Post # 1
We didn’t think we wanted them because we will not be using them for save the dates or anything like that.
Then we realized that we have no good photos of us together. None.
So, how much does it cost for just engagement photos? We don’t want to spend a lot and we know we would want them taken outdoors.
(If it is too much money we will just skip it)
We live in New England in a pretty affluent area.
EDIT: Our wedding will not be for a while, but as of now we are planning on having one of our international friends for our wedding photos, so an engagement photo/wedding package does not make sense for us.
Post # 3
A lot of photographers include an engagement session in their wedding package so keep that in mind! I discovered that when looking for our photographer after we had already spent $450 on an engagement shoot
Post # 4
@freshflowers: Ours cost $200 for an hour shoot with a disc of all of the images without watermarks. Ours was done through our photographer who works for a company called “the pros”.
Post # 5
Have you booked your photographer yet? Many photographers (at least where I live) include engagement pictures in their wedding packages as a way to get to know the bride and groom.
Post # 6
@freshflowers: Ours was included with the wedding package, not sure how much she’d charge to do the separately. I liked it that way because even though I knew our photographer, Mr. S didn’t so he got a chance to know her and any awkwardness was quickly dismissed during that shoot so we should look comfortable in our wedding photos.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2014 - Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL & Cheney Mansion, Oak Park, IL
For places that charged separately in Chicago (I researched a ton) a common rate seemed to be $350. I think I saw a range from $200-$450, but I think $350 would be a good amount to budget.
Post # 8
Most photographers charged $300-500 in my area.
Post # 9
Ours also came with our wedding package. It included a limited number of digital negatives and a large canvas print of a photo of our choosing, with an option to purchase all of the digital negatives for $250 – well worth it! Definitely money well spent, and I’m so glad that we did them! I should add, we found a photographer outside of the Bay Area so her rates are more reasonable than those in our area. Some will charge travel time, but sometimes it’s still a better deal to find someone out of a main metro and pay for travel. Hope that helps!
Post # 10
Good professionals usually charge in the $500 range and up.
Post # 11
Ours was included in our wedding package. But I’m in the DC area which is pretty expensive as far as photographers go and when I was doing an a la carte search, I found it sessions ranging from $300-$500. Anyone charging more without major inclusions (prints, albums, props, multiple outfits/locations, location changes etc) I wouldn’t even bother because the e-shoots are only an hour or 2 and you can find someone really good without breaking the bank.
Post # 12
@freshflowers: You may be able to find a really good price from someone just starting out. You are taking a bit of a risk that the photos won’t be perfect, but it’s just e-pics, not the actual wedding, so the risk may be worth it.
Ours was in our package but if we got the package without them, our photographer would have charged us $200 to do it.
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
We did a short, one-location, one-outfit shoot for $300.
Post # 14
I include the service free with my wedding packages to my clients. If it’s a stand alone engagement session and they don’t sign with me for a wedding client, it’s $375.
Post # 15
Ours was included with our package but from what I saw for a stand alone session, most charged $400 and up. I didn’t look at any of the super cheap photographers, but I’d guess you could find someone less experienced for $100-$250.
Post # 16
@freshflowers: we paid a friend – a new photographer building her portfolio $150 for our first round of photos, we own the pictures, we got about 40 or 50 on a disc – they’re nice, not spectacular, but I got what I expected.
Our second round were included in our photography package and are non-negotiable cannot be removed for credit. so they were ‘free’ BUT we don’t own the photos, we can choose to buy them all for $500 (there are 80-90) or we can buy specific files for $50 each or we can buy specific prints. So far we’ve purchased a print package with a few, and I intend to buy 1 file that is hands down the best picture of FH and I that I have ever seen, it is the perfect reflection of us as a couple, I love it (and have a 16×20 print to prove it).
Like you, we have zero good pictures of us prior to getting engaged – in 9 years that’s pretty sad!