Post # 1
What were everyone’s reasons for getting engagement pictures? Personally, I like them. I think they’re very personal and its a great way for couples to have some nice pictures as a couple! My FI and I, even though we’re going on 3 years, don’t have all that many pictures of us together and I know we aren’t alone in that.
My brother and his FI got some engagement pictures done and they’re VERY nice. They were taken about a month ago when the leaves were super colorful here. They posted some on facebook…
About a week or so later, a family friend (same age as my brother) had a status saying that she finds engagement photos nauseating and that they’re “fake” and couples want to seem like they’re the perfect, happy couple when in fact they’re not.
I was actually kind of offended (I know… offended for someone else… kind of a waste of energy), but I felt like that was a very rude thing to say. Not just because I felt like maybe she was targeting my brother and his FI but also because there are so many people that have e-pics online!
All the people that commented were the types that seem to think they are “so intelligent”, “clever”, “unique” and “creative” and these neaderthals who get e-pics are sooo uninspired. Hahaha. Honestly, I thought those people sounded EXTREMELY arrogant!
What are your thoughts on e-pics? Are they nauseating to you? To me, even if they aren’t all that creative – they don’t have to be! I like seeing couples in love. It makes me happy. I just assumed that others felt the same… there is so much sadness, anger, and arrogance in the world… I love seeing the innocent love!
Post # 3
We got them for two reason. 1) We wanted some nice pictures of us together. 2) My friend wanted to be our photographer for the wedding, so we were testing out her skills.
Post # 4
Ehh….they came with the photography package. Otherwise I might have just skipped them altogether.
Post # 5
@Lyndzo: That’s what I figured most people’s reasons would be! Personally, I’d want to test out a photographer first (my brother and his FI’s reason too) and its just nice having pictures together… they wanted some for STD’s too.
Post # 6
I would never do them but I think they’re fine, if they make you happy, who cares what other people say? Go for it!
Post # 7
That sounds like a bunch of sour grapes, to me 🙂
I love seeing pople happy and in love too! The only engagement pictures I don’t tend to like are those which look really forced and unnatural. I don’t mean the setting – I love field pictures, even if it is a city couple, and vice versa! I mean the interaction. I think as long as the focus is on each other, e-pics are awesome.
Post # 8
I think they are very important for both the photographer and the couple. The photographer doesn’t really know the couple’s style or what is important to them without working with them. The engagement shoot is a great time to get to know eachother and to figure out the best way to work together.
Post # 9
Meh, I really don’t give them a second thought either way. Sure, they’re cheesy, but who cares? It’s fun. We didn’t do them because we would have had to pay extra and because we figured the wedding would give us more than enough formal pics of us together to sustain us for years to come. If they’d been included in the package, we probably would have done them to get our money’s worth.
Post # 10
As a photographer, I offer them to my clients complimentary. Its up to them if they want to take pictures or not. I highly recommend them. It gives the photographer a chance to get to know the bride and groom before they spend the wedding day together. Kinda makes for a more comfortable, and fun day together on the wedding day. Also, it’s great posing practice and something to have fun with before the wedding. Some grooms are up tight at engagement sessions and they are more relaxed for wedding pictures because they feel like pros after and engagement sessions. You know how men are..so full of themselves in a funny kinda way.
Post # 11
They just sound jealous. We wanted e pics so that all of our distant family members could see us before the wedding via the STDs.
Post # 12
I think our generation is exposed to a lot more professional photography for milestones than in previous generations – we do engagement shoots, boudoir shoots, bridal portraits, newborn shoots, pregnancy shoots… It gets to be a bit much.
We declined the engagement shoot that came in our photography package and scored all-day photography with TWO shooters for an absurdly low price, especially for the Boston area.
Post # 13
I wanted nice pictures of my FH and I… plus we have something for the STDs (and Christmas presents for parents!!!)
Post # 14
I took them because I wanted nice pictures of my DH and me. One of the e-pics is going on our Christmas cards this year because DH the lazy bum silly man he is didn’t want to bother going out to take proper Christmas pictures. see? e-pics have a purpose! 😛
they just sound like sour grapes.
Post # 15
I think they’re ok. I like the ones that are more like art, than (sorry to say it) boring nauseating lovey dovey couple pictures. I’d never just display a picture focused on us looking lovingly at each other, but with amazing scenery or something, then maybe. We didn’t doing it since it wasnt in the package and we didnt want to pay for it on their own since we have tons of pictures together.
Post # 16
@jmaze: Yes! I know what you mean! My brother is very uptight about having his picture taken, so I’m sure getting to know the photographer before hand helped him loosen up!