You’re engaged! Your partner popped the question and you’re on your way to wedded bliss. After sharing the happy news with your parents and best friends, it’s time for the real sharing: social media. Whether you’re an avid Instagram user or only tweet every three months, sharing photos of your new engagement ring is a right of passage. But even if you are a social media expert, there are different rules for pictures of engagement rings. This is your special moment and it’s crucial to get it right. Follow these simple tips to take the perfect photo of your engagement ring. Your followers will thank you.

1) Natural Light
If you’re ever in doubt about the best lighting, remember that the rules are simple: natural is best. Instead of opting for a dimly lit corner of your house, simply open the front door and snap a picture in the light of day. Unfortunately, bright overheads and fluorescent lights are not the same as outdoor lighting. Regardless of the weather, step outside to take your picture. The difference in quality will be shocking.

2) Nails
Getting a manicure may seem like common sense, but it’s always worth mentioning. Apart from your gorgeous new ring, your nails will likely be the only other focal point of your photo. Because of this, it’s absolutely critical that your nails are not only gorgeous, but also complement your ring. For example, the Blissful engagement ring would look stunning with a red manicure that would make the diamond pop.

3) Hold on Tight
Manicures may be the second focal point, but props have the possibility of being the third. Instead of awkwardly taking a photo of your hand stretched out in the air, opt for a prop instead. Grab a beautiful bouquet, cute coffee mug or even a wine glass and snap a photo of your hand holding the object. By using a prop, the picture is able to look more natural, and it is also able to tell a more complete story. After all, social media is all about sharing the narrative of your own life.

4) Natural Background
With engagement ring photos, less is truly more. Instead of opting for elaborate patterns or exotic locations, use a neutral background for your engagement ring photo. There is no better way to show off your gorgeous new bling.