(Closed) engagement photos separate??

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Engagement photos separate from wedding photography package??
    Sure why not?! : (10 votes)
    71 %
    Eh, sounds like double the cost. : (1 votes)
    7 %
    No, do them as one package - way cheaper.... : (3 votes)
    21 %
    other (please explain) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    433 posts
    Helper bee

    You can always look at it as a trial run to test a photographer before you sign a contract. And when you finally do decide on a photog they might subtract some money if you aren’t looking for another set of e-pics. I don’t think that it would really change your overall cost too much.

    Post # 4
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    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I think you’ll just have to look at some photographers you like and get their prices to see how it will all come out. I didn’t do my e-pics with my photographer, but only because I had a friend who offered to do them for free (and she did a GREAT job!).

    Post # 5
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    14417 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I dont think that it will make that much of a difference.  If you pick a photographer you like though, maybe you can strike a deal with them?  If they offer the e-session as part of a package that does make it cheaper, maybe you can say you’ll pay them in full up front for the e-session, but then have them credit you that difference toward the package if or when you actually book your wedding photographer.  I’m sure they’d be willing to work something out.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I think the idea of using the engagement pics from people that you are considering for wedding photographers for later is a great plan.  Even if you aren’t ready to book yet (and yeah I can get that you aren’t ready if the wedding isn’t for 2 years), you can still see if you like the style/personality etc.  

    Keep in mind that E-pics don’t HAVE to be under a session entitled as “e-pics” so if you are planning to do a couples photo session so that you have holiday photos to send out or something, I see no reason why they can’t be both ya know?

    I will say this in addition:  I loved having the engagement shoot be part of the package that I chose for my wedding because it really did give me better idea of the style and how well we worked with our photographer.  For instance, I know it’s all the craze to tilt photos (I believe it’s called ‘art’) but that type of photography isn’t my style – it’s distracting to me most of the time!  Because we had the e-pic session with my photographer I was able to see that he DOES like that style of photography (It hadn’t really shown in his website photos) and ask him to tone it down a bit for the wedding (which he did and I love my pics even more because of it!).  

    Post # 7
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    433 posts
    Helper bee

    just had another thought…. you might want to tell the photographers that you want photos for christmas cards, and not call it an “e-pics shoot”- associating a wedding with anything is always going to cause the coast to go up.

    Post # 8
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    583 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I had engagement pictures and wedding pictures done by 2 different photographers. It was mostly a matter of necessity. We wanted engagement pictures in the park where he proposed, in the city where we live, and the wedding was in my hometown. I don’t think doing it this way really cost us any money because we ended up doing a customized package with our wedding photographer and trading out the engagement session for an extra hour or two of coverage on the wedding day. You should definitely ask about options like that if you go with 2 different photographers.

    I do like the idea of engagement pics as a way to feel out the photographer and learn their style though. That just didn’t work that way for us.

    Post # 9
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    583 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I had engagement pictures and wedding pictures done by 2 different photographers. It was mostly a matter of necessity. We wanted engagement pictures in the park where he proposed, in the city where we live, and the wedding was in my hometown. I don’t think doing it this way really cost us any money because we ended up doing a customized package with our wedding photographer and trading out the engagement session for an extra hour or two of coverage on the wedding day. You should definitely ask about options like that if you go with 2 different photographers.

    I do like the idea of engagement pics as a way to feel out the photographer and learn their style though. That just didn’t work that way for us.

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