Post # 1
Ok, this may sound cynical or unromantic, but what exactly is the purpose of engagement pictures? I mean, we’re going to be engaged for about a year, it doesn’t seem like a special moment that needs to be captured by a professional photographer.
My FI has mentioned getting them, but, as you can guess, I don’t really want to. I guess I don’t really see what the point is.
But I know a lot of brides on this board who get them and they do look really nice so I think there’s something I’m missing here. Those of you who got them, what did you use them for? Were you glad you got them? Anyone not get them and regret it?
Post # 3
We turned ours into a photo guestbook for the wedding, so I can keep an album and we don’t have to go the traditional guestbook route – I would never look at a regular one!
But we didn’t pay a professional. My college roomie was into photography, so she did ours for free. I wasn’t going to do bridal portraits though, for the same reasons you mentioned, except that I won a contest my photographer was doing, so I got those for free too! Score! 🙂
Post # 4
We’re only doing them because they’re included in our photography package and we were both very opposed to doing them beforehand. For our photographers, the benefit is getting us comfortable with them and the camera before the wedding . . . And, I guess it’ll be cool to have nice pictures of us in our normal style clothing, just being ourselves and silly.
Post # 5
Didn’t get them & don’t regret it. We’ve been together for 12 years now, so we have TONS of pics with us in regular clothes, doing silly stuff, or looking dreamily into each others eyes (okay maybe not tons of the latter, but we have a few). However, I do see that many couples use them in their STDs, on their website, thank yous etc., so I’m sure you’ll find something to use them in.
Post # 6
We used some for our website and put some out at the wedding. I was glad we get them because it gave us a chance to hang out with our photographers before the wedding. We had a great time and the photos came out really well, so it gave me a lot of confidence in them for the wedding.
Post # 7
We got it as part of our photog’s package. It’s a good way to get to know your photographer and get used to having a big ole lens in your face. We don’t really have any pictures of ourselves as a couple so it’s nice just to have pictures.
Post # 8
We got them because since my fiance is usually the photographer – we don’t have many pictures together – it was included in our photography package as well. Honestly though, it was a GREAT learning experience for when we do wedding photos.
- FH likes to raise up his eyebrow when he looks into a camera (did not notice this at all until the engagement pics!
- He is almost always the one who leans in for cuddly shots
- We learned which angles look best for each of us, and how we look best together as a couple
- I experimented with some makeup I was considering for the wedding
- FH decided to shorten his hair and have his eyebrows shaped a little less for the wedding
Post # 9
There’s places to use them if you want them. For us, they were included in our package, and if nothing else I thought they were a good way to “audition” our photographer, and just get comfortable posing for pictures since neither of us are usually big fans.
Post # 10
– they may be included in the photogs package
-they help you (as a couple) get comfortable with the photog, sort of like a dress rehersal
-can be used in sign-in guest books, as thank you notes, for STD, just for fun
we are going to have a session for all of the above reasons.
Post # 11
We used ours for our Save the Dates, our wedding website, our newspaper announcement, and we made them into a guestbook. It was also really good practice for have professional photos taken. I wasted a lot of the early shots by giggling too much and I’m glad I got that out of my system. Oh and we have a couple of them in frames around our house now. They make me happy. 🙂 And it was a really fun experience for us to get them taken. We both had a blast at the shoot.
Post # 12
another waste of money. Sure you guys look good but not needed. you can send them with save the dates, another waste and you can post them on the wall at your venue somewhere? lol
Post # 13
It’s definitely personal preference.
For us, they’re not a waste of money at all! We don’t have many pictures of us together since high school (crazy!) and the ones we do are at weddings, etc, and not the greatest. I would hate to have our 20s slip by with nothing but wedding pictures.
Plus, lots of people use engagement pictures for save the dates or thank you cards. But they’re definitely not necessary.
Post # 14
I agree with lilyfaith. I didn’t think they were a waste at all. Even if we hadn’t used them for anything wedding-related, I would have been happy to have taken them. But if you don’t want to do them, don’t let anyone tell you that they’re necessary! Because they’re definitely not.
Post # 15
Ours were included with our photo package. I thought about asking to have a killer Trash the Dress rather than E-Pics, but didn’t We took ours about a week and a half ago and are waiting on the proofs. Ours are going to be for our enjoyment and for our guestbook. FI and I are not huge picture people, so we dont have that many photos fo teh 2 of us.
Post # 16
We’re using ours for newspaper announcements and invitations. It was also really helpful to be able to get comfortable around our photographer. They didn’t feel like a waste of money to me because with the amount I spent on the photos and supplies, I’ll still spend less on invites than anyone else I know.