Are you getting engagement photos?

posted 2 years ago in Waiting
  • poll: Are you getting engagement photos taken?
    Yes : (24 votes)
    69 %
    No : (10 votes)
    29 %
    Not sure : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 2
    636 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Yes! We are getting ours done this weekend. We are having a friend do all of our photography, but most professional photographers that you hire will include a free engagement session with booking them for your wedding. If not its usually between $200-$500 for just engagement pictures. 

    Post # 3
    6431 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Funny, I’ve had the opposite reaction seeing them on Facebook. I usually think “gah, yet another thing that’s become a ‘thing'” followed by “why are all these so damn cheesy?”

    I do agree with people who have said that they’re good to test out your wedding photographer to make sure s/he takes pics that you like. 

    Post # 4
    4634 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We did them.. About 3 weeks before our wedding. They were included in our package and we wanted to make sure we were comfortable in front of the camera.

    Overall, I think they’re cheesy and not very unique. I wouldn’t have sought them out and chose to do them if they weren’t part of our package. I certainly wouldn’t plaster them all over Facebook.

    Post # 5
    1500 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

    Yes! At first we were going to nix them…actually we weren’t even going to go with a professional photographer at all. But the more and more we thought about it and discussed it, we realized that having some professional photos ARE important to us. Though we’re not spending thousand and thousands (I mean altogether, not just the engagement photos), we’re still choosing someone more professional than our family members. The place we’ve chosen for our photos is very special to us, so I don’t care if other people they’re overdone or cheesy or whatever because they’ll be ours. Not only that, but I’m HIGHLY unphotogenic, so we have very, very few pictures of us together as it is. I wanted to be able to work with someone who knows what they’re doing behind a camera and will be able to work with the angles and lighting to give us pictures we’ll both adore instead of instantly wanting to delete them all like I usually do.

    Post # 6
    1154 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Yes! We just took ours last week, waiting on them to come in now!  I say get them, if you don’t like them (like my first round of engagement photos, different photographer, ugh) you don’t have to show anyone.  I like that we’ll have professional photos to use on our wedding website and what not.  

    Post # 7
    988 posts
    Busy bee


    futuremrsJR:  We’re getting ours done this weekend, too!! yay!

    Jadegreen:  I wouldn’t get them “just because everyone else is,” but they are something that FI and I decided we wanted to do simply because it’s kinda a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have a professional photographer take picture of just the two of us without being in formal attire. Plus, as PP have mentioned, it’s often included in your wedding photography package and is a god way to make sure you and your photog work well together. For our budget wedding, we’re going with a professional photographer who is just starting to get into the wedding industry (she’s been a pro specializing in family portraits, baby pics, etc., for a decade) and negotiated with her to have all but $50 of our deposit refundable within a short time after the engagement session if we’re not satisfied with the expereience/her pictures.

    Post # 8
    6435 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Engagement pictures are nice but not necessary. FI and I have taken lots of lovely impromptu pictures. We were on a trip when we got engaged, and other tourists were more than happy to take a pictures for us, especially when they found out we just got engaged! Engagement photos are a concept developed by the wedding industry, and they cost extra money that could be used for other more important things for us.

    Post # 9
    198 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    We’re not getting them done. It’s not included in our package and I know our photographer fairly well so am not worried about any of that for the day of the wedding. We are having a really small wedding and there isn’t a website or even invitations, so it felt like a waste for us. It really depends on your circumstances. Keep in mind they will likely go away and be replaced by wedding pictures, never to be seen again 🙂

    Whatever you do just don’t post 150 of them to facebook. So cheesy!

    Post # 10
    79 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    We are opting to not have them done.  It’s included in the cost of our photography but my guy isnt a huge fan of posing for photos to begin with and I personally don’t care to push to have them done..  I agree that its sort of taken off as a ‘thing’. 

    Since we were paying for something we weren’t going to have done I asked if I could swap in a boudoir shoot instead and my photographer happily agreed so I am now excited for that!

    Post # 11
    2115 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    We did them, and they were included in our photo package, so we didn’t pay anything extra. I’m glad we did them! They came out great (FI hates getting his picture taken so we have very few photos together), we used them for our STD and wedding website, plus it was definitely worth it just to work with our photographer ahead of the wedding. Now I have a much better idea of how it all works and am feeling a lot less nervous!

    Post # 12
    371 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015


    Jadegreen:  Nope.. we went to the beach wrote Mr & Mrs in the sand and had a stranger take the pic. It was perfect for a save the date and for a way to announce the engagement. What was awesome is I had people calling me to ask how we found a photographer so fast after getting engaged…….  

    Post # 13
    102 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I had a semi-professional friend take ours for free.  He was building his portfolio, and we got some photos.  Are they the best?  Nope.  But you get what you pay for.  😀

    Post # 14
    105 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I want to!! I LOVE pictures though, and photography had always been the thing I knew I would get the very best/pay a lot for at my wedding. We already know who we want to shoot our wedding (she did DB’s sisters wedding and family pics) and they have a deal where with the price of the wedding you get either engagement or bridal shots included. I don’t really care much about bridal portraits so we will do engagement. Probably many photographers have similar deals. I LOVE engagement pics! Thanks a lot Pinterest. Lol.

    Post # 15
    2428 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My bff took engagement photos for us and I’m so glad we have them.

    Every photo is a memory and even if you never show them to anyone, they’re still awesome to have so that you can look back on this time.

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