Post # 1
My FI is deployed and in Australia (as some of you may already know), and when I go see him in 3 weeks, we are taking engagement photos on the beach with a local Australian photographer. He’s really reasonable ($154 AUD plus expenses for prints and such), and it would be silly for us to NOT take professional photos at such a beautiful location.
I did find a photographer I really like for our ceremony and reception. The fee for two photographers for 8 hours, with a CD of edited images, 15% off any prints ordered with them, and high res print release is $2,195. It includes… you guessed it… an engagement session.
I’m hesitant to have a second engagement session, so I asked the photographer if we could swap that out for another session like the rehearsal dinner, a bridal shower, or bridal portraits (which I’m not too keen on anyway), or simply deducting the session and reducing the fee. I’m meeting with them tomorrow to discuss all of our options.
I know photographers like to use engagement sessions to get to know their couple, but I just hate redundant photos. What would you do?
Post # 2
futuremrschristensen: Well FI and I are taking our second set of engagement pic Friday. The first one we were already takign pic for our 8 year anniversary and already had outfits picked. We wore red and our colors are ivory, pink, silver and cobalt blue and we’re usign several of the pictures for different things so wanted some with our colors. I feel it depends on what works for you. We love to take pictures so we are taking two. Everyone was like 2 pictures?? but when they really thought about it it was so us and they cant wait to see the second set. Do what works for you and good luck!
Post # 3
I’d say it rather depends on how much you like having your picture taken. Because two sets of engagement pictures could leave you with two sets of fairly identical and rather posed shots. Although maybe, if your wedding is not in Australia, another set of couple pictures would feature very different locations.
Of your alternatives, if you aren’t keen on bridal shots then it might be that the rehearsal dinner isn’t the greatest place for a photoshoot. Nobody wants their picture taken while they are eating, for starters and I guess, if the photographer would like the pre-wedding session to be a chance to get to know you, a crowded event right before your wedding day isn’t going to be the best way to enable this.
Post # 4
- Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay
I had loads of fun on my e-shoot, and if I had a chance to do another one I would!
Post # 5
I’d say just do two! I had a session done while abroad with my fiance this past spring (I didn’t like most of them but that isn’t the point) and we’re having our “real” engagement photos taken this September-ish with our wedding photographer.
Post # 6
I don’t get the point of engagement photos, so I would try to get the price lowered.
Post # 7
I would look at it as an opportunity for more photos! You don’t have to consider it a second engagement shoot. But I just love photos and love having them so it just depends on how you feel. If you can remove them and get your price lowered, then that’s not bad too!
Post # 8
futuremrschristensen: Maybe see if they’ll give you a free anniversary session a year later?
Post # 9
I would see if they would do the shower. The candid shots are often the most loved photos in any wedding album and it would be good to see the photographer’s style with candid shots before the wedding, in case there are any places where your tastes and his/her style don’t align. The photographer is not always willing or able to adapt their style to your tastes but at least you would know in advance what to expect.
Post # 10
futuremrschristensen: Definitely do both shoots – it’s so important to get to know your photographer’s style and personality by shooting with them before the big day! And the photos might end up being totally different!
Post # 11
playdohpants: Great idea! I’ll ask.
Post # 12
futuremrschristensen: I would do the session included in your package. Aside from getting the extra photos, it’s just a really great time to get to know and get comfortable with your photographer. I can tell you from expereince (I’m a photographer) the weddings I have done an engagement session with the couple are just better because we have already built a relationship. I work in a resort area, so that’s not always an option. While I give 100% at every wedding, there is no denying that what I produce with my engagement couples tends to be better because of the realtionship we’ve already built. They trust me, they trust my opinion/direction, and they’re more comfortable and at ease in front of my camera.
Post # 13
I had so much fun with my E-shoots that I would love to have another one! I might actually because one of my friends is starting her own photogrpahy business offered us to have Eshoot with her just so we have some alternatives in case we want more variety in our photos.
If anything, maybe you can have a specific theme or something with your second E-shoot just so it’s a bit different than your first one and not be so redundant. I know that if I had my second one, I would like it to revolve around my FH’s motorcycle because that is one thing that we love to do together since our first shoot was only walking around the beach.