Photo courtesy Derk's Works Photography

Couples are more inclined than ever to skip those cheesy and awkward engagement photo shoots. And we couldn't blame you. That is until we spoke with local photographers who explained the importance of these pre-wedding pictures, which gives them time to learn your best looks. In the current issue of Capital Style Bride, which hits newsstands this weekend, local photographers gave us five super simple ways to get fabulous engagement shots. For example, keep pictures from looking too posed by picking a location that holds special meaning-your first date, where you got engaged, or just a favorite hangout. For more helpful tips from the pros (plus real Columbus engagement pics) grab your copy this weekend.

–Beth Stallings