Post # 1
Just wondering if any other photographer bees have done their own engagement photos! I’ve been mulling the idea of shooting ours because I think it would be really intimate and lovely. Ours was a planned engagement and I took the photos then, but I wasn’t so much concerned with the pictures as I was with just being in the moment. And while I took one of my favorite shots of my FI that day, the pictures with me in them are minimal and mostly iPhone selfies!
I do mostly portraits (families, couples, seniors, etc.) so I think I’d really enjoy putting the same thought and planning into our photos and telling our story myself. (Plus, if I do them, there’s no constraints in terms of setting, time, etc.)
I’m going to order a remote but I don’t have any experience shooting with one (yet!). Any advice or recommendations?
This topic was modified 2 years ago by ladybennett. Reason: Punctuation fail!
Post # 2
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 # 3
P.S. I noticed that your URL was named “diy-engagement-photos-2” so I deleted the 2- here’s another person who had the same idea:
Post # 4
geneva2: Thanks for the link, it was helpful and encouraging! Kaelah at the Clueless Girl did her own (beautiful!) engagement photos as well, although she’s far braver than I – hers were on film! http://www.thecluelessgirl.com/2012/06/our-self-shot-engagement-photos.html
I think the oddest part for me will be to set up the shot with only half of the subjects! I am going to pare down my list of poses to keep it simple and therefore easier in that regard. I just thought it would be really fun for us to do together – and because we are currently long-distance, I think it will be nice to have this time to ourselves. (When you measure time together in weeks separated by months, spending two or three hours having pictures taken is not very high on the priority list!)
My remote is on its way, so we’ll see how it goes! Would love any other suggestions or advice 🙂
Post # 5
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 # 6
starfish0116: I absolutely agree on the importance of a professional photographer – I am so excited to be working (assuming the dates check out; still waiting on confirmation) with a photographer whose work I really admire for our wedding! We’ll do post-wedding portraits because we’ll officially have two ceremonies, so I will eventually have formal photographs of us in our own non-wedding clothes. But our engagement photos will mostly be for us – our save the dates do not feature pictures, and we are not doing a wedding website (long story). So for us, since these will mostly be photos for us to have for ourselves, and given our own set of circumstances, I really like the idea of giving it a go on my own. I just think it would be fun.
Post # 7
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
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.