Post # 1
So I’m trying to decide if we should do engagement photos with our photographer or not. Fiance and I were in Santorini in June and we hired a photographer there to do our engagement photos. They turned out great and we love them! However, now I’m wondering if we should pay the extra $250 to do another engagement shoot, but with our wedding photographer. I wasn’t planning on doing it because its not included in her packages and I didn’t think we needed two engagement shoots (and we already spent about $400 on the first shoot, so I’m not really thrilled to spend even more for photos that we don’t have much use for). However, I know lots of people say they’re a great way to get to know & become comfortable with your photographer infront of the camera before your wedding. So should we just bite the costs and do an additonal shoot with our photographer, or do you think its not necessary?
Post # 3
bcbride17 : nah surely you don’t need those. Get someone to take lots of snaps of you both to help you relax for the big day. X
Post # 4
Not at all, especially since you already had engagement photos taken. See if your photographer will meet you instead to get to know you better.
We had our engagement photos taken and didn’t like the photographer at all so I switched. The new photographer is working with us and will trade the engagement session that is included in her package for a bridal shoot instrad, but she does want to meet for lunch so she can get to know us better since we opted out of a second engagement shoot.
Post # 5
Not necessary but….we used ours as our save the date!
Post # 6
I think it d lends on you as a couple. I’m really really awkward in front of a camera so for me, yes, it is a necessity. But if you’re a more ‘go with the flow’ kinda person then it probably isn’t needed at all.
Post # 7
I wish I hadn’t skipped the engagement photos. I might have gone in a different direction with the photographer. I was really disappointed with my wedding photos. It’s a good opportunity for you to get comfortable with your photographer and lessens the chance of any surprises when you see your wedding photos.
Post # 8
Engagement photos are purely supplemental. They’re just another thing that the wedding industry came up with. You don’t absolutely need them to be engaged or married.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens
I think a lot of the purpose is to get more comfortable but more so with the general concept of being photographed. So really you already accomplished that even if it wasn’t with that specific photographer. I don’t really see another shoot adding to that practice. I would just ask if they could meet for coffee to get to know them a little better.
Post # 11
Not necessary at all. We only did them because they were part of our photography package.. They were more of a hassle than anything, we ended up squeezing them in about 2 weeks before our wedding.
We got some great pics but, I personally find them silly and wouldn’t have done them if they weren’t part of our package.
Post # 12
No necessary but I found it helpful for us because we had never been professionally photographed before. Now we feel more prepared for the day of!
Post # 13
Like PP said before, I thought it was a silly concept at first but it came with our package and we ended up getting awesome pictures of us in non-wedding attire and used them for our save the dates so I’m happy we did it. It also allowed us to get comfortable with the photographer and being photographed in a low stress environment. You’ve already done some, I say skip these.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre
We would pay the extra cost, we would just like to make sure that we would like our photographs, you could use these pictures as the save the date.