(Closed) Engagement Photos A Must?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
979 posts
Busy bee

If your photographer offers them, yes, do them. Its a nice “practice” round before your big day – get ideas, poses, angles  you do or don’t like.  Plus it give your photographer a chance to get to know you and  you are more comfortable with him/her following you around all day.  have fun with it and be creative.

Post # 4
909 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

They aren’t a must, just popular now – and I nice way to get to know your photographer before the wedding.

Post # 5
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No, not a must at all. We did them but because they were free. Only do it if you think you’ll regret not having them later in life.

Post # 6
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This is definitely a “nice to have”, but do help knowing how your photographer works.  I’d like to have them, but only because I want to do a photo guestbook with them.

Post # 7
6355 posts
Bee Keeper

They’re definitely not “a must.” Personally I don’t fully understand their purpose.

Post # 8
4945 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@joya_aspera:  They’re definitely not “a must.” Personally I don’t fully understand their purpose.

Ditto. Unless they are free, I don’t see the point of spending money for them. I mean, in a short while the couple will have plenty of pictures of them from their wedding. I didn’t do engagement pix either time.

Post # 9
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was wondering about the same thing when I was engaged.  And I was strapped for cash as well.  My sister advised me not to get them because there was no point since I was not sending out a “save the date” card.

I completley regret not getting them done.  Even though I had no intentions of sending out ‘save the dates’ I think that it would of still been nice to get the pictures taken just for me.


Post # 10
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@GFerg:  Yes, it’s true that you will have plenty of wedding photos. We did them because we wanted professional pictures in “normal clothes.”


Post # 11
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you are using the same photographer for your wedding it’s a great way to learn their posing/working style, get used to being in front if the camera and also it helps your photographer scope out your good/ bad angles and any bad photo habits you have. 

Post # 12
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

  • Don’t just do them because they are free.  If you don’t want them you are wasting hours of your photographer’s valuable time.
  • They are not really a practice round for your wedding, they are vastly different from how it works on the wedding day.
  • They are a very good opportunity to get to know your photographer and develop a rapport.
  • They are good for people who are apprehensive about being photographed.  They can help you get used to it or overcome that fear.
  • At times they can uncover incompatibilities with you and your photographer.  That’s usually something that happens with amateurs, but it does provide some people an out.
  • You will get multiple photos of the two of you not in your wedding clothes that can be used as a guest book, save the dates, for your wedding website, and decorations for your reception.

Post # 13
6582 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

They’re not required, but they can be helpfull.

I wouldn’t use it as a “trail run” to test out your photographer because e-sessions are a totally different ballgame than a wedding. They’re more controlled, etc. However, it’s a great way to meet and interact with your photographer, and helps you to become more comfortable around each other. After an e-session, I show up to a wedding feeling like we’re friends and it really lets me intergrate into their day so much better!

Sure you will have lots of wedding photos, but I consider an e-session great because it’s a chnace to have great professional photos of your in non-wedding attire. Plus, there are so many things you can do with them. Send out a STD, use them for your xmas cards, hang prints in your house, gift them to family for the holidays, etc.

Personally, I used mine to make a photo guest book – and it’s also a popular option my clients choose for themselves. Instead of a tradional guest book I design a photo book w/ their images, leaving plenty of room for people to sign, and it goes on display at the reception. The end result is a cool coffee table book full of best wishes and throughts from your guests. 

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