Post # 1
I’ve been dealing with the idea of Engagement Photos. At first I really really wanted them. Now I just don’t know. We have 170 days til the wedding and I am not sure it is worth it. Not to mention if we can afford it.
Are we missing out on anything if we don’t do the engagement photos?
I need some opinions please.
Post # 3
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
They aren’t a must, just popular now – and I nice way to get to know your photographer before the wedding.
Post # 5
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
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
They’re definitely not “a must.” Personally I don’t fully understand their purpose.
Post # 8
@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
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
@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
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 # 13
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.
Post # 14
@continuumphotography: Thanks!! That was a GREAT HELP!! Not saying that the others weren’t, but coming from a photographer you really gave me some great points. Thank you again.