(Closed) Not excited after having engagement session?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I kind of had the same feelings after our engagement photo shoot.  We did 3 locations and I just knew we had the same/similar poses in each.  I was so excited when we got them back! Since I had no idea where our photog was actually aiming/zooming etc., we actually got a lot of pictures that were very spontaneous and artistic looking!! I’m sure they will turn out great!  My only issue with our pics was that with some of the photos of me looking at Fiance, I gave myself a double chin. Frown  However, everyone else seems to think I’m crazy for pointing that out in those pics and comment on how we look so in love in those pics! LOL  I guess it’s true, other people don’t see you the way you see yourself.

Post # 4
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

It’s good to know for the future, maybe you and you Fiance need a bit more time in front of the camera (together and seperate) to be more comfortable saying “no, I want this instead!” Show some example shots from other weddings to your photographer for your wedding.
And when I say time in front of the camera, I mean just grab a digital camera and take so many pictures with / of each other that you fill up the memory card. Delete them when you’re done, if you like.
Even if they’re not professional looking, it’s good practice!
Make it a date, even! ๐Ÿ™‚ A photo picnic!

At least now you know now that your photographer might not offer you the direction you thought they might, so you’ve got to take it into your own hands!

I am sure your photos came out just fine! Don’t worry too much about it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@onourway13:  Don’t worry too much until you get the pictures back.  My engagement pictures were very similar – she told us exactly how to pose but then captured the way we interacted with each other in those poses, and that’s what made it more spontaneous.  My favorite picture is one where she had us sitting and was trying to frame us with some flowers in the front, so we were waiting and just chatting while she set up.  Turns out she snapped a few, including one where we’re just smiling at each other super naturally and it just really looks like us.  You never know how they will turn out – I really hope you love them when you see them!

Post # 6
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This is what I wanted too. Not a lot of posey, cheesy shots, Just more candid looking and spontaneous photos. Our photographer posed us for almost every picture, but when we got them back they did look spontaneous and candid. She was taking multple shots of each ‘pose’ so in some we were moving to get back to the posing position, looking at each other differently, etc.

Post # 9
6586 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d definitely wait until you see a full gallery. You’d be suprised how many times my clients look at their images (both portrait and wedding) and say “Oh my gosh, I didn’t even know you took that”. I’m always watching everything. There could be a moment where you two are just talking and you think your photographer isn’t shooting when they are.

That being said, it’s hard to tell without seeing them all. Only you know if you felt like everything was too posed.  I could be really honest and give you my full opinon based on having just looked them up online, but I’ll only do that if you really want it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Post # 11
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

The tough thing about engagement sessions and spontaneity is that there is nothing really happening.  It’s just you and the photographer, and if you don’t want the photographer to pose you – you as the subjects have to be engaging each other.  Of course part of this can be set up by a photographer who is used to shooting that way.  Like others have said, until you’ve actually seen the photos you aren’t going to really know what they look like, so I’d reserve judgement until then.

Post # 13
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@onourway13:  I can relate! I felt like we did the same pose for 2 hours straight. It was also a biting cold, windy day, and we felt like red-cheeked wind-whipped snotballs the entire time. I also brought a prop (an ampersand, I had seen some engagement pics with them that I thought were really cute) and our photographer didn’t want to use it – he’s not into props. So I was bummed about that.

And then I saw the preview shots and felt a little better — when I saw the full gallery (300 images) I was really happy. There were some serious posed shots in which we looked totally ridiculous, but most were great and there was a lot more variety than it felt like.

I hope you have a similar turnout!

Post # 14
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I hope you are over reacting but I’d say from that photo you may have cause to be unhappy. That’s not a great pose and you certainly don’t look comfortable or happy in the photo at all. I hope it gets better!

Post # 16
360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Yeah wait and see what happens before reacting. But if you are still unhappy, better to know now before the big day. If you want to stay with the guy, now you’ll know what to ask for, and if you decide to look elsewhere you’ll still have a reference point for what you’re looking for. 

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