Post # 1
I’d really appreciate hearing everyone’s thoughts and advice on the importance of engagement pictures. I’m considering skipping them for a number of reasons, in particular, Fiance and I won’t be able to have them done until two months before our wedding. We’ll have already sent our Save-The-Date Cards, set up our website, etc., by then, and we’ll have just moved and will be really busy. I’ve heard a lot of people say that having an engagement session made them feel more comfortable with the photographer on their wedding day and that their pics turned out better because of it. I’ve also heard that the engagement session is a good “test run” to work out any issues, see what types of angles, etc. you like best. I’d love to hear your opinions on how important they are and why you chose to do them or skip them. Thank you!
Post # 3
I don’t think they’re important at all, to be honest. It’s just a matter of preference.
Post # 4
@the_future_mrs: Thanks! Are you planning to skip them as well?
Post # 5
I think they’re only as important as you think they are. I do think it is a great opportunity to work out kinks like you mentioned, but that’s not even why we did them. We just wanted some extra semi-formal pictures to hang, put in a photo book, etc.
Post # 6
We just had ours. I don’t think they’re that important but it was nice to get to work with our photographer and get to learn her style of shooting.
Post # 7
I don’t think that they are important… we are skipping them. I guess they would be fun if yu had the money, but I don’t think that they are important at all.
Post # 8
@whitenights: Originally I wanted them, admittedly.
But to be honest I just can’t justify spending like, $800+ for a few hours and pictures. I know I love my Fiance, I don’t need to have a bunch of pictures to prove it!
I’ll obviously have a wedding photographer, but E-pics just weren’t a priority to me in the least.
Post # 9
Didn’t have them and don’t regret it. Our wedding pictures were quite informal anyway.
Post # 10
We are skipping them! Partly because of time, party because of money, and mostly because we just didn’t think we needed them. We definitely don’t regret that choice and no one has mentioned “missing” them.
Post # 11
@whitenights: I almost skipped ours, until I found out they were included with our wedding photography package. Now I’m happy I did not skip them. I like the more natural look (as far as clothes, setting, poses go). Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited and plan to frame and put up our wedding photos, but it’s also nice to have professional pictures in comfortable/casual clothes displayed around the house as well. 🙂
Post # 12
i think they’re nice to have as a memento but i don’t think they’re essential. My favourite engagement pic of Fiance and i is one that was taken by a family friend at our engagement party. I’d rather keep the money towards the wedding. Perhaps its because i’m British and engagement pics aren’t a big deal here though…
Post # 13
I voted somewhat important. We had them done as part of family portraits with our son. If we weren’t doing new family pictures, we wouldn’t have done them. Also, they were done a few years ago so if we use pictures on STD, we will have to get new ones done! This time around, we will just have a friend with a nice camera and a good eye do them instead of paying $$$ for pictures.
Post # 14
We skipped them. We’re not “picture people” anyway, so it was never even considered.
Post # 15
I voted very important, but that’s my opion for ME personally as a bride, and my opinion as a photographer. By the time we have ours taken, we’ll also only be a couple of months out from the wedding. That’s just how it happens to work timing wise. Fiance has a job that keeps him travelling internationally and makes it hard to book things. Our STD’s have also already gone out.
For me, and what I tell my clients is that engagement photos are important for various reasons:
1. It’s a great way to get to know your photographer, and for them to get to know you. It also helps them to see how you handle being in front of the camera, and things they should be aware of on your wedding day. (sidenote: It’s super beneficial for me, because it gives me a whole session to get shy clients comfortable with me and the camera, that way, when their wedding rolls around they’re a little more acclimated.)
2. For most couples (myself included…photographers aren’t expempt from this…hehe0, the engagement photos are the only professional photos a couple will have together in “regular” clothing. I know for me, my walls are bare. We’ve been in our current home for 5 years and still don’t have any photos of us personally hanging up. As much as I know I’ll want to hang wedding photos, I would also like some regular clothes pictures.
3. Guestbook. I plan to use the photos from our engagement session to have a coffee table photo guestbook designed. I don’t want a boring traditional guestbook, and sadly, we don’t have enough personal photos of us together to compile a regular one. Fiance *hates* having his picture taken, ironic that he’s marrying a photographer, and so we really don’t have that many good photos of us together.
Post # 16
Didnt have them done and dont really miss them. We have boat loads of pictures together already and didnt see the need for it.