Tips for Anniversary Photo Shoot

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Photographer here….. I would price that the same as an engagement session. Are you wanting to shoot at just one location or more? Change of outfits? My engagement sessions last about 1-2 hours. I have done Anniversary shoots and they last about the same. Thats just my input.

Post # 4
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Newbee

I don’t have any tips but I just wanted to say I think it’s a wonderful idea and congratulations on 10 years together!!

Post # 6
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Helper bee

A lot of photographers price engagement, portraits, and anniversary shoots the same and have different options for each. Like one option is a a simple, 1 location, 45 minutes -1 hour shoot. Or 2 locations/2 outfits, 2 hours. A lot are having adventure sessions where you go to the mountains so those are multiple locations, outfit changes, and include driving time, 4-6 hours. 

Around me (around Seattle), the 1 hour shoots are like $500. Most of my favourite photographers are doing $600-700 for the 2-ish hour shoots. I paid $950 for my 4-6 hour adventure shoot though I’ve seen some amazing photographers (outside of WA) offer the same session for $800. 

For picking photographers, I’d find one where you like their style and their photos feel real, if that’s what you like. For anniversary shoot, I’d imagine you want to get real shots of love, smiles, and movement. If you like that, then make sure your photographer knows how to make couples feel comfortable and hopefully they’ll be able to get you two to be able to laugh and be authentic. I think that’s the hardest part of photography and a lot of “new” photographers don’t know how to do that.

My engagement photographer, for example, did not make me feel comfortable and I kind of regret going with him. I didn’t know until the session started that I felt really posed and fake. I’m not sure how our wedding photos will turn out, but I’m planning on getting 1 year anniversary photos with my dream photographer in 2018!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

LadyJDAG :  I would ask your photographer for sure. When we first contacted ours, we told him we have some favourite places that were a 2 hour drive and a mile in, mile out. So it’s kind of why we picked the “adventure 4-6 hour session”. If your photographer is an outdoor one, they’re likely looking for couples to do those kinds of shots, so definitely ask.

I know other photographers that do elopement shots the same way and usually the bride wears hiking clothes and then changes into her dress once they reach the end of the hike. I’ve seen shoots done where the bride brings a friend or relative to help hold things like her dress, bouquet, touch up makeup, and a giant towel so you’re stripping down too openly.

We also asked our photographer to suggest locations for us so we could compare our hike vs his locations. I wanted things to check out places with a lake and tree stumps or waterfalls. We ended up going with his suggestion instead and got a cool photo with a huge tree stump. 

Hope this helps!

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