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

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I live in Australia, and here it is practically unheard of to do an engagement shoot.

It is a fun excuse to get some good pics, but I would not spend too much $$ on it, save that for the wedding pics!

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We did ours ourselves!  My fiance bought a little tripod for our digital camera, and we toted it around our old college campus and took ramdom shots here and there.  I think it was probably about $20 for the tripod, and that’s about it!  🙂  I saw engagement photos as something that would get replaced around the house as soon as we get our wedding photos back, and it just didn’t seem like a good investment to me.

Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

They are becoming more common but there is no rule that says you have to!  Don’t feel pressured to get anything that you dont want or cant afford.  Often photographers will get you to book a package and include engagement photos – but you don’t have to use them!  If you really want them try looking for someone cheaper – maybe even students or start up businessess locally or on craigslist. 

Post # 33
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1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

They are becoming more common but there is no rule that says you have to!  Don’t feel pressured to get anything that you dont want or cant afford.  Often photographers will get you to book a package and include engagement photos – but you don’t have to use them!  If you really want them try looking for someone cheaper – maybe even students or start up businessess locally or on craigslist. 

Post # 34
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413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

You don’t have to do engagement photos if you don’t want to.  HOWEVER, I strongly recommend getting professional engagement photos done by your wedding photographer.  My fiance and I are using some of them for our save the dates.  But more importantly, this will give you and your photographer a chance to mesh well, so you will not be nervous with them being with you for most of the day on your wedding.  The photographer will also be able to learn how best you photograph (best angles, etc.).  Not to mention you will have some great photos of you and your fiance that you will probably want to display in your home.  Best of luck!

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Apart from the folks that send out e-photos as STDs, what do you do with them?  

They either were just not done in the area where I’m from, or they came into fashion after most of my friends had gotten married, so they were a totally new concept to me when I started reading weddingbee.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It was important to me because I really wanted some great photos of me and my fiance that I didn’t take myself at swkard arm’s length, and because we’re both pretty shy – I really wanted some practice in front of the camera, and time to loosen up with my photographer.  We tend to shy away from gratuitous anything, so I figured we could use a little navel-gazing at this point in our lives.  It’s kind of a once in a life time chance to be a little gratuitous as a couple!  Plenty of other decisions to be practical about, and we’ll have these great casual shots to look back on forever.

It turned out to be really, really fun, and a great way to check your photographer out before the wedding.

Post # 39
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199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Post # 40
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79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

If you’re in the NYC area, this wedding photographer says he’s right now adding to his engagement portfolio and looking for couples to photograph

http://www.gemasana.com

 

Post # 41
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Bee Keeper

A few of my friends have done it but most did not.

Post # 42
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ours will be free. Since we weren’t in California (Where the wedding will be) for our engagement, the photographer is doing a free “day after” shoot in its place.

Post # 43
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341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We opted for a cheaper photo package that didn’t include engagement photos.  Photography was already a big chunk of the budget.  BUT, we did get some engagement photos done by a coworker looking to build a portfolio.  Here’s the thing– you can take more risks with engagement photos because you can always find a second amateur/friend to do a second round.  The wedding is a one-time deal.  So, we spent our money there, and saved on engagement photos.  For engagement photos, of you don’t know someone, you can always post to Craigslist, ask a local art school, etc.

 

Good luck! And congrats!

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