Post # 1
I love engagment sessions, I’ve even done a few for friends. FI and I scheduled our engagement session about a month from now in Sept. and I am SO excited! I love our phorographer and really am looking forward to working with her before the wedding.
One thing I’ve noticed with engagment photos though is that there are very rarely shots of both people looking at the camera and smiling at the same time. I am all about capturing our love and affection for eachother during our engagment but I also want some nice professional photos of us looking happily at the camera.
Am I missing the point of engagment photos? Are the smiling photos usually taken but just not included in portfolio/blog posts?
Post # 2
We got a TON of us looking away from the camera and towards eachother. They were so beautiful and we loved them. But it was really important to me that we get some good shots smiling and facing the camera. Make it clear to your photographer before the shoot at you want at least __ number of poses with you two looking at the camera and smiling! She/he will be happy to abide. They let them take over for the more intimate shots. They will direct you and the experience in front of the camera before the big day will definitely put your mind at ease.
Post # 3
just let your photographer know soon. she/he is working for you and should get all the shots you need
Post # 4
Our photographer didn’t really ask for our input for our engagement photos, but she did ask for it for our wedding photos. Things like if we wanted certain pictures taken, if we had inspiration photos or a Pinterest board of poses, etc. Perhaps you could do something similar for when, as the other people suggest, you talk to your photographer? More for inspiration, not necessarily to tell him/her what to do throughout the entire shoot, because that would be a little irritating to the photographer, I’m sure. 😛
Post # 5
We just had our shoot yesterday and she made sure to include a few photos of us looking at the camera and smiling. But what I loved were the photos where she told us where to sit/stand and said “just talk to each other” or “just be together”. I for sure wanted shots of us smiling at the camera but I think the essence of an engagement shoot (for me anyway!) was to capture our relationship and love for each other as naturally as possible 🙂
I found our photographer was very accomodating with certain poses I did want (like him kissing my hand with the ring in focus and a few close ups of our hands and the ring) so I’m sure if you mention how important it is to have certain poses your photographer will be happy to oblige! After all, they are your photos and you should be able to have exactly what you want!
I loved having ours done, have fun, and congratulations!! 🙂
Post # 6
Definitely tell your photographer which poses you want! I did the mistake to trust entirely that the photographer would guess what I wanted… ahah. I thought, for one, that it would be a no-brainer that I wanted a pic of my engagement ring… well.. I don’t have one. nope. and we don’t have much close-ups of our faces so you can barely recognize us in most pics… However the pics look awesome and professional at least!
Post # 7
Lalavla: This is where picking a photographer who you 100% love is the most important part of photographer shopping. My engagement sessions are a good mix of both looking at the camera and relaxed interacting portraits. There are some photographers who are 100% candid, while others are 100% posed. It’s important to be thorough when looking at portfolios and choose someone who does exactly what you’re looking for. If you look a photographer who is primarily a candid shooter, you probably won’t get much posed stuff. Likewise, a really traditional shooter won’t give you a lot of natural photos that show emotion. If you’ve already booked your photographer make sure to tell them that a few shots of you looking and smiling are important. That being said, if it’s not their style they probably won’t do many of them.
Post # 8
Lalavla: A huge number of ours are of us looking at the camera. There are no over his shoulder shot of me. I think that’s just weird. There are a number of us looking at each other, etc. But nearly half both of us are looking at the camera.
There’s a whole series of me falling over. I was goofing around and wrapped my leg around him and then promptly fell over. The photographer caught the whole thing. It’s kind of hilarious, my FI is trying to stop me from falling and the last shot the two of us are cracking up. I’m so glad he got them.
I actually put up a full album on FB of our ‘outtakes’ they are awesome. There’s a few where he cracks up laughing, then in the next frame you can see I’m laughing and trying to hide it.
Tell your photographer what you want. We didn’t want a really stuffy portrait session. (Though we were posed a lot of the time.) And we did want some fun photos, we didn’t want to take it too seriously. And he knew we wanted all the shots, even the ‘bad’ ones.
Post # 9
Mrs.B2015: foreverlovex: dodikins: FutureMrs.Cammack: thesummerangel: ahh I hadn’t seen you all replied to my post! thank you so much! I will most definitely let my photog know that I want at least a few posed shots and then let her get creative. We’ll be taking our at a theme park so there’ll be lots of opportunity for some fun shots!
starfish0116: I couldn’t agree more! I did a great amount of research for our photographer when and I love our photographer. I looked through everything she’s posted as well as asked for a full wedding. So I know we’re good on the wedding coverage! Just she seems to post all the looking away shots on her blog and such for engagement sessions, I never really thought about asking for engagment photos since it’s included in our package and they are more so a nice to have.
sostobe: that’s so awesome about the candid “outtakes”!! I hope we get some of those too 🙂
Post # 10
Just a quick update we had our engagement photos yesterday and while there were a good bit of looking at eachother pictures most of them, without me having to ask, were straight on. Or at least i think lol. I can’t wait to see them!!