Post # 1
I’d really like to do an engagement photoshoot when Fiance comes home for Christmas. Things were such a whirl that I couldn’t put one together after he proposed, but before he went home.
I’ve looked around at a few local photographers sites, but none of them list prices for engagement only – they’ll list a price for wedding, and then for holiday pictures/family photoshoots. Those seem to be usually 50-100$ but they’re also at the photog’s studio. I assume an engagement shoot at a site outside the studio will be more? How much did y’all pay?
In terms of the actual photoshoot, I’m also a bit conflicted about how to make it work. It’s been a really warm fall, and I’m worried we won’t have snow before xmas… I’d love to do it with cute hats and coats in a snowy forest, but if there’s no snow, it’ll just be all leafless trees… Has anyone done a late fall shoot and found a way to still make it look nice and sweet without leafy colours OR snow?
Last thing – I suck at photos. I never let people take pics of me, and the last professional photos I had were of my high school graduation. I don’t really know how the whole thing works – does the photographer suggest locations, and poses? Do we just kinda flail around and let the photographer give suggestions (tilt your head to the right, step a bit back) or is it all spontaneous?
I’ve googled some enegagement shoots and there seem to be a few common poses… Bees, are there any poses that you love how they look, or that turned out super well for you?
Post # 2
Our engagement shoot came within our wedding photographer price, it was a get to know you, get comfortable with being photographed kind of things.
we suggested the location, they suggested the places and poses within the location.
I can tell you that photographs of walking is dead difficult to pull off, especially if your Fiance walks with purpose like Darling Husband does.
Practise the smiles you make in the mirror and try to relax.
Post # 3
I think doing engagement pictures just for the sake of engagement pictures is stupid and a waste of money (obv my opinion). The biggest and best reason for e-pics to ME is to get to know your photographer.
So if you really want to do these, I’d get your wedding photograper in place and do it like that. Usually the photographer has some location ideas, so you can ask them for recs.
Post # 4
we didn’t do an engagement shoot, but we did a photoshoot for my 30th last year (I figured I’d never get married and I wanted some decent pics of the two of us that weren’t selfies) and we loved the photographers so much that we are using them for our wedding. From memory, the shoot was $AU150, but it was a special so these photographers are usually at least double that. They are friends of mine, and I’ve been following their career for years, watching them get better and better…
It was only half an hour, but we have abot 20 photos that we love (and 3 or 4 that we REALLY love and have up around the house). We are so unphotogenic that I didn’t know what to expect, but the photographers really are experts for a reason, they would tell us what to do (how to tilt the head, look at each other, poke your tongue out… cause the next frame is a laugh etc…) and it all just worked out. My absolute favourite is one where they had us standing in the bushes and I’m looking back over my shoulder and laughing… no one would know what we were wearing or doing, but it’s a great photo. My other favourite is one where we were told to hug, so my partner was being cheeky and gave me a giant bear-hug (NOT what they were asking for) and he looks cheeky and I look surprised and happy… it’s us. So yeah, just find someone you are comfortable with, be yourselves, and have fun and the photos will turn out. Don’t stress about location (unless there is somewhere meaningful to you?), time of year or outfits- it will all just work…
Post # 5
Sorry, I should clarify. We’re eloping, and there likely won’t be photos for the actual wedding.
I’m hoping to do this shoot partly because of that, and partly because I would really like to have some nice pictures of us. We’re both notoriously camera-shy, and I in particular HATE the way I look in regular photos. I’m hoping hiring a pro will give me some pictures that I can actually send to my family
Post # 6
Are you doing an exotic elopement or a courthouse? If doing an exotic, tons of photogs offer smaller ‘elopement’ packages so you can still have photos of the ceremony.
If youre doing a courthouse/dont want photos of the ceremony, your situation makes a lot of sense. Apologies if my post came off harsh! I’d email and ask about an engagement shoot. In my experience, they are $200-$300 and around an hour. You’ll get like 20 edited photos back.
Keep in mind, when you’re looking for a photographer they have differnet styles. If you want someone to pose you, you’ll want to avoid any ‘photo journalist’ types. Also, ASK! Say that you want help with posing and that kind of thing, be upfront. Some photographers love it and enjoy having full control, some prefer to be hands off and photograph as things happen naturally.
Post # 7
My photographer charged $300 and she gave us about 90 photos (every single photo she took – good or bad). We liked and printed about 50 of them. She gave us about an hour and a half.
Post # 8
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