Post # 1
We have booked the photographer for our wedding, but the package doesn’t come with engagement photos. They cost $295 for the session (with image CD) or $650 (with image CD and personalized guest book). Considering we’re already spending a lot on wedding photos, it seems like a lot of extra money! Having said that, I’ve seen some really great engagement photos. I think it would be good to get to know the photographer a bit before the wedding, so we feel comfortable with him on the actual day. I’m torn…
Are you getting engagement photos? Or if you have, would you say it was worth it?
Post # 3
We got e pics done. They turned out great and we were really happy that we did it. I do think it is good to work with your photographer before the day of the wedding. You can see the kind of energy everyone has around eachother etc. I would say do it, but dont get the one with the guestbook. That is a rediculous price for one IMO. I think you could do one online yourself with your pics as long as you have the CD just make sure you get a print release. E pics are fun, my vote is to do it if you can fit it in your budget!!
Post # 4
I am not getting engagement photos, but it was a difficult decision to make.
One reason is the added price-ours would be $300 also and I would rather put that money towards something else.
Another reason is purely personal preference-although I would love to have our pictures made, they just aren’t really our “style” I guess. I think a lot look cheesy and I could never in a million years get my Fiance to pose for some of them. Plus, I realized I wanted to get them mostly because everyone else gets them.
The big reason I considered getting them was the same as yours-we wanted to get to know our photographer better before the wedding. This is a huge risk and I guess we will see how it works out!
I say, if you love e-pics and you think they’re an intergral part of the engagement process, get them. $300 is a lot less than most things you’re spending on your wedding, plus they will last forever.
Post # 5
Ours were included in the package and we love how they turned out. It was really nice to get a feel for how the photog poses people and uses lighting. Also, she does photojournalistic pics, so they were more “Tell her your favorite thing about her” and cute stuff to get natural poses. Fiance and I actually felt closer to each other afterward, it was just fun. I honestly think the extra cost is worth it if you can afford it, but then, my photog costs almost as much as the rest of the wedding budget, so you can see my priorities lol
ETA: We received 76 beautiful, edited shots, and I know she took a lot more, so we only got the best.
Post # 6
It was a really great experience to be able to work with our photographer prior to the wedding and get more comfortable in front of the camera. And we got some really nice photos to share with our family. That said, I wouldn’t pay extra for the session – we weren’t planning on doing e-pics but our photog included them in our wedding package.
Post # 7
definitely worth it! I don’t have any pictures of Fiance and I together. Now I do, and they are really nice to hang around the house. 🙂
Post # 8
We got engagement photos and…uh, yeah, in retrospect, I kind of regret it. I hadn’t chosen a photographer yet, so I went with one the took a friend’s photos. They turned out so-so… neither me nor my fiance are very photogenic and the guy used film…we got maybe 5 shots out of 80 that looked frameable.
It felt kind of fake and self-indulgent, especially knowing I’m going to have wedding photos in just a year. Besides, I have a lot of great photos of the two of us in our plain clothes.
So yes, I really wish I had saved the money for something else.
Post # 9
@QBbride: I would highly recommend them if they’re in your budget (so maybe the one w/o the photo guestbook).
Mr.ND and I had a GREAT time, got to know our photographer very well, and we got some fabulous photos. Mr.ND needs a bit of direction when it comes to photos, so it was nice to have him get used to how to pose or just be more ‘relaxed but photogenic’ in our shots. Plus, we’ll be displaying a lot more of our e-pics around the house because they’re more everyday-us, where our wedding shots will be a bit more special/not displayed as much.
Post # 10
I recommend them generally. It’s a good way to get comfortable with your photographer, and get used to posing for the camera (unless you’re a model you probably haven’t done a lot of the posing that will be asked of you). If it’s at all inside your budget go for it. If you’d like the guest book make one yourself! Sites like my publisher are user friendly, and you could certainly use photos from a disc.
Post # 11
We didn’t think it was worth the expense…and we really didn’t have the extra money. So, we got my sister to take some of us in a local garden. We got some OKAY shots..but I’m super jealous of all these women with their gorgeous engagement photos. If you can swing it, I would say do it!
Post # 12
Ours were also included an I’m really glad we did it. It gave us a chance to A. get comfortable in front of the camera, and B. get comfortable with our photographer.
Plus we ended up with awesome pics of us all over the city. We turned our photos in our guest book, so they will be showcased at the wedding.
Post # 13
300 for a portrait session with a CD of images is a really good deal. It will get you comfortable in front of the camera, get to know your photographer better, and a good test on what to expect during the day of. In addition, you will get nice portraits of yourself to use in the mean time, seems like a lot of value to me for 300.
Post # 14
I didn’t end up getting e-photos. It just wasnt worth the few extra hundred to me at the time. The only reason I wish I did it, would have been to get a feel for the photog and see how we looked in the pics and what sort of poses we liked.
Post # 15
We decided to go for it. We weren’t planning to originally, but we were thinking about how neither of us seem to photograph very well for the most part so we don’t have many great pictures of us in street clothes. This also means we don’t really have any good photos to use on our wedding website or if we wanted to have picture save the dates, plus FI’s mom would love to have some nice photos of us to put up in her house. Also since we are having a Destination Wedding we probably won’t get to handpick our wedding photog so who knows if we will even get tons of photos we love out of that. I think if you can afford it then it is a nice thing to do, but I am not sure it is something I would overstretch my budget for. And the package with the guest book does sound like a lot!!
Post # 16
We got epics done, and paid extra for them. I guess I didnt communicate our vision well enough. The pics are okay, but I really wanted some up close ones for our Save-The-Date Cards. Ended up upset.
Then my mom offered to take more of us. They were amazing!! We ended up using those for our Save-The-Date Cards and we will use more for our guestbook.
My advice is to have someone you know take some, just to see if you get what you want for free. If those pics dont work for you, then go to your photographer. We wish we had saved the $200!!