(Closed) Help!…How long were your engagement photo sessions?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

About 2 hours. But if you and the photographer have a list of some poses that you want and can be familiar with some good spots to take the pictures, I think you can make it work…you could possibly change into another outfit really quickly after about 20 minutes

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Fiance & I did a 45 minutes session – and to be honest – if you aren’t totally comfortable with your photo being taken by a “stranger” you won’t warm up enough for it to show in the pictures!!  I have maybe 2 that both of us look like we aren’t faking a smile / one of us being awkward.  Haha!

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It depends on how many locations you want to do.  Our photos took a little over 1 hour and I had an outfit change, but that was us driving around for part of the time looking for a good place for a second location.  If you have an idea of where you want to go and you let your photographer know ahead of time I’m sure they can budget the time.  

I wouldn’t worry though because your photographer has probably done this before and will make sure you get what you’re looking for.  

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I should mention that I knew my photographer though. LAWNwrangler makes a good poing

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Our package included an engagement session that had no time and location(s) restrictions. In other words, the engagement session was as long as we wanted it to be and we can have numerous locations. We opted for one location because we knew it would take time to travel from place to place and it could be tiresome. Our session was 3 hours long and I’m not going to lie….we were tired! What I loved about our session is that I didn’t feel rush only until the end since we wanted some pictures when at sun set and our photographer gave us the exact time the sun was going to set.

Personally, I hate to rushed and I think I would preoccupied thinking about the time. I’m sure you will be able to switch to a second outfit. I did not take long to switch outfits (I had 3 outfits) because they were all dresses….it was just easier for me to slip in and off.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My engagment session was close to three hours.  It tood us a while to warm up to the camera.  ( I hate my pictures being taken)  As long as you know what you want, I think you can make it work in 45 mins.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

ours was two hours

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Mine doesn’t really count… prolly about 3 hours – 1 outfit change, 2 locations (although, at both locations we used 2 different areas… so kinda 4 locations)…

But my photographer is a close friend… Like we all went out for pizza afterwards (Photog and his Fiance, me and my FI)… So very different situation 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t know that we had a time limit but I think it took about two hours. One location and no changes of outfits. 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper

Ours took about 2 1/2 hours but then we had several locations through out Yosemite National Park. I would think that 45 minutes would be plenty if you stuck to one general area.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

ours was an hour

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Romantigua: We only met our photographer twice before our e-shoot but we loved her personality when we first met her. It felt like we were meeting up an old friend which I was not expecting that reaction. Needless to say, our photographer is our favorite vendor thus far and we had so much fun at our e-shoot with her. Our last scene was a picnic shoot and I made sandwiches to eat and Fiance made sangria. We made enough for our photographer to join us and we had such a great time. We are even planning to go on a double date with her and Fiance. Like, I said never expected for such a relationship to develop but I am happy it did.

What I can suggest to you is to sit down with your photographer and let her know what you want to do in your e-shoot. You can even give her ideas of pictures you like to capture (my photographer encouraged it)  during your e-shoot. Maybe having this meeting can help you become comfortable with her.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper

We just did ours yesterday and it took about an hour and a half.  We had booked an hour, but we were all having a lot of fun and the photographer (and her husband) were so cool.  I changed my outfit once.  I’d say it took about 15-20 minutes for us to warm up and stop making weird faces, though!

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