(Closed) Are engagement photos worth it this late in the game?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 2
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We originally didn’t plan to do engagement photos, but ended up adding them onto our package (our photographer charged almost nothing for them). We did use them for our wedding website and save the dates. I have a few sitting around the house and I printed a couple of them out for family at their request, but I think our wedding photos would likely trump them next year. 

I’m pretty good about having a camera at major events and I have a lot of reasonably nice photos of myself with my fiance from the time we’ve been together, so I don’t really need/use the engagement photos that often – I think the only really compelling reason to get them at this point would be if you don’t have a lot of photos together and would just like some nice ones of you in “street clothes” (aka not wedding attire) for frames, etc.

Post # 3
584 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I think it’s nice just to have professional photos of yourselves, they don’t need to have a ‘use’ per se. They will be a lot more casual than the wedding photos and I think it would be a good chance to have a practice run of being in front of the lens. You will probably be more comfortable with your photographer on your wedding day if you have been shot by them before. Engagement photos aren’t really a thing here in Aus but I am going to do a little shoot the day before our wedding with my photographer as I’m flying him in and want to see how he works. So you would still be getting in earlier than us haha

Post # 4
1931 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’ve been delaying engagement photos simply because I want to lose some weight before the shoot and like you it’ll be about 9 months before the wedding when we’re finally ready (physically and financially, lol) to have the shoot so I wondered the same thing!

Why not do a couples shoot? SOmething non wedding related and just make it FUN? I do think engagement photos are a little late, but there are other reasons to have a shoot!

Post # 6
1321 posts
Bumble bee

Eh if you could use the money I’d save the $100. You aren’t going to use the photos it sounds like, and you’ll have a whole bunch of gorgeous pictures coming in 6 months that will go up on the walls. 

The only reason we took ours is for save the dates, thank you cards, etc. and my mom did my hair and make up and took my photos for free. It’s just not something I’d spend money on. Super awesome of your photographer to tell you you could get $100 back though. Here’s our two fav “free” e photos 🙂

Post # 7
19 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m not doing them for my wedding but since they are included and you only get $100 back I would definately do them. It will be nice just to have some professional photos of you in casual clothes (ie not on your wedding day) for when you get older, and to show your children. You probably wont have such a good opportunity again ever. 

Post # 8
1133 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We did them for our wedding, and IMO it was totally worth it! We had never had any professional photos taken of us together in 6 years, and it was nice to see them.  I also felt way more comfortable on our wedding day with our photographers!

Post # 9
5408 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would definitely do them! We didn’t use ours for anything, but I LOVE that we have professional pictures of us from when we were engaged. It’s worth it just to get practice being photographed and to become more comfortable with your photographer – it’ll make your wedding day photos so much easier/more polished.

Post # 10
4226 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I did mine pretty early on, but only because people were asking for them…or else we would have totally forgot! At this stage in the game I’d take the $100 off to be honest.

Post # 11
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Yay glad you’re going ahead with it!

We are getting married next month and only had our engagement shoot a few weeks ago! We LOVED it! Firstly, it was an incredibly intimate experience – how often do you get dressed up, go somewhere beautiful and spend a couple of others just with your SO, being together, holding hands etc with no distractions, TV,  cell phones etc.

Secondly, the photos were spectacular. I’d always wanted a beach wedding but for a couple of reasons we decided on a winery instead. So it was really nice to get some beautiful shots at the beach. We put some up on our wedding website and are getting one or two framed.

It was also a great opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera. AND it was heaps of fun!!

Post # 12
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We had a pre-wedding photoshoot included in our package, and we did it at the beach where I grew up, I love the photos because of where they are, although I’ve only had one printed and don’t ‘use’ the rest. It was good practise as me and my husband were both really camera-awkward! If you have the time I’d say go for it, but it’s really good of your photographer to refund some money if you don’t use the shoot!

Post # 13
2176 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would definitely do them — not only is it a way for you to get some non-wedding dress photos but its your only real “test” for the photographer…. If the pictures come out terrible or they lose the files or they never email you back you know that now and can decide what to do instead of finding that out 3 days AFTER your wedding

Post # 14
9573 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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herecomesthebride625:  i wasn’t planning on doing engagement photos.  we had a 7 month engagement and weren’t using the pictures in our STDs, so i didn’t see the point.

however the “engagement” session was included in our package.  we told the photographer we didn’t need it.  he said it is a way for him to get to know us for the wedding and be able to capture better pictures of us.  in the end, we really enjoyed the session and got some great pictures.


Post # 15
6457 posts
Bee Keeper

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herecomesthebride625:  Engagement photos aren’t really a thing in the UK; we tend to either not bother at all, or (becoming more and more popular) have something called a ‘pre-wedding shoot’. It’s basically the same as an engagement shoot, but rather than being designed so you get pictures for the save the date etc, the main aim is to make sure you are comfortable with the photographer, that s/he knows your likes and dislikes in terms of angles, etc. We had ours two months before the wedding, and that timing worked really well for us.

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