(Closed) Is 'Engagement Photo' necessary to get to know the photographers?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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msdolphine:  if engagement photos with your photographer will be too much hassle (or you can’t get into the location you want), I think it’ll be probably sufficient to get to know them with maybe just a coffee meeting in your city. Maybe a Skype call if you can’t meet up. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel

I love that we got to take engagement photos with our photographer and get to know her better. I think it made us more comfortable and now I have no doubt that I will look great in all of the pictures she provides us. 

If you can make it work I would but if it’s going to stress you out then passing might be better. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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msdolphine:  I totally get what you mean. Our engagement session with the girl we want to be our photographer (haven’t made it official yet) really did help us figure out how she worked! Maybe you can work something out and find a cool different location?

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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msdolphine:  We just had my friend whos an amateur photographer take our engagement pics – we just wanted one for the STD. We got our photog for the wedding by recommendation and really looked at his pictures in his portfolio and on facebook and knew he’d do a great job. I dont feel like we missed out on anything by not “getting to know” him beforehand. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

Since we had a Destination Wedding we couldn’t get to know our photographer beforehand. We just had a friend take photos for our STDs and didn’t meet our photographer beforehand, but she was AMAZING!  She was highly recommended by our wedding planner and working with her was so easy. 

If you can meet beforehand, great, if not- it’s not going to make for bad wedding photos. 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Our photographer is giving us a free engagement shoot which is to get to meet us as well. From what he said, it is a way to get comfortable with him and actually have a conversation before he and his partner show up on our wedding day to take photos. Do what is best for you. I don’t think it’s going to change the quality of their work, but more so get to know you and your partner and to be as comfortable as you can be with them and for them to learn your style of photography and maybe what works best for shooting day of.

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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msdolphine:  From a photographer’s POV, yes, it does help. That being said, it’s not the end of the world if you can’t make it work. I can tell you from experince that my couples who take advantage of their engagement session (I include a complimentary session as part of my wedding package) have a much better connection the day of the wedding. For most people being the center of attention and in front of the camera is already an awkward thing – so anything you can do to help be more relaxed the day of the wedding is great. The other big plus, aside from the connection and building the relationship with the photographer, is for them to see how YOU guys interact. Most of the time we’re working with a really tight timeline on the wedding day, and if you can minimize the amount of time your photographer is having to “find your best look” – the better. When I do engagement sessions, I’ve already got a feel on how my clients interact with each other – the way they turn their head – the way they hug, etc.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We didn’t want engagement photos. We just talked to him over coffee and knew we were comfortable with him, loved his portfolio and talked to him about what we wanted. We explained he wasn’t going to be able to pose us, we don’t like fakey posing for pics, we just wanted him to let us talk and laugh and catch how happy we are…and he did exactly that.

i think you’ll be fine without the engagement shoot. If you like him and like his work that should be enough

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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msdolphine:  We got our engagement pics done by someone else. It wasn’t a big deal, also, the pics were done about 15 hours from each other so it wasn’t really an option.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Also, I didn’t actually meet my wedding photography until the morning of the wedding, before that we skyped once and everything worked out great!

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