(Closed) Skip engagement shoot?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It was just really nice to get pro pics of us done since we have never had them before.  We have a few framed and we will have them on the same table as the card box and gifts.  Plus alot of parents and grandparents really like them.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would just save the money and spend it on something more important. I know some people like them because they can get to know the photographer and get comfortable with them before the actual wedding. It can also be seen as a small test run, to see if you are really happy with their product. If that doesn’t matter to you, than I say skip the extra stuff. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We’re not doing engagement photos with our photographer, so the cost difference is going towards a CD of images and/or another album.

I should mention that if we decide to get a few taken for fun or posterity, my aunt recently retired from the wedding photgraphy business and she could do them at little cost.

However, I agree with you in that e-pics don’t really thrill me, so it’s unlikely we’ll take them. We have no need of pictures for paper goods, cards, or other wedding-related items, and I think it would feel like a waste of time and money.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We weren’t going to do them, but they came with our package, and we got such a good deal on the photographer already that I didn’t feel the need to nix it to save more money. Had we gone with a more expensive photographer, I wouldn’t have paid for it.

The one good thing for us was that we both felt shy and uncomfortable in front of the camera, so it was really nice to practice together before the wedding, and to get a feel for how we worked with our photographer. Plus, we loved the photos so it gave me total confidence in having chosen her to shoot our wedding.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our main factors in having an engagement shoot were 

– making sure we worked well with our photographer

– getting more comfortable in front of the camera 

and – finally having nice pictures of us together beyond ridiculous prom photos from years ago. 

 

by no means are engagement shoots necessary. They should be fun, and if they sound awful to you, don’t feel guilty skipping it! But if you’re on the fence, I’d encourage you to try it out. It was very helpful to us, and I’ll treasure our pictures for a long time. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We chose not to have engagement photos done, so we got $300 off from our photographer.  We have SOOOOOO MANY photos with eachother and picked a photo of us from a recent cruise to use as an engagement photo.  I find professsional engagments photos too cheesy for us, and think that it will be our wedding photos that we will really display around our house and what our family will really want from us.  We are even enlarging our ‘cruise’ photo and displaying it on a matted frame for people to sign instead of a guestbook.  Also, we are putting that $300 to other things for our wedding!  So if you are on the fence about engagement pics, think about it, if you really want them or will use them.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

My Future Mother-In-Law actually did some for us. She isn’t a professional but they ended up looking very nice. Before you splurge and go “professional” think about asking family to do some on a digital camera. This will allow to to see what you want to change (about hair, makeup, clothes, etc) and you may get several pictures you really like anyway!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I actually am really glad that we had our engagement photos done. For sentimental reasons, it helped capture us at the place that we met before we moved two states away.

Fiance was surprisingly really into it and he really adores our photos. Also, it wanted some great pictures of us in normal settings to look at and display. I’ve seen some brides who have their wedding pictures (like their profile pic on facebook) far long after their wedding – I would much rather have my picture be a nice one of us rather then me in my gown and him in his tux.

Also, I do agree that some epics are super cheesy – we took care into picking a photographer who takes picture that look un-posed and natural. We are pretty much in love with them. 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We also chose not to have engagement photos done.  I think they can look quite cheesy, and I don’t really want pictures of Fiance pushing me in a swing or dipping me across train tracks.  I understand that getting engagement photos help make you comfortable with each other and the photographer before the wedding day.  But I feel they aren’t necessary and are just another way for the photographer to make more money (when did engagement photos become the thing to do?).  Fiance and I are not the type of couple who would frame various engagement photos and put it all over the house.  I honestly think I would just laugh at some posed photo of us jumping in the air or going down a slide or what not.  But of course, get them done if you think you would like them!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I originally planned to skip engagement shots to save money, but they came complimentary with the packages.

I really wanted them anyway for a non-wedding theme 🙂

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