Post # 1
there’s an idea i’ve been toying with for a while and i’m wondering if any other bees have tried going this route. I’m quite interested in photography and I have a nice DSLR, some decent studio equipment, and what I like to think is a pretty skillful eye. Obviously I can’t be my own wedding photographer (nor would I want to be… I’m shelling out more money than I’d care to admit for these people because our photographer is a top priority).
BUT I’m very seriously considering doing Fiance and I’s engagement photos myself. I’ve always been one to find the superfluous photo shoots a little silly (engagements, boudoirs, etc) so it’s not something I’d really be interested in spending any money on. But it also seems kind of nice to have some decent coupley photos of us looking our best, but not actively in the process of getting married. I know that doing our own photos will have its own headaches though (timers and tripods are only so forgiving). Has anyone else tried this? How did it work out for you? Do you think I will regret not paying someone for engagement photos?
Post # 3
Seems a bit complicated to me but if your willing to put in the time, you could always try it. If it doesn’t work out you can always hire someone to get your engagement photos. The nice thing about portrait sessions are that unlike weddings they can be done over if you aren’t satisified with the outcome 🙂
Post # 4
I didn’t pay anyone to do our engagement photos (didn’t have them, what are they for anyway?) and don’t regret it for a second. I think I actually would regret it if I had paid for them.
Try it out. What do you have to lose?
Post # 5
@rawrrrrr: I’ve actually seen some pretty good DIY engagement pics before, do you know how to edit your photos? It might be frustrating or it could end up being a blast! Maybe if you know how to pose yourself, you could even have a friend snap away as well? For us, we felt it was essential to have our photographer take our pics becasue it really helped us get over any “camera nerves” we had. Also, our photographer said he would get ours back to us by the end of the week (and I’ve been checking my email probably 3 times an hour now lol so its really exciting!) How much does your photographer charge?
Post # 6
A friend of mine has a decent DSLR and took family pictures of her, her husband, and her son with a timer and tripod and they look amazing! I’m sure its doable 🙂
Post # 7
@sheepandbear: i’m pretty photoshop savy (i’m actually considering starting my own photography business in a year or two once FI’s job situation is a bit more settled… he’s starting a new position next month so my current job is pretty necessary at the moment)
our photographer’s starting rate is about 15% of our total wedding budget so we’re not really looking to rack up extra photo charges.
@onourway13: yay! this sounds encouraging!
Post # 8
I do photography for a living and there is no way I would want to devote the amount of time necessary to pull of the same results you could get with a photographer taking the photos and directing adjustments.
Post # 9
We ended up doing our own engagement pictures. We got engaged a month before my fiancé deployed, so we didn’t have much time to get professional pictures done. We used his DSLR camera and tripod and they turned out alright… To be fair, we were also trying to get his dog to look good in the picture, so it took 45 min to get one that we liked. We have also taken pictures of ourselves with the tripod while traveling, and they usually turn out pretty nicely, but they are a pain and can be super awkward to take. If professional engagement pictures had been an option I would have definitely preferred them, but I’m happy with the picture we took and it looked great on our save the dates.
Do you already have a tripod? You could take some practice pictures to see if you like how they come out.