(Closed) Engagement photoshoot ideas&budget

posted 5 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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 DH does.

Practise the smiles you make in the mirror and try to relax.

Post # 3
3323 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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 # 6
3323 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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
5 posts
  • Wedding: August 2005

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