Post # 1
To start, my fiance and I both don’t love taking photos. We found a photographer whose style we love and after meeting with them they were on the high end of our budget for the day of photography, but doable. Only problem was it didn’t include engagment photos which was an extra cost. Now I know we could find a photographer that we could afford which would include engagement photos, but I guess we are being picky and really like their style. We talked about it and decided we didn’t really need engagement photos and were only really thinking of doing them for the save the dates. So my question is do you think we will regret not having engagement photos if thats what we decide to do? Anyone on here not do enagement photos?
Post # 3
@cocobe: We aren’t, just because we already have recent photos of us and Fiance hates taking pictures. I think if not a lot pf pictures exist of the two of you, then you might want to take a few (even if you just have a friend take some). But you probably don’t need a two hour photo session with a professional photographer. I have lots of pictures of us on our walls in our home, and I think if we didn’t have any couple shots then I would consider getting engagement photos more seriously. Part of the reason we have so many is because we’ve been dating for 5 years, so we have been to a lot of events together and had a lot of photo oppertunities. If you feel like not enough photos of you exist, then an engagement shoot is an excuse to take some that you know will be nice.
Post # 4
I’ve never understood the point of engagement photos. We didn’t get them, and I don’t regret it. Yet…
Post # 5
We got them done because we really have very few photographs of us together besides like family vacations and such. We both hate having our picture taken but I’m very happy we did them.
Post # 6
I love ours, but you can always have family photos taken another time (with or without kids).
Post # 7
I think you’ll be okay. I got engagement pictures and while I love them, wedding photos are far more important. If it came down to a photographer I loved and no e-pics VS a photographer I liked who could do e-pics, I would pick the one I loved 100%.
Post # 8
We didn’t do them, and I don’t regret it. We have a great wedding photographer and plan to do a holiday picture each year–and once we have kids, a family picture as well. I love looking at others’ engagement pictures, but we didn’t want to do a session because we wanted to spend more money on wedding photography (plus, we hate taking pictures).
Post # 9
I wouldnt sacrafice a wedding photographer I loved for another just because it included e-pics. We didnt get e-pics and dont regret it.
Post # 10
I absolutely love ours and would definitely regret not doing them, BUT with that being said, we have like zero photos together throughout our relationship. I mean, maybe a few here or there, but very few good ones and none of them professional. So doing the photos for us are a way to have professional photos done not in wedding garb, photos we can use for our save the date’s, and something we can have for years to come.
If you have lots of photos, then I could see this not being of importance, but if you don’t then I may reconsider having some done.
Post # 11
We took our own engagement photos. Literally with my lil digital elf Canon camera and a tri-pod. My mother came along to push the button. We used the photos once for our Save-The-Date Cards…but thats it. I dont regret “not doing” them at all!
Post # 12
I struggled with this too. My photographer for my wedding day is kind of expensive in my opinion, but her pictures are amazing. However I couldn’t afford her $800 price tag for engagement pics. But I finally found one who will do an engagement shoot for $100 and since I always wanted engagement pics, I thought it was worth it. How many times in your life do you get professional photos done?
Post # 13
It depends. I’m 100% happy we did engagement photos because then we realized that the photographer we had booked for our wedding did not have the same vision as we did and the customer service IMO was terrible. Had we not had the trial run of an engagement session, I would’ve never known. FWIW, we liked our photographer’s portfolio but our shoot just didn’t deliver.
However, if you are confident about your photographer, then no, engagement sessions are not a necessity.
Post # 14
We got engagement photos as part of our photography package. While we didnt really want to do them, the photographer insisted we did. It was a wonderful experience and it gave us a chance to get to know the photographer and how he works. And it allowed the photographer to get a sense of exactly what we wanted out of our wedding photos!
Post # 15
We didn’t have many photos of us, and we had a friend who does photography on the side who wanted to do it for free. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have done it. That said, I’m really glad we did. I love those photos.
Post # 16
thanks so much for all the responses. While I think it would be nice to have professional photos together in “regular” clothes I agree that sacraficing the quality photographer (in our opinion) with a “cheaper” photographer just to get professional engagement photos wouldn’t be worth it. I do like the idea of just doing them ourselves with a friend taking the photos, just so we have something. I did ask the photographer about the whole creating a relationship during the engagement sessions so that the wedding wouldn’t be the first time shooting us and they said we could hang out and get dinners and get to know each other ahead of time so I liked that.