(Closed) What are engagement pictures for? Are they only for announcements? Costs?

posted 10 years ago in Waiting
  • poll: Are you having or did you have engagement pictures taken?
    Yes! It's a must-have. : (15 votes)
    30 %
    Yes, but I don't feel it's that important. : (28 votes)
    56 %
    No. : (7 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    8351 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We are getting them just because we don’t really have any other pictures of us together and also they come with our photography package. We are also paying for the wedding ourselves. We are going to get them taken when it is not quite so rainy out, but I have seen engagement pictures that were taken in all the different seasons. It is totally up to you. What season do you feel most comfortable in? That is when I would get them taken.

    Post # 4
    5262 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We’re doing them (and paying for them ourselves as well) because it’s a good way to get a feel for your photographer, and we have no good couple pictures. After almost 6 years of dating, you’d think we’d have too many pictures – but most of them are cheesy prom shots, or those obnoxious kissy shots so many 15/16 year olds take for MySpace. (No, I’m not proud!) 

    No announcements in the paper here, either, but they may end up as part of our STD. 

    Post # 5
    2767 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    They are just for fun imo.  It’s a good way to make sure you like your wedding day photographer (a lot of wedding photogs will give you a free engagement session when you book with them).  It’s also fun to have some photos of you and your fiance.  You can hand them out to family members in your STD’s or put them in a newspaper announcement.  We framed a couple and have them displayed in our house too.

    Post # 6
    2408 posts
    Buzzing bee

    some people get them to help acclimate to a camera and your photog. it’s also a good opportunity to build a rapport with your photog. you can use them for announcements, guestbooks, decoration for your home, save the dates, basically whatever your heart desires.

    my guy and i recently took some portraits with a wedding photog friend of mine. kinda like an e-pic shoot. it was a lot of fun though it was weird posing for the camera the first few minutes but after a while you get used to it. if anything, it was great having professional pictures of us taken instead of my one-handed self-portraits that i’m known for.

    bottom line, they are nice but not necessary. depending on who you pick as a photog, e-pic shoots might be included. if they are, definitely take advantage of them! you might be able to add them on in addition to a wedding package, just check with the photog. and you can take them whenever and wherever. i’ve seen some great ones taken in the snow and some bees had theirs taken in some not so awesome weather but still turned out wonderful. they don’t have to be in a garden setting. we took ours on a pier; no gardens whatsoever.

    Post # 7
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    We’re both camera shy, so 1) we want to practice for wedding day and 2) we have virtually no pictures together.

    so yeah, we’re doing them. And we’re actually really excited.

    We’re working with our wedding photog, and I think it will help her get a better feel for how to photograph us on the big day – especially if I can go through pics with her and be like “yeah see how I have a second chin here? don’t let me do that on the wedding day!”

    Post # 8
    603 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    E-pics (from what Ive seen) are used for save the dates, photo displays at the reception, and to get to know your photog before the big day. I think they are a good idea, even if you dont plan to display them in any way, at least you have memorable pics from your engagement days and plus they are professional updated shots you keep forever. I would try to see if you can find a photog that offers a free engagement session on top of your wedding pic package, Ive seen that a few times 🙂

    Post # 9
    198 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We had very few good pictures together (he has a habit of blinking at the exact moment a picture is taken) and we thought it might be a good way to loosen up for the wedding. I ended up finding a photographer on the classifieds board who was looking to build her portfolio and was offering a free engagement session to couples in our area. I emailed her, set things up and we took the pictures last weekend. It was a ton of fun! She was so kind and the few teasers she’s sent me look great and are definitely the style we like. We’ll probably end up using her for the wedding as well. 

    I think its a really great experience and if your photographer offers it as a part of their package, it gives you a chance to become familiar with the process. 

    Post # 10
    651 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We had them done because we also had no real good shots of the two of us together.  We wanted to have a website for our families, since both of our families are out of town, and we couldn’t find a decent pic to put on there.  Plus, we both have kids & wanted some shots of all of us together.  We were lucky to find a photographer who only charged us $100 for our session & we get the disk of all photos and the copyrights, so we can have our prints printed wherever we’d like & save some $ that way.  We’re also paying for our wedding ourselves, but we didn’t want to pass this part up….

    Post # 11
    255 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    we just had ours today! yay! can’t wait to see them =)

    we did them for fun. seriously, no real other reason. it was fun getting all dolled up and working with a professional (and someone with a pretty hardcore camera!) we made and sent out our save the dates ages ago, so our photos aren’t for that. maybe we’ll display them at the wedding? not sure. we’ll probably frame a couple at home for display.

    we too, are paying for the wedding ourselves, but when else do you have an excuse to have a professional fun shoot with a photographer??? we had a real fun time today so am happy we did it!

    Post # 12
    713 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    they were included in our package but I am sooo excited.  we are doing a beach wedding but we will do these up in hoboken (in jersey right outside the city) where we met so it will be great to get some urban shots. We are using them possibly as our table numbers… one or 2 will be in my guestbook and also our favorite will be part of our sand ceremony. i cant wait!!

    im not totally comfortable in front of the camera, im a behind the lens girl so i think it will just make us more relaxed the day of the wedding

    Post # 13
    603 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Random, but I had a dream last night that I was getting e-pics done lol!

    Post # 15
    510 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    yeah we didn’t use ours for anything in particular…we just wanted to get them…I think we were originally going to put a board with one at the reception, but we didn’t end up doing it…they were actually the prettiest pictures of us that we’ve taken…

    Post # 16
    50 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Speaking as a photographer myself, I think they’re definitely a nice thing to have. Not as important as the wedding pictures themselves, of course, but still nice, and there actually are a lot of things you can use them for…

    For example, I’ve done a good number of weddings where the couples display the engagement photos at the reception (usually along with some before-wedding bridal portraits as well). And as some people mentioned before, it’s pretty standard for a wedding photographer to include a free engagement session with the purchase of a wedding package (and usually if you don’t get a whole package, if you at least get the photographer to shoot the wedding, he/she should give you at least a small discount on engagment pictures–try to negotiate that if you can).

    Also, a less-common usage for engagement pictures (but one that I happen to love and practice myself) is to use them for your guest book at the wedding/reception. I usually put together what’s called a “flush mount album” of the couple’s engagment photos–it’s normally around an 8×8 with 20 pages and is leather (or faux leather for a cheaper but equally attractive version) and I just get the engagment photos printed on a white background (leaving plenty of space for guests to leave their names and comments).

    You can also order one of these and put it together yourself (just have the photos printed in 8×8 form at your local print shop or find an online ordering site that you can upload photos and order from), order the album and put it togehter. You could also order more than one. The albums themselves are usually around $40. If you did want to print photos yourself though, be sure the photographer gives you print-worthy digital photos. Let me know if you’re interested and I can send you some great ordering sites.

    And as far as the engagment session itself goes, it depends on which tier of photographer you get as to how much it will cost. The upscale companies usually charge anywhere from $300-500 for an engagment session (although this may include a small print credit as well). What you want to go for is the mid-range. If someone is only charging $50 or something, unless you’ve seen their previous work and they’re great, you’re probably going to get what you pay for. What you want is the mid-range photographers (around $150-250-ish). They’re usually just as good if not better than the pricier photo companies/photographers but probably don’t yet have their own studio and therefore don’t have as high of an overhead cost.

    But just look around at several in your area and see whose work you like best–after all, the only opinion that actually matters is your. 🙂

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