Post # 1
The Fiance and I have our engagement shoot in 2 weeks…but haven’t decided where yet. He tends to like more woodsy/nature backgrounds whereas I prefer more urban settings, so we are trying to find a happy medium. How did you choose your background for your engagement shoot?
Post # 3
What is your wedding going to be like? I think you should try to capture the vibe of your wedding in your engagement photos to set the mood.
We had our engagement shoot out in the snow in a woody park area. We took them there because we wanted to capture the look of our venue (which is a cabin in a maple forest), but we were 600km in another province at the time. It worked out really perfectly!
Post # 4
We did our e-pics in two places… a really nice tree-filled park & a bunch of pictures downtown (whcih meant we got some pictures in front of the pub where we met) so we ended up getting a nice mix of both 🙂
Post # 5
We did our in Greenwich Villiage in nyc, since thats where we went on our first date
Post # 6
@DeathByDesign: I agree with this!
We’re going to where our photographer lives and letting him pick! Mostly cause I’ve always wanted to visit there and he knows the area better than us.
Our engagement photos will be more for the website and for the scrapbook I’m doing (and for us) more than for the wedding. Though… I’ll probably sneak in a cute outfit or two that I’ve loooove to have my photo in, lol. Might even coax my Fiance into taking his costume… maybe. I AM hoping to have my gown by then so I can get a few “bridals” done, too!
Post # 7
We did it in our house and in our backyard. We wanted photos of us in a place that meant something to us rather than just some random park or whatever. I love the ones we took in the backyard (but then again, we have a river for a backyard so it’s pretty awesome) and the ones we took with the cats in the house were more just for me because I love my kitties.
Post # 8
I ditto @DeathByDesign:. We’re doing ours next month. We decided since our venue looks over the Houston skyline, we’d take our engagment picutres with a similar feel. There’s a bridge over the bayou near downtown that gives a perfect shot of the high rises! There’s some other more urban stuff around that way we can easily move and get different shots.
I found where I wanted to do mine by looking at other photographer websites. It helped get an idea for the different places. Possibly look at one that is close to town, but has a park nearby that way your hubby can get his more outdoorsy photos in and yall can move close by to get your urban fix.
Post # 9
We did ours on the campus of the college we graduated from because it is where we met. As a bonus, there are enough varied areas around campus that we were able to get different types of backgrounds too!
Post # 10
Fiance made arrangements for an engagement picture shoot shortly after we got engaged. He wanted to have an announcement in the paper and wanted to use the picture for that. It was at a photo studio and the shoot was pretty much the typical ’tilt you head a bit more to the side and stay like this for 5 minutes and try to smile even though you could not be more uncomfortable’ type of shoot. We got the pictures, had a good laugh because they looked ridiculous, and then hid them away deep in a drawer.
Our wedding package includes credits for an engagement shoot, but it was not our priority. Since we won’t be engaged much longer, we finally decided to have the shoot last weekend. It was great! Our photographers suggested a beach boardwalk as the scenerie and told us to just interact with each other naturally, while they were shooting away. Later that night, they sent us a preview of our pictures and they were just amazing! Clearly, we are not going to do an engagement announcement anymore, less than 4 weeks before the wedding. But I’m very happy with our photographers and confident that they will take beautiful pictures at the wedding.
Post # 11
We chose a really funky setting – an odd place called “Jimbo’s Bait Shack” in Miami – because it has lots of interesting backgrounds in one compact place. All we had to do was walk around a small area to find a bus covered in graffiti, a dock by the water, a park setting with green grass, and colorful shacks. We were able to get tons of different types of shots within an hour.
Post # 12
My engagement pics were taken in our hometown at a very pretty (and tourist-y during the summer..One reason we waited 4 months to take the pics) area. We live at the coast but I didn’t want to do beach pictures, so we opted for “the waterfront,” an area on the opposite side of the ocean where a waterway was created. Its also where he asked me to be his girlfriend and we would hang out there a lot, so it was sentimental for us.
I’d say to use the “vision” you have for your wedding. Our ceremony is going to be outside at a gazebo overlooking the water, so we incorporated that into our pictures.
Here are some of ours and the last pic is where we are getting married
Post # 13
We decided to take the pictures at a nearby inlet. Our wedding is going to be ontop of a mountain, and we wanted to have pictures in a different location. The spot was also special to us, since we went their often when we first started dating.
Post # 14
We took pictures at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. We were down in Georgia doing wedding stuff and our original photographer suggested it as a location. I do love some of our pictures with buildings in the background..
Post # 15
We did our pics in the park, and at the gazebo where Fiance proposed, and then at my families old farm. I asked if we could shoot pics on the property and the current owners not only agreed, but were happy to have us and hear old stories about the place!
Wedding is at a different farm, so…it works!
Post # 16
We did ours at the Texas State Capitol building, which sounds totally cliche’ and it is, but it’s where we met face to face for the first time (we met on a dating website and my Hubby used to be a tour guide there in college). So we HAD to do it there. We also did a little bit by the river/lake that runs through the middle of Austin. We actually ran out of time a little bit because we spent too much time at the Capitol. My hubby kept thinking of more places to go! I wish we had spent more time down by the lake because I found those pictures more appealing than the ones of us in/around the Capitol.