(Closed) How important is it to get e-pics taken by photographer to “Get to know him”?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Is it a good idea to get e-pics taken by our photographer before the wedding?
    No, it doesn't make any difference : (10 votes)
    33 %
    Yes, it made me feel a lot more at ease : (17 votes)
    57 %
    Other (please specify) : (3 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m wondering this too- we aren’t doing e-pics because I have braces. 

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Could you try to see if the e-pic price could be waived since you will be booking with him? Mine was free because I signed the contract.

    Post # 5
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    347 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I haven’t had my E-pics done yet but I know one of the major reasons we are doing them is because we want to get a feel for how our photogpraher works and want him to get a feel for us. Also, we both tend to blink in pictures ( it’s so hard to get a good pic!) and want him to be able to have time to figure that out before the wedding day!

     

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My e-pics came with the package we purchased. It was pretty nice to get a feel for our photog’s style and feel more comfortable in front of her, but I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary. If it had cost extra we wouldn’t have done it.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    for that deal, i would just book the epics.  What if you don’t like the way he photographs or poses you?  Then you have a chance to tell him exactly what you want.

    Post # 9
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think it is nice if you can make it work but certainly isn’t necessary.

    We have a friend who is a wedding photographer but she already had a wedding booked on our date.  So she did our e-pics and we had a different photographer for a wedding day.  No issues for me!

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I was in your exact position (well, $250 rather than $300, but ykwim). We had some great photos done by our family friend who does photography as a side, and they were great. However, we decided to spring for the additional e-pics with our wedding photog so we’d get to know her style and her work (and her comfort level, we can be pretty silly/goofy/not afraid to change in front of people, etc).

    It was GREAT. We LOVED her pictures, Mr.ND learned how to take her direction really well (he’s not big on getting his photo taken) and it was nice to see how her work turned out. I’d say go for it if you can afford it. One practical appeal you can make to your FI is that it’s much more likely that you’ll decorate the house with your e-pics/couple pics rather than a ton of wedding photos, so the variety will be nice to have. (And you can use the winter pro-pics for holiday cards.)

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    We learned everything we needed to know about our photographers when we met with them before booking. We all looked through their portfolio and albums together, and DH and I pointed out photos we loved, told them what kind of feel we were going for with our wedding, and they explained their process and how they interacted with people so that everyone was as natural and comfortable as possible.

    They were super easy to work with at the wedding, and when we got our photos back I could tell they had listened to every word we said. So IMO if you and your photographer have both done your research and feel comfortable with each other, an e-pic “trial” isn’t necessary.

    Post # 13
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    866 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We didn’t feel the need to do e-pics, so when we met with  our photog to interview/book her we asked to substitute for a CD of images, which according to her a la carte list would cost the same. She agreed, wrote it into the contract, and we were happy with that.

    I’m not a personal fan of engagement photos, and frankly I never felt the need to work with our photog beyond what she and her 2nd shooter will do at the wedding. I think the style and situations are so vastly different that e-pics aren’t a good way to judge anything other than general quality (setup, lighting, etc.) which you’d already have to like before you booked.

    If you have pictures you already love that you didn’t have to pay for, I think the $300 can be better spent elsewhere.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Holy cow, that’s a great price!  I was going to say the same thing as FutureMrsTimmons; our package comes with e-pics & I am really glad it does – but if it didn’t, I don’t think we would pay extra.  HOWEVER, since you’re getting such a great deal for the wedding day coverage, I would spring for the new e-pics & use it as an opportunity to get comfortable with your photographer.  Plus, as previously mentioned, you’ll get some cute holiday photos out of it!  Smile

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Honestly, more that getting comfortable with the photographer, having epics taken helped us become more comfortable in front of the camera. We had never had professional pics taken before, and I didn’t realize how tiring it was! Doing the shoot helped us figure out what poses we liked, what angles, etc. 

    Post # 16
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    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    WHAT DO YOU GET FOR THE $300?

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