(Closed) Overwhelmed: Is it standard to have an Engagement photo shoot?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We only got ours done because the friend that is our photographer for our wedding included it in our price…I probably wouldn’t have gotten them done otherwise to be honest.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

We did not do engagement photos, but sometimes the photographer you hire for your wedding will either include the engagement photos in your package or do them for free. 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

They were included in our package, if not, I was going to have his sister do them

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We still haven’t got any engagement pictures done and were getting married in 11 days.  I won two free ones also.  I don’t think you need them. They are good to have if you want to put them on the invitations or use them for other things.  I think I will wait until our 1 year anniversary to get one.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We got ours done for free. I found a photographer on WB classifieds board who wanted to build her portfolio. All we had to do was sign a release allowing her to use our photos on her website.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

like a pp mentioned, some photographers include engagement shoots as part of their wedding package… so it may be something you end up having to pay for anyway.  we didn’t do one, wasn’t included w/ our photog, and i didn’t really want to spend the xtra $$$ then… i would like to do a newlyweds shoot around our 1 year anniversary, though!! 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Have a friend take the pictures. We are also on a very tight budget, so i asked a friend who really likes taking pictures to do it, they really turned out great!! Im sure you know at least one person who would be willing to take them for you. I looked online EVERYWHERE and picked pictures i liked and asked her to mimic them as best she can.

 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our engagement pics were included in our package, otherwise we wouldn’t have done them. They are pretty popular among the ladies on these boards, though I had never ever heard of engagement pictures until FI’s cousin had some done a couple of years ago.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

These shoots are pretty common… but only really for people who want to use the photos on save the date or invites. I chose not to do them because we are saving money and because I don’t like including pictures on invitations.

Fiance and I did not have a photoshoot, but DID have a family member take some nice pictures so at least we had something if we do decide to use photos in inviations in the future.

If you think it’s a good investment and something you will look back on after your wedding, go for it! 🙂

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper

@BrittMike12: E-photos aren’t necessary but they are a great way to get comfortable with your photographer before the big day.

Our photographer included the E-photos in his package without an additional cost, however if that doesn’t work for you than have a friend or family member take a few shots of you.

 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Find a student photographer… they’ll be willing to do it for next to nothing. I searched craigslist.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

It’s very common among my friends. But it’s not necessary. I guess it depends on how much you want cute pictures like that. If you don’t care, then don’t spend the money. People will look at them once and say aww cute. But nobody is going to stare at them all the time, except you and the family members that will frame them (if that).

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Our photographer offered us a free engagement session so we took her up on it and I wouldn’t have thought to do it on my own, but I must say, it was GREAT for getting more comfortable in front of the camera. I don’t think the pictures themselves are all that necessary, but it is pretty valuable to get those first few awkward pictures out of the way BEFORE your wedding day.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We’re not doing one, but I know lots of people who have had it done on a budget! My SIL had hers done by a family member, so it was free and they got to get used to being in front of the camera. Honestly, the only useful thing that I wished we’d done them for was the save-the-dates… it seems like everyone uses an e-shoot picture for those things! We did fine without one, though, and decided to put the money we saved toward a really awesome wedding day photographer instead. 

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