(Closed) Engagement Photos – Please Explain

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Post # 3
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I never understood engagement photographs until I started photographing engaged couples.  It makes a lot more sense to me now that people want to document this time as it really can be the most amazing and exciting time of your life.

They are often used to send to family members for announcements, or send to the newspaper as an announcement, or to use in conjunction with a Save the Date. 

My advice to you is to find a novice photographer (student, amateur) if you are actually interested in engagement pictures, and pay a discounted price as they often offer people to help them expand their portfolio.


Post # 4
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

you can use them for save the dates, announcements, photo guest books, and more. they also help you start to get comfortable in front of a camera, which is very important!

mine were done for free by a photographer just starting out, and they were basically a disaster. we ended up having fi’s brother follow us around a bit with his nice camera, and we framed a few, put one on a magnet for our std’s, put some up on our website, and are going to make a guest book. fi and i don’t have too many pictures together, so it was nice to finally get some.

Post # 5
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We used our engagement photos for various things in our wedding. Also, our engagement photos were basically a trial run with our first photographer to see if we liked working with her and liked the work that she produced. It was a really good thing we did engagement photos because we ended up going with a different photographer. There were only a very small handful of pictures that she gave us that I would consider putting in an album or framing. One of them is my icon. Out of over 300 photos and 2+ hours I thought we would have a lot to choose from and we really didnt. So we switched photographers I wish that I could have applied that $400 to my wedding day photographer for additional hours or something else, but in the end Im glad we did them!

Post # 6
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Our engagement photos were included in the package price for the photographer’s wedding services.  We did them because (a) we’d already paid for them, (b) we wanted some pictures to commemorate our engagement, and (c) we wanted to get more comfortable with the photographer before the wedding day, and vice versa.  We are SO happy with how they turned out, and I would highly recommend them to any couple!

Post # 7
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Agree with everything all the previous ladies have said.

And also for us when we had plans for engagement photos my husband and I both felt we probably would have put more of those pictures up around the house than our wedding pictures. Because we’ll rather have more pictures of us in “regular” clothes, more us, than us all fancied.

I also can’t help but think about all the brides who were upset with their wedding photographers if they had done a trial run with epics if it would have been better on the day of. Or it would have given them the chance to find someone better.

I’m sad our epic plans fell through last minute!

Post # 8
1613 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i agree w/ everyone when they say find someone who is just starting out that can do yours for a good price…. or have the same people who are doing your wedding, so you can get a feel if you like them or not.  our engagement session was a really good price, including the copyright CD, so we got a really good deal.  she is doing our wedding also, for another really good price, including a CD, edited photos, plus a print credit.  we haven’t gotten our e-pics yet (i’ve seen 1 sneak peek), so i am really anxious to see them!

Post # 9
761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We had them done and while it was a little expensive I do like that we have some nice picuters of us together that we are not in our wedding attire. I found it good also to know if we were comfortable with our photographer and see her work first hand with pictures of us.

Post # 10
280 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Agree agree…. I always said i wouldnt get them but then my photographer’s package included them so we did. 

We are going to frame them for the wedding and use them for our save the dates.  This is our first professional photo together too.  I think, on your wedding day you are all dolled up and don’t really look like yourself — so having some regular pictures to frame around your house is nice.

Post # 11
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I enjoyed having them.  They were the first professional pictures that Anton and I had as a couple, and lucky for us, they were included in our wedding photography package.  We used them in several ways.  We put our favorite picture on our wedding invites when we sent them out.  We used them in our centerpieces to bring a more personal touch into them, and we’ll be having some of them framed to hang up as well.  🙂

If they hadn’t been included then I would have DIY’d them.  I’ve seen a lot of gorgeous DIY e-pics.  There is absolutely no requirement that forces them to need to be professionally done, however it is a GREAT way to get to know your photographer better!  🙂

Post # 12
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree with what others have said and also, I think they’re a good way to get comfortable in front of the camera before your wedding. For example, I didn’t smile as much as I’d like in my photos so now I’ll be more conscious of that on m wedding day.

Post # 13
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I chose not to have engagement photos, I dont really like posed pictures anyway and really have no need for them. we arent having a slideshow at the wedding, or a wedding announcement and if we arent having Save-The-Date Cards. Even if we were going to have STDS i prefer the non-traditional ones that dont have photos on them.

Post # 14
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We weren’t going to do them either, but I am so glad that we did.  We were so stiff and awkward when we first started the e-shoot, then by the end we were totally comfortable with out photographer.  It really was a “warm up” for the wedding day.  When the wedding came around, we felt really comfortable with out photographer, and that really came across in the photos.  I definitely recommend using your wedding day photographer if you are going to get them though…like PitBullLover said, you will get an idea of whether or not you should really use that photographer for the big day!  We also ended up using our e-photos as favor tags by having Moo mini cards printed.  It was cool that we were able to put a different image on each tag.  Plus it’s not every day that you have an occasion to have someone take really nice, professional photos of you.  Before the shoot, we really didn’t have any nice photos of the two of us.

Post # 15
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Agreed. Our photographer threw in a free engagement session because he wanted us to spend time with him in front of the camera before the wedding. It gave us so much confidence in him after seeing how awesome the engagement photos turned out – we didn’t think about how the photography was going at all on the wedding day because we knew he was doing a great job. It also made us a lot more comfortable in front of the camera.

Post # 16
9 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was never planning on getting engagement photos and our photographer does not include them in our package.  I never understood why people would spend the money to get them.  However, after thinking about it for a while my fiance and I have decided to get them done.  My maid of honor’s brother is a photographer by hobby and does nice work so we know his prices won’t be too astronomical!  The main reason we decided on doing them is because looking at the photographs my fiance and I have together we realized we only have one picture where we both were photogenic!  All the others either he looks weird or I look weird.  So, basically we are using this as an excuse to have some decent pictures taken together.  We finally considered doing it is because of my friend’s brother…if the price wasn’t worth it I still wouldn’t do it no matter what our current pictures look like!

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