucker back up, shake and repeat! Don’t panic if it doesn’t go as planned the first time, you can always keep shaking and the spray will keep coming.

Tip #4: Sip, Sip, Hurray!

Before you’re done, take turns feeding each other from the bottle for an added cute touch to your session. I mean, no reason to waste good bubbly, right?

Bonus Tip: Save the Best for Last 

Always do this at the very end of your session! You (and your photographer) WILL get wet and sticky. Save your outfits and your hair, and save the best for last.

Ready to book your own champagne-popping session? Grab a bottle and your person and meet me at sunset, babe.


Hey there wanting to do this for my brothers engagement shoot, what exposure did you put your camera on?

Hi there! I’m not entirely sure what you mean, but I likely had my ISO at 200 and my shutter speed above 400. Hope that helps!

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