(Closed) Engagement Pics – necessary or not?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
901 posts
Busy bee

I think it’s an unnecessary expense. I think it makes sense to enlist the help of a talented friend or family member to take pictures instead.

Post # 4
4311 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Absolutely not necessary.

Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Unnecessary. We used a favorite snapshot that a family member took, and that was more than adequate.

Post # 6
2892 posts
Sugar bee

MOST things associated with a wedding are absolutely not “necessary.” We didn’t do e-pics. It’s expensive. We’ll get plenty of pics at the wedding. And a good photographer doesn’t need a 3hr private session with you in order to figure out how to photograph you. If you want to do it cause you can, great. But it’s certainly not necessary.

Post # 7
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Not necessary. But like I said on another thread earlier, a lot of things that are common today regarding weddings are not “necessary.”

We sort of compromised on this. Darling Husband actually wanted E-pics but I wasn’t sold on the money thing. Our compromise? We had my mother take them with her fancy camera (DSLR.) Is she a pro? No. Does she think she is? No. But we got some great shots and that was all he wanted. We used one of them on our STD and some of them in our slideshow and wedding website…and paid $0. 

Post # 8
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

When you say “unnecessary expense”, how much are we talking about?

I agree with you. Doing engagement pictures is a way to get comfortable  with your photographer and see the outcome of his/her work. I’m sure you’ve seen their work but when you see yourself in a finished product it’s reassuring.

I’m glad we did them, it was fun and we have that memory forever. We also used the pics for a bound book for our guests to sign.

Post # 9
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It’s not necessary… I only had them done because it came with my photography package. 

I don’t know if you are sending out save the dates or invites with pictures on them… but maybe a friend has a little DSLR camera and they can take a couple of shots of you for free.

Post # 10
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

Totally unnecessary.  We went without.

Post # 11
1327 posts
Bumble bee

You don’t have to do them, but I was quite happy with my engagement photos, I like having some nice photos of us in “normal” clothes. Most wedding photographers will do engagment photos for free when you book with them.

Post # 13
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Not necessary but if you can afford it i would. If not then ask a friend with a nice camera to snap some pictures of you guys 🙂

Post # 15
1292 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I thought it was unneccessary until I thought about how fun it would be to capture those memories and it’s definitely an “excuse” for a photoshoot with my fiance.. When else would I get that opprotunity?


I agree with PP about getting a friend to take photos instead of paying someone.

Post # 16
4929 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

You don’t have to, but a friend of mine is a photography intern and trying to build a portfolio. She offered to do them for free, so I couldn’t pass that up. 

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