(Closed) How important are engagement photos?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
7581 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

They are not important, unless you want to get a good feel for the photographer. My photographer did them as part of the package and it made everything with her super comfortable. I feel like I can be open and honest with her and that there’s good vibe and communication there.

Post # 4
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We found them pretty helpful – it gave us a better understanding of our photographers and how they work, we were able to practice getting our picture taken and realized how much we would be tired of smiling for photos! It also allowed us to test out some sites that we later used for our wedding pictures.

I think it would have felt awkward to have the photographer show up on the wedding day, not having spent much time beyond signing the contract with them.

Post # 5
4383 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t think they’re necessary, but for us it was a good idea. We’re both kind of shy in front of the camera, so it’s important to us that we get to know the photographer and get comfortable around them before the big day.

Post # 6
1161 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

2 months ago I would have said not important at all.

But, having just gotten our pictures back I have to say I am REALLY happy we did it.  Yes, it helped us feel comfortable with our photog, but it also helped us learn poses that work and don’t work for us (I tend to do a weird head tilt thing that looks awful in pictures….the photog pointed this out and it really helped).  And, while you’ll have lots of pics of you in your wedding clothes after the wedding, its nice having some GOOD pictures of us just looking like ourselves.

I am SO pleased we did it.  I would totally go for it!

Post # 7
5669 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I like that we learned littl ways to stand and hold ourselves in front of the camera but other than that if they weren’t free I may say that they weren’t worth it. But on the other hand I love having some nice pictures of us to hang up around the house.

Post # 8
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I wasn’t interested in them at first but Fiance thought it would be nice to have some nice pics of us.  It seemed like all the pics of us were from other peoples’ wedding or of us drinking at bars/ parties.  I am now excited for them since we are going to incorporate them into the decor at our reception.  I think it will be also useful to have the time to work with the photog and get used to her before the big day.

Post # 9
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We didn’t get them.  We decided we’d rather have a photography package that was $150 cheaper!

It didn’t make much of a difference to us & now we have our wedding photos to showcase 🙂

Post # 10
1325 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

They aren’t that important in the scheme of things, but just fun to have!  We’re not using our wedding photographer, since my Bridesmaid or Best Man is a photo. student and freaking AMAZING!  We’re getting them for free.

Post # 11
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I only got them done because our photographer includes them in her package.  But I’m so glad I did.  I’ve only gotten a few “sneak peak” pictures so far, but they are amazing!  Also, its great to get to know your photographer a little bit before your big day and understand how they work.

I tend to be anxiety prone, so knowing her and what to expect on the day of gives me one less thing to worry about.  All in all it depends how much it costs for the session?  I would say if its maybe a quarter if the price of your whole package or less, it’s probably worth it.  But if it costs almost as much as your wedding day package, not worth it.


Post # 12
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am with enoh102…We incorpporated the pics we receievd into the reception decor. We had pictures at our sign in table including our special “well wishes” book.  The entire book had our favorite pics of our engagement session!  We had pics at our candy buffet & cake table too.  It was worth every single penny! 

Post # 13
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d put them in the category of nice to have, but not necessary.  I thought my fiance would be against it, but he did agree that we had so few pictures of ourselves together that it would be a good idea.  He ended up having a ton of fun doing it and I think we’re both really glad we took the time.

I plan to use them for the websites and the save the dates – before this, all the pictures we had were lousy, blurry candids.  Plus the ones my Mom takes, which she doesn’t know how to get off the memory card.  (Oh, Mom! <3)  It also really cemented how happy I am with the photographer we chose, both how comfortable we were with her and her husband/second shooter during the session, and how happy we are with the pictures.

Post # 14
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I thought they were more FUN then important.  In fact, we didn’t even use our photographer – I found someone on the ‘bee boards who was looking for experience, so we went with him for free.  And honestly, my Fiance is insanely busy right now, so they only time that worked was after his birthday weekend…so we were a little hung over and tired 😉  But we have a few nice pictures, and they are fun to look at.  But definitely not important!  Actually, I have even been trying to figure out whether I want to print anyone out at all, since we’ll be filling the walls up with wedding pictures in about a year!

Post # 15
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We didn’t do them and I’m glad we didn’t. We have been together for 8 years, and we have 1 zillion pictures of us in everyday settings.

Also, even though they’re “included” in packages, most photographers will give you a discount of you don’t do them. I would much rather have the extra money than more pictures.

Post # 16
2777 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I found them super important. DH didn’t at the time but when I explained to him that I wanted really good quality photos of us not in wedding attire then he saw my side of the camera (so to speak). Also it was good for both of us to loosen up in front of the camera a bit.

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