Post # 1
I am working with a really small budget. One of the things I have decided to cut out is an Engagement photo shoot. Will I regret this later on down the line? It will save me about $400 to nix. But that also means no guest photo book with professional pictures. For reference I am having a small wedding of about 60 people.
Post # 3
Do you have a friend who is handy with a camera? If you’re just looking for one or two good shots then an afternoon with a friend and a DSLR might do the job?
Post # 4
I don’t think you’ll miss it. People were having wedding photography without engagement sessions for years. There are definite benefits to it, but if you really can’t afford it, no big deal.
What is a guest book with photos in it??
Post # 5
@babykoala: $400 for engagement photos seems like a lot of money. Ours were valued at $190, though it didn’t cost us extra because it was part of our wedding photog package. I would suggest having a friend take some photos or finding a cheaper photog if you really want engagement photos.
We did engagement photos because 1) they were included in our package, 2) it was a great way to “test” out our photog, 3) we used them for save the dates and 4) in the 10 years we have been together, we didn’t have any professional pics of us.
If you aren’t so keen on engagement photos, then I would suggest nixing them.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
I am a photographer and LOVE getting our portraits done. We did our save the date photos in September and are getting more done just for fun in the snow at Lake Louise and then we will set up a tripod down by the tracks for a few shots. But I am a portrait photographer for a living so this isn’t a big deal for us. I think it is an important milestone in your relationship that you should document. No need to spend $400 though. There is no pressure for engagement photos a handy friend with an SLR will do jsut fine.
Post # 7
Thanks! I do have a friend with an slr camera that I can probably ask to take a few pics.
@futuremrsk18 a photo guest book is an alternative to a regular guest book. You have a photo book with engagement pics made and leave space or blank pages for guests to sign and write their best wishes.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Nope. We had a shorter engagement (6 months), and so we skipped on engagement photos, party, etc. No regrets- the money we would have spent towards either of those went towards something else.
And, I’d rather see a photo guest book with photos throughout your relationship (fun ones from Halloween, cute ones from other weddings, etc.) than just staged engagement shoot photos.
Post # 9
@babykoala: As a pro wedding photographer . . . I actually feel like you’ll be fine without these. They are GREAT for getting to know and work with your photographer, but if you feel good on that front and the savings would be helpful, I wouldn’t worry about it. I would just make sure you build in enough time on your wedding day to get a good number and variety of portraits. You can always do something like a newlywed or one year anniversary shoot after the wedding for regular portraits of you! And rather than a whole book, I’ve seen couples just get one really nice photo, matte it, and have guests sign all around it like this. It’s a nice thing to have and hang up in your home rather than a book that might get tucked away and not enjoyed as much.
Post # 10
Didn’t have one, didn’t miss it! 🙂
Post # 11
They are great to have for a huge variety of reasons but if it buys you more time on your wedding day that’s more important!
Post # 12
We had a friend do them and I don’t regret it. We didn’t have a lot of nice pictures of the two of us, and now we have a nice set. I’m not sad that they aren’t more professional (although she did a beautiful job and they look great!). I haven’t really looked at them in the past year, though (we got engaged in August of last year).
Post # 13
@babykoala: I vote do best of both worlds get a friend and 1st show them the frame you want (hold the camera and point it as the distance with teh background and spacing you want)
then go pose in that space take alot more shot then you feel like hold the ame pose anddont move much so they can get the good shot tthen change it up a lil by little and then when your ready o move to a new spot find what you like shoot the frame again to show them what you want in the pick and do it all over
keep doing that til you have tried enough and look over what you got I am sure you will get lots of good shots also practice finding your angles in a mirror and look up shots online you would liek to try and do your self
you should get something just find a firend who wont mind spending a bit of time doing this … then take htem for dinner or drinks much cheaper then photograhper and i bet you will get something
if not see if you think you need one i bet you will get something thought and remind the people never to cut off your feet … thats one thing i find ppl do alot they over do the top giving way more to the sky then needed so remind then to try and keep a balance shot of the rame you shoulded them
Post # 14
Engagement photos are a pretty new trend and definitely not necessary unless it’s something you really, really want. I don’t think you would regret not having any.
Post # 15
@babykoala: I made my guestbook through shutterfly and I put pictures of us throughout our 10 year relationship. I had an engagement shiot and only used 2 pix from the shoot
I didnt want to use only engagement pix bc we had been together so llong so I wanted to show how we have grown together.
Post # 16
@babykoala: And if our engagement pix were not included in our package…we wouldnt have done it. Like PP said its a fairly new trend. Maybe you can have a friend just take a few pix