On the Fence About Engagement Pictures

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Are engagement photos worth the money?
    No, save your money! : (16 votes)
    42 %
    Yes, take the pictures! : (22 votes)
    58 %
  • Post # 2
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    Busy bee

    You might regret not going getting them done so look around to see if there’s any college students trying to build a portfolio or such. Craigslist often has ads posted by amateurs looking for experience. My cousin hired one through craigslist for a pre-wedding event last second because her original photographer cancelled. But the amateur turned out great! Some seniors in high school often do senior pics for other students so if you anyone in high school they might know if there’s any student willing to do engagements shoots… 

    Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    We DIY’d them which made fun a super fun afternoon, gave us cute pictures, and saved us the money of having to pay a professional.

    Post # 4
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    Oftentimes the engagement photos are included in the wedding package and not a separate charge. With that said, my photographer does do it separately and I paid for it anyways – think of it as a tryout for your photographer as well. Sometimes you can find that you just don’t click with them in person, and it’s better to find that out before the wedding 

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

    clairhuxtable :  My sweetie proposed on vacation in Jamaica, so we had professional pictures taken at the resort before we left… Which honestly, I think we would have had taken anyways just because it was our first big trip together. We never planned on using them for anything except keepsakes/sharing with family. We probably would have had a real engagement shoot, but we were only engaged for 6 months and got married sooner than we expected so there was no need. Getting photos done doesn’t have to be overly expensive. I booked our wedding photographers (who won an award from The Knot last year) through Thumbtack and paid very little for our wedding photos, which are amazing. 

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    clairhuxtable :  Are you hiring a photographer for your wedding day? Most include an engagement session in their packages because it also helps them get to know you and your style.  We weren’t planning on doing engagement photos in the beginning (same reason, didn’t want to spend the extra $$), but we got a session with our photographer and I’m so glad we did them – not only did we get great photos, but it was really fun!

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I say do it, it’s so worth it…for a few reasons, 

    1. It’s nice to have professional pictures of us not in wedding gear,

    2. My husband is super camera shy and hates getting his picture taken. So by doing the engagement pictures it got the jitters out for him and made him open up and feel more comfortable with our photographer leading up to the wedding. It was a win win.

    3. Plus it came with our photography package so you should inquire about yours when you book! 

    Post # 8
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    Our photographer didn’t include them in the wedding package, so I was back and forth for a while on it too. Ultimately we got them done, and i’m glad we did. It was a good way to get to know her and her style. We’re also not the type who enjoy getting our pictures taken, my fiance especially, so we now feel more at ease for the big day. We ended up using the pictures on our save the dates and got a few framed for our parents. 

    Alternatively, if you know someone with a good camera or an amateur photographer looking to build their portfolio, that might help you save some money. 

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper

    IMO getting ‘ala carte’ engagement pics are a waste of money. If your photography package includes htem (mine does) then its a great way to get comfortable with him/her and kind of learn how to pose and whatnot.

    FWIW we got engaged last april, are doing photos this april (this month) and wedding in sept. We didnt want to use our pics for stds or invites, but we’ll probably display some at the wedding and whatnot.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee

    We’re not. We were going to, but it’s an extra $800 so I think we’ll skip it. I really don’t see the point in spending the money, you could take photos yourself at home for nothing, and they would be intimate and cute. I find engagement photos to be super cringe and tacky too, so they’re not really photos I would want anyway

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Do you have a friend who’s a hobby photographer with a nice camera who might take a few for you?

    Post # 13
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    164 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    We were on the fence for a bit, too, but I read a lot about how it’s a great moment to get to know your photographer and get comfortable with them. Especially if you’re not really into taking pictures (my Fiance and I….) it helps you to be comfortable on the wedding day since you’ve already been with the photographer. That’s what sold us on trying it! We’re not doing our pictures until a month before the wedding though due to travel schedules, so they are definitely not for invites! 

    Post # 14
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    We didn’t want to waste money on engagement pictures. We take pictures of ourselves together all the time. When we got engaged during a weekend getaway, random people offerred to take pictures of us on our cell phones. You don’t need an engagement photo shoot to get married. 

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    We didn’t do engagment photos as we just weren’t that into it.  And no, I don’t regret. It just makes me look forward to my wedding shots even more 🙂

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