Post # 1
I have a dilemma…we are due to have our engagement shoot on Nov 17th which is also my birthday 🙂
I love creative photos so I love the idea of using props like chalk boards and balloons. I told my fiance and he said he didn’t want to be in the photos with the props. He was dead set against the idea. He thinks it’ll look silly 🙁
Now that the photo shoot is drawing near I’m thinking of bringing some props and letting the photographer take a pic of me with the props. Will it look weird if I’m holding a “save the date” chalkboard by myself?!
Will our engagement photos look boring without props?
Maybe he’ll change his mind during the shoot if he sees me having fun with the props?!
Post # 3
Personally, I think props are silly and take away from the photos. We used zero props and got really beautiful, classy pictures as opposed to silly and fun. In 10 years, I want to see a beautiful picture of us, not a sign that says “he stole my heart”. I agree with your fiance, skip them.
Post # 4
ask him what he thinks if you held the props in just images of yourself. Especially if those are just for the album, not the Save-The-Date Cards, he shouldn’t have an issue with it. If he hates props he may not want you to use those on the Save-The-Date Cards either. You should compromise and only send out images you both feel good about.
I would be inclined to agree with your Fiance on his opinion on props though, they usually detract.
Post # 5
Remember these photos are about you and your Fiance, so I would leave the props out since your Fiance is so against them. Don’t worry, your photographer can definitely help you guys find great intimate and fun poses that will give you beautiful photos that reflect your relationship 🙂
Post # 6
Thanks bees 🙂
I guess the one picture that I do want is us holding a chalk board with our wedding date on it. Is it too much to ask for just one photo with a prop in it?
Our photographer’s other photos are great so maybe I’m worrying for no reason.
One of my friends put the idea in my head that our photos would be boring without props. She said “so it’s just gonna be a lot of photos with you two and the background?!”
Post # 7
Hi there. My Fiance and I debated the props thing a bit… I could go either way, he thought they were cheesy… This is what we settled on:
Most of the pics with no props, and if we wanted to add a date or message we would do that with Photoshop using graphics that could be added, changed, or removed. The one “props” idea that we did, was very personal.. rather than doing one of the trends we had seen online (picture frames, flags, balloons, etc.) we did a few photos of us sitting back to back in a field together and him reading his favorite book while I strummed my guitar. He loved this idea because it wasn’t a gimmick, it was a picture that projected who we are, what we love, and how we spend our time together (he loves to read and is a writer, and I am a musician).
Maybe your Fiance woud be into a prop that had a more personal meaning?
Post # 8
Can’t you just use a beauiful font to overlay your date on the photo? It’s more modern, and cleaner looking.
Post # 9
Maybe ask your Fiance to compromise and do a couple with props. I agree with him though, prop photos look silly and a little childish for something as adult as an engagement IMO. I cringe every time I’m asked to shoot them (which thankfully is rarely since engagement shoots aren’t really a thing where I live).
But you know, that’s just my opinion. If it’s important to you, try and get your Fiance to give in a little bit. You don’t have to order prints of them.
Post # 10
I would say don’t bring them.
Post # 11
If Fiance hates the idea, why would you do it? Find some compromise that works for both of you.
Post # 12
I’m with him. Unless the props are a part of who you BOTH are as a couple (like the book and guitar example above) don’t do them. They’re cute but they can sometimes come off as trying to hard to be unique. My favorite e-pics are the ones with no props. For me personally I like it when it is about the couple and not some chalkboard they found. But that’s probably because some of these props aren’t organic to the couple that’s why they end up not working…to me. But if you’ll be miserable without something I can’t see why you both can’t compromise and do a couple quick ones with something you like.
Post # 13
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If it’s really important to you, i don’t see why he can’t take a couple pictures with the chalk board. however, i agree with him that you should leave the props out.
Post # 14
@AlwaysSunny: But if she loves them why wouldn’t her Fiance just do it? Works both ways.
What’s the big deal if you have some photos that are boring with just backgrounds and what’s the big deal if some have props that are more silly…who’s to say the non-prop ones won’t be the ones to come out silly and the ones with props intimate?
They are just pictures. So have fun.
Post # 15
That’s what I thought icetea…we could have most of our pics without props but just a few fun ones with props. If they turn out silly then we just won’t use them anywhere but they could turn out great.
I guess it doesn’t matter because he doesn’t want to use the props so there’s not much point discussing it again. I might get the chalk board and if he wants to be in the pic then he can be but I won’t make him do it if he doesn’t want to.
At the end of the day the most important props are us…I’ve seen photos without props that are lovely so I’m going to trust my photographer and let him work his magic.
Post # 16
@mailingis: Tell him you will do some with and without and if he absolutely hates the ones with props you won’t send them out (they’ll just be for you)
He probably is just being a guy.