Where and what did you do for engagement photos?

posted 4 days ago in Wedding Related
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Mine were all outdoor, and included with my package. We did 3-ish locations, but not themed. The first we went to a forest that lead to a pier over a lake, so we did some forest pics, some pier/lake pics. We went to a small mountain/hill that has a beautiful view and took pics up there, then we went to the beach for golden hour/sunset pictures.

Have you had pro pics taken outdoors? Will you want any outdoor wedding pictures? I like thinking of the engagement pics as kind of a trial for the photographer and getting to know them and get comfortable with them. If you don’t want any outdoor pics for ANY of your wedding pics, then no need to do any for the engagement pics, but if you want even a few outdoor ones Id still give it a try. A pro photographer should know how to use the light to their advantage, and suggest better locations or times of day. 

For indoor pics only, does it have to have the special lighting? There are many other options (museums, indoor gardens, beautiful old libraries, etc) that won’t look like staged prom photos lol. Unless the staged look is what you want, I’d ask their opinion, as a studio would be the easiest and best lighting. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Yes 3! All the locations were fairly close together (literally called lake country, tons of beautiful lakes close together), I think it was just the afternoon until sunset. 

If you’ve already had outdoor pro pics that makes sense. But for indoor areas, sometimes you can book a time before they open or after they close. I will say *most* people are generally respectful if they see something happening and try to avoid. But if youre picking a photographer local to where you are doing the pics they should also have some cool ideas! Def utilize their experience in that. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

We did three locations – and outfit changes – as well. All were outside. One in a park, two in the city.

I saw some really well done engagement photos in a hotel suite and thought about trying to do something similar for one of our locations, but we didn’t. They were kind of like the getting ready photos of a wedding, but without any makeup artists, wedding party, parents, etc. There were individual photos of them each getting ready (her brushing her hair, him putting on his watch), both in the bathroom at the sinks smiling at each other, and then posing casually on a chaise in the room. I would think you would want to make sure your photographer has done something similar before and can make everything look very professional and fun. I would ask if they have experience in this and see if they have any shots they can share with you.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

A good photographer should be able to take good photos of you outdoors as well as indoors. But if you feel more comfortable indoors, you have loads of options – pretty much anywhere where the owners will give you permission and it’s not too crowded. 

If you know your wedding venue, you could have your engagement shoot there.  Or look at a museum or other tourist attraction (off season, so it’s quieter).  If you do a hotel, I’d look at getting pictures done in a library, lounge or conseratory area, as that would look less stagey.  One of my friends had an engagement shoot in a deserted warehouse – they knew the developer.  It made for a really edgy set of photos.

As for what we did – we never got round to having an engagement shoot.  We’d been engaged a while and everyone was asking why we didn’t have an engagement photo, so we were walking in the park one day and just grabbed OHs phone and took some ourselves – we were falling apart laughting and they are some of the worst pics ever, but at the same time, some of my favourites because we both look so happy!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

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@socalgirl1689:  

We’re going to do ours outdoor but, if you see my previous thread, we haven’t done them yet.

As to indoor – a lot of photographers near me have studios that aren’t classic SEARS catalogues, but are actual sets. My friend did hers with a lady who had a big room that had different “sets” – a bed, a couch, a countertop.

Otherwise, do you have any nice restaurants near you?

I live in Calgary where we have a beautiful new library that has won a ton or architectural awards and I’ve seen a few people doing shoots there too.

Post # 8
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Honey bee

To me, engagement photos are just a way to get used to formal photos prior to the wedding and specifically with your photographer.

In my first marriage, we did engagement photos 2 days before the actual wedding. They turned out great.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We had ours in a local garden and they went for about 1.5 hours and definitely helped in getting used to the camera and also in making the poses look more natural. We ended up with some really nice shots from the morning.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

I wasn’t keen on the idea of doing engagement photos, but they were included in our photography package, and I’m so glad we did them because it was a great way for us to get to know our photographer and the way she does things.

Ours were actually done at our wedding venue. There’s a wooded area out the back which we knew we probably wouldn’t be able to use on the actual day (February in the U.K., it would have been really muddy), so we had the shoot there. It was pretty fun and we got some lovely photos!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

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@socalgirl1689:  No real reason for February, that was the first available date our venue had which gave us enough time to prepare. Neither of us like hot weather (not that it’s usually an issue here!), and it also meant we had less trouble securing suppliers and got reasonable prices because it was off season. It worked out pretty well!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2022 - Studio City , CA

We have not taken them yet as we are still waiting to lose this Covid-20 weight but we are planning an editorial sexy shoot at LA County Museum of Art.  We want something that’s stylish so we are doing black and white photos dressed in what I would call pre wedding attire, very formal and very sexy.  I am sure your pics will be beautiful 🤩 

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