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

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I say do it. Why the heck not? We aren’t doing our engagement  photos until a little over a year of engagement  because my fiance had multiple foot surgeries. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

6 months out from your wedding isn’t late?  I think we did ours maybe even 2 or 3 months before the wedding. I still love them.  

$100 off isn’t enough to make me forego.  How long would the shoot be?  Ours was 90 minutes and we got a bunch of awesome shots.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I’m not engaged or married but have seen many women on here say they’ve used their engagement photos more than their wedding photos because they’re more “them” – more casual and everyday. Something to think about. $100 probably won’t help your budget all that much.

Another thing many say is that engagement photos help you as a couple to get comfortable with the photographer. Something to think about.

Post # 5
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Honey bee

I’d take the $100. I never had them done (it wasn’t that common, back in the stone age); neither did my 2 daughters – with one it came free with her package, but the Save-The-Date Cards were already out. Both had a family member/friend take a couple of dozens shots of them, for their STD magnets. 

My 2nd daughter to marry did so about 1.5 hours from home. They talked to one photographer who insisted they travel the 3 hour round trip, for an engagement session. They already had the photos taken for their Save-The-Date Cards, so didn’t see the need for it. Actually, the photo session was free, but if they wanted to buy prints from him, it was extra. Somehow the demanding that he had to get to know them didn’t fly with them, and they chose someone who wasn’t so pushy. The bride met her beforehand, but not the groom. The photos were perfect!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

It sounds like the $100 would do you more good. Engagement photos are awesome but it doesn’t sound like a priority anymore so I’d just move on personally! We were going to do the same but we’re both so busy that it’s just getting closer to the big day and I opted to put that money toward my accessories and such 😊

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

We did ours in October and got married in January. It’s nice to have professional photos of ourselves that weren’t wedding photos (although those are great too!)

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Just an idea to consider the other points PPs made in favor of getting them..

my Fiance is not a fan of people taking pictures of him. The engagement photos got him to feel comfortable with our photographer and get him ready for the constant picture taking. He says he was glad he did it even though he was dreading it at first. I think it was a positive experience to also get us and photographer acquainted. and the pics came out great! So worth the hundred dollars IMO..

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

We had engagement photos done separately and they cost $400. They also help you get over the weirdness of posing and get used to the photographer. Im not yet married but made a nice book, the way I saw it was that were not very likely to have professional photos done after the wedding and this way we have nice photos . Something to think about… 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I LOVED my engagement photos, and have more of them printed/displayed around the house than I do of our wedding photos. They were more fun, more us and you can see in our faces how relaxed we were. Our wedding photos are fine, but it was a hectic day, I didn’t love my dress and it just didn’t have the same vibe. I’d do them, especially if you live in an area with snow or wintery weather. In 6 months, things will look so much different. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I wasn’t planning to, and about 6 weeks before the wedding (yes!), I decided, why not. We had a really great deal. We got to have fun and loosen up, and made the photos into holiday gifts for our parents. We are using our venue photographer on the day of, so this was not about practicing with a specific photographer. That being said, if you want photos taken for the experience and don’t feel that it has to be done with your day of photographer, you can grab a friend and have fun. Then, take the $100 off of your balance.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I think it’s worth it to get some face to face time with the photographer prior to the wedding day and get used to having your picture taken.

For us, it’s also a nice way to get some pictures of the two of us as a couple. We don’t really have any — in fact I think there are only 2 photos of us as a couple for all of 2015. And in one of them we are covered in mud.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Cheekie0077:  YES.  The engagement photos were a bit awkward (as is reflected in a lot of my pics, IMO!), but it really helped with breaking the ice adn getting to know my photog.  I also enjoyed the more “casual” non wedding photos.  We also got to have our dog in there 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We never took engagement photos. It’s just something I was never interested in. We have plenty of photos of the two of us over the years. I do not regret not getting engagement photos done. We have lots of great wedding photos. Personally, I would take the discount. 

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