Post # 1
Okay bees! So I recently acquired a WONDERFUL camera and I have lots of friends who are phenomenal at taking pictures (thank goodness for photography majors!!). Also I am a photoshop nut, so I like editing my own photos…a lot. So this is a picture I took and edited, would you call it a quality photo? Because I’m all for saving money and a DIY wedding. I’m not one for big and elaborate and traditional, so what do you think? Would I be okay doing my own engagment photos? They wouldn’t be dark like below, but simliar in picture quality.
Post # 3
I would have never guessed that it wasn’t professionally done …… Great job! I think you’ll be just fine going the DIY route!!
Post # 4
Thanks! It’s such a hard decision! But it would save a ton of money just doing them myself. Of course, I would have a professional at the wedding, but surely no harm in just doing my own engagement ones.
Post # 6
I think it looks good! We just did our engagement shoot and I was really happy that we did because it gave us a chance to get comfortable with our photographer (also, it was included in his package). Just something to keep in mind! If you DIY your epics, maybe you can meet with your photog ahead of time to get to know him/her!
Post # 7
I think if you have the access to good equiptment AND friends with photogenic eye, then why not? We all know having a fancy camera does not equal any skill behind it, but if you know people who have the ability to take the pictures well, then I think it would work. The biggest difference would be in a pro helping pose you and that sort of thing, adjusting awkward hands, noticing and fixing the weird draping on your shirt, things that come with practice and exsperiance. But the other thing is if they don’t turn out great, you aren’t out any $$ and can still get pro ones done!
Post # 8
Photography is an art that is very subjective. Not everyone has and eye or interest in good photography, and tastes may vary. The picture posted, to me, looks like something off of instagram (iPhone). The skin tones look unrealistic, and the heavy vingette gives it an amaturish feel.
I know it’s tempting to play with photoshop, and trust me I know, when you hvae the ability to do something new, you seem to love the result. But, your images need to stand the test of time, and I think if you looked back at the photo above in a few yrs, you would be saying to yourself “what was I thinking.”
Post # 9
I say go for it. As long as YOU love the pictures, that’s what matters.
Post # 10
Very nice, I say go for it, if you save money by doing your own engagement pictures and having friends do it by all means go ahead. I do think important thing like practices poses, picking great backdrops, and having someome who knows how to capture you in your best lightening will go a long way!
Post # 11
I think you can def handle your engagement shots! My future sister-in-law handled ours and she did an amazing job. She’s taken quite a few photography classes =D
Post # 12
I say go for it, but only because engagement shoots aren’t really required, and it wouldn’t matter to me if they didn’t turn out.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone. I think I will end up doing my own. Like I said, they wouldn’t be like the ones above. I was just playing with a Lomo effect and picked my favorite picture to do it. I definitely don’t see the harm, and if I don’t like them, I’ll just get them done by a pro 🙂