(Closed) Did anyone not do/isn’t going to do engagement pics?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Did/Are you going to have engagement pictures taken?
    Yes, and they were/will be on the save the date : (5 votes)
    11 %
    Yes, just to send to family etc. : (12 votes)
    26 %
    No, couldnt/cant afford to : (7 votes)
    15 %
    No, Didnt/dont want to : (23 votes)
    49 %
  • Post # 3
    1565 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’d never heard of these before getting engaged and I definitely don’t think they’re required. I think you can use a regular photo of you two for save-the-dates (that’s what we did) or just do a card with a pattern that matches your invites (often they’re included in invite sets.

    Post # 4
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    We werent going to do them because fi is a pain when it comes to smiling. But we decided to do it to test drive our photog and make sure we worked well together, and to hopefully help us loosen up for pictures on the real day.

    Our save the dates are photobooth style which worked well for our goofy selves.

    Post # 5
    4385 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    we didn’t want to do them, and i spent a lot of time making fun of my sister when she did. lol. however, our photographer includes them in his packages, and i feel like it might be good anyways, since both Fiance and i are not very comfortable in front of a camera! we’re considering it practice and might not do anything at all with the photos!

    Post # 6
    323 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    As far as I’m aware it isn’t really a tradition over here to do them, one less thing to worry about booking ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 7
    1509 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We splurged on our photographer and booked the photographer that a girlfriend of mine who appeared on Platinum Weddings used.  We really think that photography is one of the most important aspects of the wedding (since it lasts forever), but we didn’t see the need to spend an extra $4K on engagement photos.  I mean really, what is the point?  You are going to have the wedding pictures forever.  We have our own digital camera that we used after we got engaged and celebrated with friends.  I think the whole engagement shoot is just odd to me.  I don’t understand what the point of it is since you will be getting professional pictures taken at the wedding.  It just seemed like a waste of money that I could spend elsewhere.

    Post # 8
    3331 posts
    Sugar bee

    We didn’t do them because we couldn’t justify the cost.  We didn’t really know what we would use them for, as we weren’t sending Save-The-Date Cards or anything.  In looking back, I kinda wish we had done it, just so we had some cute photos of us AND for the practice having our picture taken.  It would have helped us prepare for the wedding day pics I think.

    Post # 9
    2186 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    we did them – and we plan on using them for the newspaper announcements and possibly for save the dates if we do them. They are also for use on our wedding website and to send to family as well. ours were free though from one of our friends who is taking a photography class and wanted some practice ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 10
    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We’re not doing them because 1) I hate being photographed; 2) it’s just not possible because of the distance.

    Post # 11
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    We are doing them for 3 reasons:

    1) J and I are both incredibly camera shy, and I am terrified that our wedding photos will all be fake smiles, so we want to spend time with a photographer BEFORE the wedding to hopefully get us a little more used to that feeling and loosened up a bit.

    2) I just really want some good pictures of us, because right now? Almost none.

    3) We want to test-run our wedding photog to see if we like working with him/her, how the photos of us come out, etc. That way if we are unpleasantly surprised, we don’t have to end up using him/her for the wedding.

    ETA: #3 is actually really important to us, because we’re on a limited budget and therefore looking for a photog with less experience, so we’re honestly a tad nervous. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 12
    5497 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Originally, I didn’t want to do them. But a lot of FI’s family has never met me, and some haven’t seen Fiance since he was a kid. And it’s vice versa here as well. So I figured I’d use one with the x-mas cards and one for the invites. Our photog was a co-worker of mine so it was only 40 bucks for about 2 hours.

    Post # 13
    1371 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m sort of in an ‘other’ category here!  My fiance is friends with a photographer and his wife.  They added another photographer to their business, so we did a free session with her about a year before getting engaged to build her portfolio (sort of a free trade-off, our time and modelling for their images!).  We had a great time and we don’t really feel like we need to pay for more ‘real’ engagement pictures.  I know a lot of people like them though because it gives them a feel of how to take direction, how to smile for pictures etc.  It’s a fun experience!

    Post # 14
    806 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We are not doing them unless they come included in our photo package… I don’t see the need.

    Our STD’s won’t have a photo, which I don’t think is that uncommon.

    Post # 15
    4765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    We’re doing them, but I definitely don’t think it’s necessary! STD’s don’t have to have a photo – I’ve seen plenty that don’t!

    Post # 16
    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Nah. An unecessary expense. If we want e-pics, we’ll probably do something like my sister did and just hand a personal camera over to the sisters. We’re used to doing impromptu photoshoots together. ๐Ÿ™‚

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