(Closed) Anybody else think engagement photos are cheesy?

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Post # 62
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I agree. The silly posed ones with the signs and props and stuff are what I don’t like (for myself). I can not picture myself posing for that, or sending it anyone and not being embarrassed and feeling like a weirdo. I don’t mean any offense by that, they just aren’t “me”.

Our photographer comes with a package to do engagement photos. So I will use that to take nice normal smiling photos of us together, but none of the other kind.

Post # 63
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I felt that way at first, but I am glad that I had them done.  My fiance and I didn’t really have any good photos together.

Post # 64
950 posts
Busy bee

I think the gimmicky ones can be cheesy, but when the couple is comfortable and seem to be in their element they’re usually very nice.

Post # 65
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am excited about ours!  My photographer and I have come up with some unique “prop” ones….which, if anyone knows us, knows WHY thsese were chosen…

we’re doing 1950’s housewife in weird places….like taking trash out in front of a stop sign, and ironing in the middle of a field….(we live near a field)….

I think it will be fun, and it’s a play on how our life is NOT that…that’s why I want to do that…I’m queen of irony and sarcasm so it makes sense…also, our photographer can pull these off without cheese factor…she’s great, and everything she does looks natural…which is great…(especially since my Fiance has the same “smile” (read-grimace) for all pics he’s in)  So him focusing on something else might help as well….

I’ve seen the cheesy ones before, but they’ve suited my friends cause they are full of cheese…lol…

You need to choose a photographer that suits you….and that’s when the e photos look real

Post # 66
1293 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

@Treejewel19:  My hope is that we’ll have the shoot at a home, once we buy it.  Minks + Junior Mink + New Home.


Post # 67
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

personally, it just doesnt seem real to me. i like pictures that are capturing us in the moment, in our everyday life. i like the emotions we share in natural whatever day to day photographs, not fake posed pictures. plus, what do you do when you have been together 8 years and engaged for….well i dont even remember. it was just a simple, will you marry me. and look we have made it through so much without a fancy diamond ring and no fancy proposal in France. its not the end of the world if you dont have engagment photos. kinda stupid. you could pay $100 to get some great family photos done for a couple of hours. as soon as someone puts the word ”wedding” into the name they charge an a$$ load of money. you dont need to pay bookoo amounts of money on a photographer to cherish your lives together.

and c’mon how many ppl are goin to put up fancy portraits of themselves all over their house. trust me, as soon as you have children, you want your childs pictures up, not yours. 

Post # 68
999 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think they are. We had maybe 2 pictures of the two of us together. Engagement pics were a great way to get nice pics of us to have and it gave us a chance to get to know our photographer.

Post # 69
592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I think it must be a regional thing because even as a wedding photographer I’ve never known anyone to do engagement photos here (but a friend who married an American man did them in the US). I personally don’t like them, but then I don’t like ‘set up’ photos. If I ever got a save the date with a cheesy photo of my friends I’d probably cringe and put it in a drawer lol

Post # 70
7439 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Definitely considering doing an Engagement Photo Session… mostly because as others have said we have a pile of photos that have been taken when ONE or the OTHER of us has been behind the lens, manning the camera.  Almost nothing that features BOTH OF US in the photos together.

Also planning to have a few pics that show off my ring, and say close ups of us holding hands, arms linked, etc.

Engagement Photos that look “posed” do have an essence of being cheesy… those that are well done typically show the couple interacting naturally … perhaps in an intersting setting (be that somewhere local, or somewhere that has meaning for them as a couple).  I do enjoy looking at a well done photo shoot.


Post # 71
4858 posts
Honey bee

I can see it from both sides.  I find that the pictures with tons of props sometimes look a little cheesy.  Then again, I’ve seen a lot of really beautiful pics taken with props….I guess I just don’t think I could pull them off mySELF without them looking cheesy!  I’m not really an oversized-balloon, giant-picture-frame-holding kind of gal.  I agree that the ultra-posed pics also have a better chance as turning out “cheesy” than the natural more candid shots.

Post # 72
3054 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We chose not to do them as a way to save money. Do I regret not doing them? Not really.

As for the “cheesiness”. It really depends on the photographer I think.  Some photographers just snap photos of the two of you just being you and that I totally respect.

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