Post # 1
So I need some opinions…
Those who have had engagement shoots… how was it? It seems like, unless you’re pretty relaxed with PDA, that it’d be pretty… awkward?
Were you pleased with how your photos came out? Would you do it again? What would you change?
I’ve seen some nice ones, but I’ve also seen ones that look very… fake or obviously posed? I don’t know. We’re debating having them done. We’d rather do it when it’s summer, but well… it’s winter, and it’s Maryland, so it’s cold. And we hate the cold. lol But we really don’t have any photos of us toegther.
Should we do it if for nothing else, just to test the photographer?
We were considering going to Florida in January, and we might do it there, with a different, local photographer. We wanted the tropical/palm tree/water look, but we can’t get it here, and a destination wedding just excluded too many people.
EDIT: Feel free to post some of your favorites ^_^ ESPECIALLY if you did it in Maryland or D.C.! lol
Post # 3
I haven’t gotten my photos back so I didn’t vote, but I’m predicting they’ll be AWESOME because we just had a blast with our photographer. I think it’s really important to pick the right photographer, one who’s funny and will put you at ease. we started off awkward and shy but really opened up soon after and just had fun being ‘us’.
Post # 4
our pictures turned out amazing, i wouldn’t have changed anything. our photographer is really religious so i was a little worried at first, but it ended up being so fun! you need to just relax and be yourselves, don’t over-think it. and don’t forget to smile.. i think the pictures that look the most fake and posed are ones where the couple is acting too serious.
Post # 5
@mrs_brownie: lol were you worried about him splashing holy water on you? j/k j/k, ^_^ but seriously, that actually did kind of confuse me! What were you worried about in regards to him/her being religious?
Post # 6
I’m going to keep my eye on this thread because I am almost dreading engagement pics, but I do want them. The few times that I’ve been in front of the camera, I have always been awkward and can’t stop thinking how I look or if the photog is getting my best angle, etc. SO is even worse – aside from senior pictures in high school eight years ago, he’s never been photographed by a professional photographer!
However, I think it’s important for us to practice before our wedding day so we can work out the kinks and get somewhat familiar with the process. We are having an intimate DW so our wedding day photog will not be the same as the photog who does our e-pics, but still… we definitely need the practice.
Post # 7
good point about needing the practice… I didn’t think of that o_O
So now it’s whether we wait till it gets warmer, do it now in the cold, or do it in Florida with a random photographer… it’d give us practice and get us the tropical look we wanted, but it wouldn’t test out our photographer… hmm…
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
We had a ton of fun with our photographer doing our E-photos. It didn’t really feel that awkward, but FI was taking full advantage of kissing me. When we saw the preview pictures, I realized that 90% of the time I had no idea where the photographer was during the actual shooting of pictures. My FI and I were just having a great time walking around the River Walk when there were minimal people down there.
Plus, after getting some of the pictures back, I realized that when my FI is standing behind me, I do this weird position with my head/neck that gives me some great double-chin action. Hopefully now that I know what I do, I can make a conscious effort to not do it.
Post # 9
DH and I usually don’t do big PDA – what helped for us is we were in a more private location (my backyard) and our photographer would both tell us how to pose, but then also just let us be natural. It was very relaxed, and I love our e-pics.
About the time of year – we got engaged in December and we waited a long time to do our e-pics. We did them in PA (where my parents live) in late May when we went there for my bridal shower. We had a September wedding, too, and it worked out fine, so remember – you don’t have to do them right away!
Post # 10
@yanamari: Haven’t done them, and don’t plan to.. but my SO did for his first marriage. He said he found them incredibly awkward. He hates having his photo taken in general (like even when we’re on holiday!).
If you’re fairly at ease with having photos taken, it probably won’t be that bad. You could also tell your photog to tone down the cheesy shots.
I do think it’s wise to test the photog out with these, though.
Post # 11
We did epics and I am glad we did! It helped us get to know our photog and ultimately it was fun. We were worried it would be awkward too b/c we aren’t really PDA people but the locations we chose weren’t “busy” and honestly since it’s not our personalities to be all lovey dovey, ooh ahh, our pics don’t reflect that. They reflect US. We did some in softball gear b/c that’s how we met. I think that if you tailor your shoot to fit you and your FI you will be happy with the results. We got them done in October in MD.
Post # 12
We had a free e-pic session with a amateur photographer who wanted to turn pro. The session was completely awkward and we only had 3 decent photos from a whole hour of photos. i.e. the photog took photos from the bottom up which made both of us look chubby; there were photos that were obviously missing; and, she wasn’t quick enough to capture candid shots. However, I learned that what we wanted and don’t want from our photographer which was good. I also think it is a good way to test your photographer’s skills.
Post # 13
We didn’t do formal ones. We just went to Central Park with my friend and she took pictures of us. We mainly wanted a picture to put on our STD, and we ended up with a lot of nice pictures! It wasn’t awkward because we were just with our friend.
Post # 14
Ours came included in our package and the photographer stated that she likes to do that so that she can get to know the couple a little b4 their big day. We had a good time and our pics came out awesome so it helped to reinforce that we made a good choice
Post # 15
We didn’t do them. They seemed like a waste of money because we didn’t want a picture on our STDs and we wouldn’t display pictures of just us in our house (besides wedding pics of course).
Post # 16
Our pics turned out well. It was awkward. I wish we wouldve planned more poses though… because we have a ton of the same side-by-side poses… they all look the same- just different clothes!!!