Post # 1
Our photographer said that he would do our e-pics for $300, and it would be a good opportunity for a “trial run” before the wedding, just so we can get to know him better and how he works. BUT, we already had e-pics taken by FI’s friend.
What are your thoughts on working with the photographer before the wedding? Does it make any difference?
I would love to get winter e-pics done, but FI isn’t sure if he wants to spend the $300 since we already got some pictures for free.
Post # 3
I’m wondering this too- we aren’t doing e-pics because I have braces.
Post # 4
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
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
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 # 7
@OhBeeHive84: I don’t think that is an option (although you’re right, that would be ideal). We are already getting a really good deal as it is ($2000 for 12 hours of coverage and a photobooth).
Post # 8
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
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
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
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 # 12
@MrsTVLover: That’s what I was thinking. I would like to get to know how he works.
@indibee: FI isn’t the most photogenic either lol.. Yes, it would be nice to have a variety of photos.. Our original e-pics were taken in the fall, so I thought winter would be cool. Great idea about the holiday pictures! I didn’t think about that.
@linguo42: Thanks for your input. It definitely would be a good idea to sit down and look at his albums and point out poses we like. We have met him and talked about the wedding, but not about specific pictures we want.
Post # 13
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
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!
Post # 15
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
WHAT DO YOU GET FOR THE $300?