Post # 1
My favorite photographer will only be within budget if we forego the engagement photos…I found another one I like a lot who can do wedding photos + engagement photos within budget, but I do love the work of the first one more. We have a couple of very talented photographer friends, so we could have one of them do the engagement photos instead.
Anyone decide not on doing engagement photos with your wedding photographer? Any regrets about it?
Post # 2
We had a friend do ours for free instead of a photographer. As long as their work is good go for it! I have beautiful photos taken at Navy Pier and not a penny out of pocket. Never regretted it at all.
Post # 3
As someone who helps a photographer out a lot, usually the engagement session is there so that they can get to know the couple. My friend says its very helpful when working with clients she doesnt know beforehand. That way she can know their personalities and get a feel for the type of photos she will want to take at the actual wedding. This is why she includes the engagement session as a part of her wedding packages.
Post # 4
We did amateur engagement photos and are really happy with what we have. We had a couple of sets taken (some by a friendly stranger where we got engaged, some by a friend on a more organized photo shoot). This was actually about location rather than money, as we wanted to do the engagement photos on a trip we already had planned. Go for the photographer you love for the wedding, and see which of your friends is willing to take the engagement shots.
Post # 5
My photographer gives us a “free” engagement shoot with our package, unfortunately we do not receive ANY of the photos for free. So I am considering cancelling the entire thing… really what’s the point. I don’t think we will regret it, to me personally engagement photos seem like another “must have” fabricated by the wedding industry which just ends up being a massive expense. I second what others have said, have a DIY engagement shoot with a friend, and go with the wedding photographer you love.
Post # 6
I just did my engagement photos and to me the price of it was minimal compared to the price of having someone I’m now fully comfortable with and trust around me on my wedding.
Post # 7
We did an engagement session and it helped up be more comfortable with her for the wedding. I orginally didn’t even want it but it was included so I said why not? I’m glad we did. The pictures are amazing and I was able to see how the 2nd shooter was as well. Both made our wedding day enjoyable. Plue we used the photos in the reception and it added a nice touch. I wouldn’t use 2 different photographers if you plan on using the photos in your reception.
Post # 8
No regrets, we added the extra hour onto our wedding day instead.
Like other posters, I had my best friend snap a couple of us last summer very informally. Hubby is kinda camera shy and requested no engagement pics.
Our photographer is amazing and so friendly that he wasnt uncomfortable at all on the wedding day having meet the photographer for the first time.
Post # 9
We got engaged and married in Hawaii, about 1.5 years apart. I wish I would’ve known about our wedding photographer (or the fact that we would get married there too lol) at the time we did engagement pictures because I definitely would’ve used her. Obviously, we just did the wedding with her and I have zero regrets! I loved working with her and our pictures!
Post # 10
We at first weren’t going to do engagement photos at all, but our mothers wanted them. Since we’re still a long way out from the wedding, we have no idea which photographer we’re going to use for the actual thing. So for the engagement pics, we just went to JC Penney. Not the best experience. We both had haircuts we hated and were put into very awkward poses. But our mothers have things to hang on their walls featuring us. I wouldn’t say I regret it. I’d regret having done anything more extravagent. It cracks me up, though, that the selfie we took with a disposable camera in the rain at a rest stop in North Carolina after a long road trip ended up being the picture of us as a couple that everyone wants, not our professional photos.
Post # 11
We decided to forgo the formal engagement pictures. A husband of a friend of mine does photography for a hobby and we went out with him a couple of weeks ago and got some great pictures. I’m not sure what we’re going to do with them – they were more for him to build up his portfolio – as we aren’t putting them on our Save-The-Date Cards.
Our photographer offered a package but we’re applying that toward the wedding instead. We are using the same photographer a friend of mine used, and while she was really happy with the wedding photos, she thought her engagement photos came out kind of cheesy, so it kind of swayed me not to get them done. I have seen very few e-photos that aren’t cheesy to be honest.
Post # 12
Yeah, I know what you mean. I understand how an e-photo session can be helpful for learning how to pose and to get to know your photographer better, but I also find actual engagement photos to be pretty cheesy and usually not my thing. Neither my fiance nor myself are into havings lots of photos of ourselves, so I figured the wedding photos should be enough.
Post # 13
Well I’m certainly of the camp that engagement photos are worth it. Most photographers include them because it’s beneficial for us to get to work with our couples prior to the wedding. That being said, wedding photos are forever….so if it’s skipping engagement photos to get an amazing wedding photographer or having it all done with someone you don’t love as much – by all means skip the engagement session.
Post # 14
I think actual engagement photos are kind of dumb TBH haha. I like them in the sense that you get a feel for your photographer, but just to pay someone else to take them seems kind of silly. They are a fairly unnecessary thing that the wedding world has now deemed SO IMPORTANT.
Post # 15
We never did engagement photos since we were planning our wedding long-distance and were on the opposite coast from our photographers. Zero regrets. Just my personal taste, but I find engagement shoots super corny and cringey 90% of the time. It wouldn’t have been our style. We didn’t use a photo for our save the dates, and just put a collection of our own photos on the wedding website.