Post # 1
do most people use their wedding photographers to take their engagement photos as well? our wedding photo package does not include an engagement photo session. we have to pay for that separately. would it be a good or bad idea to use a different photographer?
also how much is the avg for an engagement photo session? how many hrs is an engagement photo session?
we’re paying a lot of money for our wedding photographer so we’re debating on using someone cheaper for our e-pics.
any input will be much appreciated!
Post # 3
We decided not to do the engagement photos since we don’t live where we’re getting married and it would mean a separate trip out. Our photog was charging $100 for the engagement session as part of the package – separately, I think it would cost more.
Post # 4
Our package included the e-pics, so I can’t really say about the price difference, but I will say that using the same photographer is a great way to really test them out before your wedding day.
Post # 5
I had to add on the engagement session… some people apparently don’t use them. My photog charged an extra $75 onto my package.
If it is a time or location issue (like redsoxgal), use a different photog.
Check craigslist for additional photogs just starting out. You might find someone willing to take considerably less than what you’d expect to.
Post # 6
I think it depends. We went with a really good photographer for our engagement. But he pulled a favor for us and it was only couple hundred, butfor 2-3 hours. But here’s one photo from it. Definitely worth it.
Post # 7
our wedding photog is also doing our engagement pics. he had ala carte pricing as well as package pricing. we ended up picking a package that included e-pics. but ala carte e-pics was $300.
i don’t think its a big deal to use someone else for e-pics. you could get pics that are a different style than your wedding pics which is cool. we just ended up using the same person to avoid doing addtl photog research 🙂
Post # 8
My friend did our engagement shoot for us as a gift and we loved it! If you live in the area (so-cal), he used to do wedding photos too, but is now more interested in doing engagement photos instead of weddings! If you’re interested, i’ll see how much he charges. http://www.flickr.com/photos/loc_nguyen/
Post # 9
We paid extra for the engagement photos by the same photographer. It’s a good way to get to know your photographer and learn how to function together – get the feel for each others personalities. And the type of pictures you really want.
I would say that using the same one would be a good choice.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2007 - Restaurant in Burlington
our engagement photos were included in our package and i’m so glad we did them with our wedding photographer. a) it gives you a chance to get comfortable with and get to know your photographer and b) you get great more casual photos to have and use how ever you like. we used our e-pics on our wedding website, as an enagement annoucement in our local paper and alumni publications, in our first xmas card after we were engaged, and on our mini-moo cards we used as placecards tied to lavender bundles.
i would recommend you have your photographer do them. we too lived 300 miles from where we were getting married but we used it as an opportunity to get some planning done while we were there for the photos (we had the pictures taken 11 months before the wedding).
Post # 11
I second what onion said. It really gave us a chance to be with our photographer and get comfortable with him and one another. We’ve used our photos for all kinds of things as you’ve seen.
Our session was $450/2 hours and we get a DVD of all our photos in high resolution. I was told $450 is on the high side so I would say $200-350 is more like it.
Can you try asking your wedding photographer to cut you a deal on the e session since you’re using them for the wedding? It doesn’t hurt to ask.
Post # 12
i think i will see what i can do about getting a deal with our wedding photographer on our epics. we asked about it when we first went in for our wedding photo consultation and he said he charges $1500 for an hr. (if youre wondering about the ridiculous pricing, we’re using joe buissink.) maybe he’ll lower it now that we’ve paid our deposit for our wedding photos. i agree with you guys in that it would be a good way to get to know our photographer (and vice versa) before our wedding.
thanks for all of the feedback! 🙂