Engagement photoshoot… where do I start?

posted 7 months ago in Photos/Videos
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Bumble bee

I’m sorry, but is this for real?

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Sugar bee

Extravagant ideas and tight budgets rarely work together. 

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Sugar Beekeeper

 

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@floridagirlblue:  

Why would it not be- am l missing something? I think it sounds quite fun, though if they choose a fairly recent movie the reference will be lost on most people before long. 

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Worker bee

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@onlyxainz:  I’m sure it can be done, but I would imagine it could be costly. I used thumtack to find our engagement photographer. She only charged us $100 and we LOVE our engagement photos, although we were not doing anything specific like you are requesting. But maybe thumbtack could be a good placet to start as you would be able to ask for multiple quotes.

 

Good luck!

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Bumble bee

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@elderberry: Well, if I had a friend who paid to do something like that I would absolutely assume it was for a joke. Why you would spend money on this when you are having financial difficulties is beyond the scope of reason. 

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Busy bee

 

Honestly, I don’t think that’s going to happen on a tight budget, unfortunately.

Shoots are often priced based on number of locations (typically 1-2), number out outfits (typically 1-2) and time – usually about $100-$300 an hour.

If you want to have four locations, that’s going to mean time spent travelling around to these ‘sets,’ time for the photographer to get all set up and get the lighting right, time for you to change outfits etc. (not to mention the difficulty of finding a pottery studio you can use, a vintage looking dance hall, a pitchfork etc.)

Editing in fake backgrounds would also take a lot more time and skill to do – several hours per ‘scene’ I’d imagine. You can’t just cut and paste photos from the internet into the background and sell it because of copyright issues. 

You’ll also have to purchase each outfit yourself, and change your hair and makeup (to some degree) for each one. 

If you have a tight budget, it would make more sense to have a normal shoot with your wedding photographer because they’ll build it into your wedding package for much cheaper. 

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Helper bee

A studio will probably be your best bet. You’ll have to get the outfits together yourself because they’re so specific, but fortunately they all seem pretty simple. Then you can hire someone else to do post-editing work if the studio can’t. 

If you can’t find a studio specializing in this from start to finish, you can simply rent studio space on your own. They usually charge by the hour and include lighting and backdrops. Your photographer can accompany you and take the shots (or honestly, you could probably do them yourself with a tripod if you’re on a budget), and a designer could edit/photoshop afterwards. I also recommend Thumbtack as a place to start!

ETA: Don’t get discouraged, though! With a little creativity, it’ll be fun. My husband and I do photography for fun, and we’ve done stuff like this. It’s always a blast.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Just a note that American Gothic panting is a father / daughter not a couple. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I think to really get the looks you’re wanting, you’ll have to pay more for a really excellent, experienced photographer. I could see them all turning out very bad from someone who doesn’t charge much. I say this mostly because there’s sooooo many people out there who buy a camera and call themselves professional photographers. At least where I live there’s a huge difference in quality if you go with someone that is worth the higher cost. 

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Worker bee

That’s interesting but I agree it may come out pricey, especially if you recreate the decoration instead of just adding the background in Photoworks. That could also be an option, actually, especially if neatly done, but make sure you hire a good photographer. 

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Newbee

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@onlyxainz:  It could be really simple and inexpensive you are aren’t trying to do an exact replica. For example, my husband and I went apple picking and managed to recreate a shot with the feel of American Gothic (due to the apple picker and our serious expressions) but without the backdrop or outfits. Likewise, you could do that dance anywhere in any outfit. You could do an awkward kiss with your head askew anywhere wearing anything. The pottery scene might be more difficult, but you could substitute a different craft that’s more portable and have him sit behind you and guide you.

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