DIY Engagement Photos

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

A non-professional photog enthusiast friend of ours picked up a camera during Oktoberfest and they turned out so fun, we are thinking of using one for our save the dates. Clearly a very different experience than what you are looking to do, but I just figured I would drop the line just to say that as a photographer, I’m guessing you will figure out a great way to DIY your engagement photos and have them come out great. No need to pay someone else 300+ to take a photo when you are so obviously capable. Would love to see what you come out with!

Post # 5
4729 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

ladybennett:  As a wedding photographer myself, I just really value photography. Another photographer once said in a conversation when referring to their wedding : “Any good photographer hires a GREAT photographer for their photos”. I would never in a million years attempt to DIY my own engagement photos, but that’s just me. Shooting remotely using a tripod is NOT easy. I don’t know your shooting style, but I shoot primarily wide open at all time and that just doesn’t lend itself to tripod and remote shooting. The slightest move of your tripod or shift in your subject’s placement and you aren’t nailing your focus. Seems like a really big hassle to me. I would hire another professional who you love, and let them bring your vision to life.

Post # 7
1272 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

ladybennett:  FI and I DIYed our engagement photos at first. We had a long engagement so we took some ourselves in the first year of being engaged. Just used a tripod and timer, and it worked out nicely. They were great quality and some really nice shots of us, but I didn’t share them with my fam at all because I wasn’t totally happy with them. This year, however, we booked our wedding photographer, and the photo packages came with a free engagement session, so we decided to take advantage of it. The photos were 1000x better!! There’s just something about another person being able to move around and capture the moments in a way that you just can’t do yourself. Our photographer was able to really capture our personalities, and our happiness showed through the photos in a way that our DIYed photos just couldn’t do. I’m thankful the session was included with our wedding stuff because otherwise we probably wouldn’t have done pro photos.


Post # 8
80 posts
Worker bee

My mother, who has no photography experience, took ours and I think some of the photos are sooo pretty! We can be shy about posing and I didn’t want a stranger to do it. I think you could give it a go! What do you have to loose? Save the money, goodness knows weddings already cost enough! : ) Although, I will say we hired a pro for the day itself. 

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