Engagement photos questions

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Our photographer included the engagement shoot in our package so it wasn’t anything extra. 

I love our engagement photos and they were so worth it. Getting to spend that time together and just enjoy the day was great. 

We went to the waterfall where we got engaged (omg the hiking tho) and it was very us. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

1) Our engagement session was included in our wedding package ($3,000)
2) The photographer suggested 8 months out, but we did it a year out so it wasn’t the middle of winter!
3) The photos were done in the city we are getting married in and my Fiance works in. We will also be moving to that area.
4) I think they are worth it! They turned out beautifully and really how often do you get nice pictures done with your SO!? Also used them for Save the Dates.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

1) What is a reasonable price range to pay for engagement photos?
I won one in a competition so I’m not sure of the shoot cost, but it was costing £12 a photo! We didn’t go with that photographer in the end as she wasn’t local, and paid £50 to book a shoot with our chosen photographers. We were given all of the photos (50) and the rights to them. Our photographers are some of the cheapest we considered – but not in terms of quality or service.

2) How far out from your actual wedding would you suggest scheduling a shoot?
We did ours based on weather (with it being winter, we timed it just before the weather really changed) and availability. An actual engagement shoot we’d probably have done closer to when we got engaged, but as these were just for fun/practise, we did them 4.5 months out.

3) Did you have your photos done where you lived or in a place that was special to you (such as where you met, or one of your hometowns)? Any suggestions on which would be best?
We went somewhere that we thought would give great photos. Fairly local, but not somewhere that has any special significance for us. We might’ve gone for where we got engaged but that was a plane ride away!

4) Do you think engagement photos are worth it?
I think so! Neither of us are very confident having photos taken so it’s good practise. Plus like a PP said, how often do you get photos of that quality? I love ours. The other thing, if we hadn’t done so well with our photographers, we’d have had the opportunity to change.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Most photographers include engagement photos in their packages. It’s typically a complimentary thing because we all like a chance to work with our couples prior to the wedding – so for that reason it usually doesn’t change the package price if you opt out of doing them. It’s also more beneficial to do them with the person who will be photographing your wedding so that you get comfortable with them, and likewise they can get to know you guys and see what poses/situations/direction works best for you. It makes for much less guess work on the wedding day. For example, if I know a couple doesn’t snuggle well during their engagement session we skip those on the wedding day as to not waste time doing things that look awkward or uncomfortable.

Outside of a package, engagement sessions usually run anywhere from $450-650+ depending on the photographer (mine are $550). I’m a destination photographer, so a lot of my couples choose to do their photos here in the destination they’re getting married at…but some would rather do something a little different.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

It wasn’t included in our package but we paid a discounted price for booking it with a wedding package, so it was $300 + travel costs.

Totally worth it for us because we got to meet and test out our wedding photographer in advance, and the photos are gorgeous. We had very few pix of us together otherwise and the ones we did have were low-quality iphone pix, so I’m really excited to have some nice photos that we can send to our families and just to document us at this stage in our life, show our kids someday, etc. I’m glad that I’ll have nice professional pictures that AREN’T wedding photos.

I think it’s a nice way to get more casual everyday type shots and candids, and get to know your photographer in a lower pressure environment than your wedding day. Also, it’s a good test of whether you like how your photographer captures you, whether you need to make big changes to your makeup, what angles you like of yourself, etc. If you end up hating your photographer’s style, better to find out in an engagement shoot than your actual wedding photography. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

1) Our engagement session came complimentary with our wedding package. The total package was $1999 and the engagement session was worth about $300 compared to her individual engagement sessions. 

2) We had our pictures taken in the beginning of October and our date is set for the middle of next November. About a year out was ideal for us because we planned on using our engagement photos for save the dates, Christmas cards this year, and decor for our ceremony and reception. 

3) Our photographer squeezed us in last minute for our shoot so we met at a location that was convenient for her that she has shot at before. We ended up going with a fairly local state park and it was beautiful. All of the trees and the lush greenery made an amazing background for our photos. If you have a place that is sentimental to you it would probably make a great background. We just wanted something pretty.  

4) Absolutely. We would have done them even if they weren’t included in our wedding package. It’s so nice having professional photos of both of us to use for various things. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

1. Like others have said they’re usually included in the wedding pcakage. If not or you want to do something different you could try some friends who are handy with a camera and if you’re not happy with them hire a photographer, shouldn’t be more than 300. 

2. I did my solo shots 10 months out and we’ll be doing shots together in the spring, 2 months out. If you go with the friend option further out is better because you have time to hire someone. Likewise with the package deal, if you hate your engagement pictures you want time to find a new photographer.

3. For me rock climbing is a huge part of who I am and I love the ones my friends took so I’ll just attach them 😉

4. So so worth it, check em out:

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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waitingbaekae :  

1) What is a reasonable price range to pay for engagement photos? Ours were included with our wedding package ($3600)

2) How far out from your actual wedding would you suggest scheduling a shoot? We wanted fall pictures, so we did ours about a year out from the wedding. Also was great to have them for save the dates

3) Did you have your photos done where you lived or in a place that was special to you (such as where you met, or one of your hometowns)? Any suggestions on which would be best? We went to locations suggested by our photographer! We told her the vibe we were going for, and she delivered amazing locations!

4) Do you think engagement photos are worth it? YES! It helped DH and I get comfortable with being in front of the camera, and it was fun!

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Post # 11
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Worker bee

My Fiance and I hired a photographer for an engagement shoot when we were going to Charleston, SC for vacation. I paid her $325 for the 1 hour shoot and got all my photos and a print release. I did not like the photos. Not meeting her beforehand and being in an area we weren’t familiar with really didn’t mesh with the photos and we looked uncomfortable in all of them. Maybe 5-6 of them I liked enough to consider showing others, but for the most part it was a wash. It was a bummer because the backgrounds of all the photos captured the beauty of Charleston so much, but our body language was awkward.

We met with a photographer in our area for coffee to talk about shooting our wedding day. She was so down to earth and sweet and I loved her photography style. She included an engagement session in our package, and we are paying her $1,800 for the package, which got us the engagement shoot, 8 hours of wedding day coverage with a 2nd shooter and a print release for all the pictures. We got our engagement pictures back a few weeks ago and I can’t stop looking at them, they are perfect. I will definitely cherish those pictures for a long time, so I think it is well worth the investment. It also got us comfortable with our photographer and validated our decision to select her for the wedding.

For our second shoot, we had them done at a beautiful park I had heard of in our city with a ton of brick and cobblestone, a water fountain, a ton of beautiful bushes and flowers. It wasn’t special to us and we had never been there before, but it was perfect.

Our first shoot in Charleston was done in April and at that point we were thinking we’d get married in May 2018. We ended up picking a date in October 2018 and had our second shoot done in October of this year to get the fall scenery.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

1) What is a reasonable price range to pay for engagement photos?

They were included in our wedding package ($1,000 for 4 hrs of coverage). I wouldn’t pay more than $200-$300 though for just the engagement photos.

2) How far out from your actual wedding would you suggest scheduling a shoot?

We did ours about one year out because we wanted to use them on the save the dates.

3) Did you have your photos done where you lived or in a place that was special to you (such as where you met, or one of your hometowns)? Any suggestions on which would be best?

We did them in my hometown, which was where our wedding was. I wanted to make sure we got a couple in front of some local landmarks.

4) Do you think engagement photos are worth it?

Yes, we wanted the photos for our save the dates, and it made us more comfortable with our photographer for the wedding day. I’m happy we got some of the awkwardness out of the way before the wedding.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I would defintely take engagement photos! Ours were included in our wedding package, which was $2300. The shoot itself was 2 hours. We just took our photos a few weeks ago – a little less than a year before our wedding. We took our photos in a town where my fiance and I always used to go on dates (we don’t make it there as much since we moved). It was perfect because this town is home to an Ivy League university. We got a nice variety of shots between the castle-like campus (think Hogwarts) and the more urban downtown area.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

Ours were included in our wedding package. We didn’t actually really want them, but our photographer urged us to and we’re really glad we did. Not even for the photos, but because it was really helpful to meet the photographer before hand and for her to get used to taking photos of us and stuff. It made it run a lot more smoothly on the day.

We did our photos just in our home and around our neighbourhood. We didn’t do anything with them, but I’m glad that we’ll have them in the future because we LOVE our place and will most likely have to move when we start having kids (downtown in one of the most unaffordable cities in North America, 2 blocks from the beach :/ ) 

Do them somewhere that’s important to you so that it’s not just posed photos where you look cute. I find engagment photos kind of odd because you’re capturing a day that isn’t really a memorable day in and of itself – it’s a photoshoot. 

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