Post # 1
Hi Bees! I cant decide whether or not we should have engagement pics done. I feel like there are some positives:
1. Get comfortable with our Photog
2. Get comfortable in front of the camera in general
3. We need a good picture for our Save-The-Date Cards and our wedding announcement
4. I dont think we are going to get as many city pics on our wedding day and this will give us an opportunity to get them done.
hahahaha. What do you think? For the people who have done it, is it worth it? For people who havent do you regret it or are you happy you saved the money?
Post # 3
The pro’s really outweigh the cons! It will help your photographer too. They will learn how they can best push you to get your best, and you can learn if they do something you don’t like… And, we can learn which “side” is your best, etc…
It’s kinda like a hair and makeup trial, do you just go into that blindly? Or without tasting your food, cake, etc….
Most photogs include a complimentary portrait session… Have you booked your photog yet?
Post # 4
I’m really glad we did our Engagement Pictures. I totally agree with you about being comfortable with your photographer before the actual wedding date. This gives you a chance to get to know them, and to open up to them & they also get to know your style a little better. If it’s not TOO much more I would definitely go for it!
Post # 5
We are planning to do them. Our photographer threw in a session to our package for free. The main thing I’m hoping to get out of it is to practice having pictures taken, since it makes me kind of uncomfortable, and with the major investment in wedding pics I want to be sure I look decent LOL. How much does your photographer want to charge? Could you ask for a short session (30 minutes or something) and just to get negatives on disc? I think it’s worth doing for the practice factor, but I wouldn’t sink a lot of money into it (more than a few hundred).
Post # 6
we did not do them – and I never regetted it for a day. Darling Husband and I (FI at the time) had SO MANY photos of us, I didnt really ever have the desire to have more. I met the photographer and we clicked, and I brought her in 2 days early to the site so we could spend some time together. We didnt send out Save-The-Date Cards (we figred the people we want there already have the date reserved so why send something out?) so we really didnt have a need for them.
Here is the thing – e-pics were included in our package price, so she offered to do a love shoot later on (again, we dont really need more photos of us since we do have 900 from the wedding) so we’ll use her for a baby shoot or a TTD for her portfolio or something. But for us, they werent worth it.
The PPs make some good points though – I just felt comfortable enough to go ahead and wing it (I also didnt do a hair trial, so thats just how I roll =o) )
Post # 7
The Fiance is kind of being a negative nancy about the whole thing! I think when he pictures e-pics he sees really cheesey old school shots that are boring and lame. I am not even 100% sure that I want them, but the more he argues against it the more I DO want them! hahaha. Isnt that always the way it goes?
We have not picked our photog yet, but our wedding planner has suggested someone that we are going to meet with. I checked out his website and his pics look cute and fun and that is what I want so we shall see!
Post # 8
I was in the same boat as KellyV, we didn’t do them & I have no regrets.
We would of only used them to post pics on our website and we soooo many other pics of us that i LOVE. Plus at the wedding I wanted to have pics of us through the years and special pics, like special events we went to, vacations, graduation, etc.
Post # 9
I am so glad this was brought up! I keep thinking the same thing! To do engagement photos or not… Here is my question. Are the engagement photos included in the photo package for the wedding photos or is this a seperate cost?! I really want to do them, but not if its too expensive! The Fiance thinks they are stupid but I really like the idea! What have some of you ladies come across?!
Post # 10
I was not going to do them but then I entered a contest on charmcityblogs.com and won a free engagement session! It’s with a different photographer than who we’re using for the wedding – BUT hey it’s free, and it’ll be a good way to loosen up in front of the camera.
We go get them done at the end of March. I’ll be sure to share them on here once they’re done!
Post # 11
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
I’m SO glad we did e-photos! We didn’t do them with our wedding photographer, because of cost, but we had a photographer friend do them and they turned out great. It’s so nice to have some really good pictures of us together!
Post # 12
@MissBella – each photog is different from my experience (whether included or not.) Both Fiance and I at the time thought it was a waste of time. We had friends do it and get some GREAT photos out of it, but we were indifferent because we wouldnt have used them anywhere. If its included in the package, go ahead and def take advantage! We jsut switched ours, like I said, from the e-shoot to a post wedding shoot somewhere down the line. Like I said, probably baby
Post # 13
We didn’t do them either; just took a mock e-pic (walked out in the yard, wore nice clothes, popped our digi on a tripod and used the timer) for pics for announcements, etc. I am definitely not knocking e-pics, because they are totally awesome, but they definitely were not a “must” for us =)
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Mine were part of our photography package so we didn’t think of it in terms of $$… but I think it would have been worth paying for. We not only got some great pictures, but the chance to see what NOT to do in our wedding pictures. When I get really goofy, I make this incredibly stupid face that made a bunch of our pictures totally unusable, so that was good to know so that I don’t do it again!
Post # 15
mine were part of our package and we even tried to get out of doing them, but our photographer told us how important it was – and she was TOTALLY right! we were so awkward at first and it really gave us time and practice to be comfortable with the camera and her. i would recommend them for sure – especially if you’re a little shy!
Post # 16
- Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception
We did them, but I totally don’t think they are necessary. I would have been quite content not having them done at all. Between them and our wedding photos, I mean really…how many photos do I need of myself?! hehe.
Although it was good in terms of getting comfortable in front of the camera as a couple.