Post # 1
I’m grappling with the idea of doing engagement photos.
Who has done them? Who has not? Why were they important to you? Why did you skip them?
I have a great idea for a fun photo shoot that is different from your typical engagement photos, and I’m struggling with whether it is worth it or self-indulgent to do them.
Here’s a link to my blog where I talk about it:
Post # 3
the package we got with our wedding photographer didn’t offer an engagement shoot, and we really weren’t looking to spend hundreds of dollars on pictures. a friend of mine from college is just starting out with her photography business, and so we let her take some pictures of us for her portfolio. we paid her $60, and got a full dvd of high-res photos. the photos turned out GREAT, and it was inexpensive and fun! i’m definitely glad we did it.
so, my advice to you would be if you’re not completely dying to have engagement photos, but you think they’d be nice, try to find an up-and-coming photographer you like. you’ll get some wonderful results at half the price of a wedding photographer!
ps: we took our photos on campus because it’s beautiful and its a place where we’ve shared a lot of history. the shoot was casual, fun, and very us. i would suggest picking somewhere that reminds you of each other–a baseball field if you’re sports lovers, a jungle gym if you’re both fun and silly, "downtown" if you’re urban and chic, etc… you get the idea!
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
Epics is a great way to get comfortable with your photog before the big day. It is nice to be able to get comfortable in front of the camera before your wedding day! I don’t think they are necessary, but I definitely think that I was much more comfortable on my wedding day because we got to know our photog at our epic session! I also got to know what angles I looked most flattering (and not so flattering) at!
Post # 5
We had such a blast taking out e-pics. We took them right after getting engaged and while hindsight says I might’ev spent a little more time selecting locations and clcothes…it was SO fun to shoot when everything was SO new and exciting. You can feel the glow from the pictures. We love having that excitement and anticipation caputed on camera and have given them to all our relatives, put them in our families’ christmas cards and I am going to make a special album for us to remember what this time was like.
Pengy has a good point about getting used to being in front of the camera. You will look at the pictures later and figure out what poses you like.don’t like. What is your good side/his good side. What is your style, etc.
Anyway, we found it was TOTALLY worth the money (and I found a great affordable photographer in the south suburbs of Chicago). They agreed to do our wedding after the engagement shoot (they have never shot weddings before…but I"m convinced they’ll be wonderful!
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2020 - Auberge du Soleil
We did some informal shots with a family member so it was FREE. We skipped them because we didn’t have/want to spend extra money on them. I do agree that if you can get a discount package with your wedding photographer than it is a great way to get comfortable with them and they can get to know your styles and likes/dislikes.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2020 - Hotel Vitale
We negotiated our engagement pictures into our package. This was one thing I really wanted because we have notoriously taken really bad pictures together. It was money well spent- I love our pictures, we now feel way more comfortable with our photographer. And now I know what to tell her I like and don’t like. Check out my posts later this week to see the results!!
Post # 8
Well, I didn’t have money for epics, but I liked the idea of them. So I got a friend with a bit of an artistic eye to hide behind the camera while we walked around our beautiful college campus (Michigan State) in the fall. We got some really awesome results out of it, and it didn’t cost us anything. They aren’t photoshopped or anything, but I don’t think they need to be.
Post # 9
Getting engagement pics was important to me b/c I had friends who didn’t get them done and regretted it. It was actually the first thing we did — before getting our sites and dates locked down!
We actually found our photographer on craigslist who happened to be running a promotion — free engagement shoot and free 8×12 print (we could purchase additional pictures). He’s an amazing photographer who ran the promo last year as well (after wedding season ended). We ended up falling in love with him and had a great time at our shoot. We booked him for our wedding even though he was out of our price range (but he ended up cutting us a break and customized a wedding package that we could afford).
I’m so glad we did it because it was a lot of fun and we got to work with our photographer prior to our wedding day! We got to become comfortable with him and I think (hope) it will make the wedding photography better.
Also, a lot of wedding packages include engagement shoots (something to consider if you’re concerned with the cost)!
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2020 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum
We did engagement pictures and actually discovered we did not like the photographer. Fortunately, it wasn’t part of our "package," so we just moved on. But it was good to know before the wedding! I’m having bridals done with our new photographer just to get to know her, and do a trial run of my "day of look."
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
we never took any, and now 4 years later, i still want to take them. we will once it warms up! i think most people are happy that they decided to take engagement pics, if it’s in the budget, but of course it’s a personal decision that only you can decide.
Post # 12
Thanks everyone for the advice. We’re working with our photographer to close the deal. We’ve negotiated a good price, and I’m *so* excited about our e-photo shoot idea. We’re thinking pretty far out of the box… well, down the street from the box, really 😉
As much as we have some very talented friends who could do an engagement shoot for free, I think I just need to feel what it is like to work with our photographer. I haven’t been in front of a camera in any meaningful way in years.
The last hurdles we need to cross are finding a date that works and picking a wardrobe appropriate to our shoot idea.
Think ice-skating in the park only as if it were on steroids… or other illicit substances!
Post # 13
I really wanted engagement pictures because my fiance and I really don’t have that many pictures together (I’m a photographer/photography assistant and usually I’m behind the camera) and I want as many pictures of us looking awesome as I can get! The fiance really got into it, we brought a ton of clothes and props and he said he wants to go do this for fun every weekend. From the standpoint of a wedding photographer, it’s highly recommended to shoot an engagement session with your clients because you get to know them better, you get more comfortable together, you learn what angles the couple looks best in and it’s a good time to say if there are things you are self-conscious about or that you don’t like in photographs. Weddings are usually fast-paced and if you are uncomfortable the photos will take longer than you’d like and you won’t get to party right away. I’d try to negotiate a shoot in even if it isn’t "included," see if there is anything that is included that you don’t need.
We just had our shoot yesterday so I am way beyond excited. I edited a few today, they are here:
Post # 13
This post is really old put figured I would repond anyway and may get it going again….
Engagement photos were really important to me. I think it a fun way to capture your personalities and love in normal life, not just the wedding day. I made a post about how I did it here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/tips-on-getting-the-best-out-of-your-engagement-photos/#axzz2yzRB845l
Post # 14
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
we loved doing engagement photos. It helped my poor camera shy Fiance to be comfortable talking pictures and was a lot of fun. The pictures turned out beautiful and I’m so happy we decided to do it.