Anybody else think engagement photos are cheesy?

posted 3 years ago in Photography
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We just couldn’t see spending the money on them when we’re spending soooooooooooo much on the wedding photography!  We’re using pics of us together from dating and traveling, so it reflects the real ‘us’.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I dont take offence to this because I once thought the same way. I was just planing to use pictures that we already had of us on trips etc for the wedding website and for the save the dates. Then I realized every picture we had we were either 1/2 way up a clif, doing something stupid, or one of our faces is blocked by something (surfboard, bike, tree, huge boulder, fill in the blank here) 

Though I could use those photos I am taking the 125$ opprotunity to hire our photographer for another afternoon and take some shots that I am not afraid to send to my grandparents. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

They can definitely be cheesy! I love my engagement photos, but a few of them did make me laugh becaues they looked fake/cheesy. However, most of them really look great and natural, because they were! We were with the photographer long enough to start to get comfortable, and it was a very nice experience. We were genuinely feeling the love, lol.

We have tons of pictures together from us dating, but really none of them are very good quality pictures. Quality is really the reason we took the engagement photos.

-No, I lied, the reason I REALLY wanted to take them was to test out the photographer! I forgot about this. We wanted to make sure that we liked the photographer and were happy with their work before we booked them for our wedding. Now we know for sure that they are awesome and we feel comfortable trusting them with our wedding day. Also, posing for wedding pics will be less awkward since we are now more used to being in front of the camera.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think most are cheesy. But we will get some done…just because we don’t have many high quality awesome pictures together. It’ll be fun to get all made up and have some beautiful pics together! BUT I really don’t want any serious face/model shots that really make girls look awkward. And many of the pics will be very private, just for FI and I and maybe close friends/family. I really wouldn’t want to post them all over FB or share them with a ton of people.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didn’t feel ours were cheesy. I used them for our STDs and am planning on using them for our guestbook. It was basically an excuse to get some nice pictures taken. We’re not big on taking pictures so it’s nice to have some professional ones to frame as well.

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Bumble bee

I think they are cheesey, probably because neither one of us likes taking pictures. That being said, I am going to use the opportunity to hire a good photographer and take some just to have nice pictures of us together; plus I am having a very small family wedding ceremony ( not even buying a dress or anything for the wedding) so I am pretty sure our engagement photos are going to be the only professional ones we take. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think it TOTALLY depends on the photographer and the couple. I think a lot of engagement photos are super cheesy, but part of the reason we picked our photographer was because his pictures looked so natural. Our engagement pics had a few posed pics that I don’t like, but our photographer even said his favorites were the pictures between poses. Basically, he pretended to pose us and then snapped pictures of us laughing and goofing around. It’s really important, IMO, to find someone who can capture your personality in photos…which is not easy!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

 We are taking some pics for our STD because it seems like every picture we had together either had us holding a drink or me in a hoochie momma outfit.  I saw this idea either on the Bee or somewhere else for a STD where the groom was looking distraught holding a sign that said THE END IS NEAR  and the bride all smiles with sign that had the date…I guess that is cheesy!! LOL

So I guess they are at times cheesySmile

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Oh yes, totally cheesy. I’d say just send out non-photo STDs. 

Maybe I’m kinda strange but sending out pictures of myself and my fiance (especially kissing photos) seems a a bit vain. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I had them done but I did not want to because I do not care for them. We only did it because a family friend offered to do them for free. I literally sent her 2 inspiration pics and said this is all I want nothing else. Took 30 min total.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think if you feel awkward or the photog makes you do weird things like jump in the air or stand back to back, etc.  But if you’re just there, in the moment, enjoying each other and really feeling how much you love each other, then it’s not cheesy. 

Would you call this cheesy? 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Why not dig out photos where we are being natural?

Because my partner and I have absolutley no photos together.  We have HEAPS of photos of each of us with our kids seperatly, but there are NONE of just us together in exsistence what so ever.  So I am taking this opportunity to have to excuse to get some nice super cute shots of us together so I know 30 years in the future the photos I have of us together wont be only wedding shots.

Thats why.

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