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Engagement Photos? February 27, 2009

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I am just not sure about the whole engagement photo thing. Is it something we should invest in, or should we just save our money for the wedding? I think engagement photos can be a lot of fun (especially considering they’re so much more relaxed than when I got married the first time 11 years ago) but for some reason I just don’t feel like they are a very high return on investment. I think I’d rather save the money and hire a more expensive wedding day photog, but I am just not sure….

Do you think engagement photos are a true necessity, something nice or a waste of money?

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6 Responses to “Engagement Photos?”

  1. Abbie Says:

    In our area, most photographers had a package that included the engagement session. They’ll tell you that it helps you get comfortable in front of the camera before the wedding day. We asked all of the photographers we looked into if they would extend shooting time the day of rather than doing the e-session. Some were more receptive than others. Although it would have been nice to get more comfortable with shooting, J was adamant he didn’t want to do it… so we’re not doing one. His argument was that we would more likely display pics of our wedding day than in just regular clothes.

  2. Leika Says:

    I think…something nice. For us, they were a photog test drive. A lot of people use them on STD’s. But, if you have a friend or family member who’s handy with a camera, you can also DIY them. A lot of photographers offer deals where they’ll include the engagement shoot, or give you a discount on it, when you book them for the big day. Don’t count it out yet, but don’t blow your budget to get THE PERFECT e-pics.

  3. tonya Says:

    Abbie and Leika– good point about getting comfortable. I don’t think that Sergei has ever had anything like what’s coming in terms of photography (no senior pictures, etc) so that would be a good idea. I like your idea of someone extending the time on the big day intead, as well. I have a friend that is looking at starting up an photography side-business so maybe I will give her a call and see if she would do it for us (hopefully at a discount) to build her portfolio and to get us comfortable.

    Thanks you guys!

  4. Dominic Ford Says:

    My Dad is a wedding photographer, and he offers very flexible packages that allow the Bride/Groom to select which parts they want, and then just charges accordingly.

    From my experience working with him, they are a really good idea. Not only do they allow you to get used to being in front of the camera, they also give the photographer a feel for you, for what you want. Every couple is different, and they don’t all like the same kinds of shots, so a quick test run ahead of time helps you get to know each other better, leading to better pictures for the genuinely important events.

    In addition, they give you something to display during the wedding.

    I highly recommend you sit down and talk with your photographer, discuss your concerns, and ask what he thinks. Also, talk about the kind of pictures you are looking for. Check for whether you get rights to your pictures, because a lot of photographers make you pay extra for them. If you see anything you aren’t comfortable with, or you don’t mesh well, or the photographer just seems like a money grubbing jerk, well then… find a different one.

  5. tonya Says:

    That is really great advice Dominic! I will for sure give all of that careful consideration. I am sure it will help, too, once we have a photographer that we really like and we can compare packages.

    Thank you!

  6. jessimarie33 Says:

    We are debating this issue as well. It was nice reading this advice. We don’t really want to waste the money, and thought about just having family or friends take a nice photo of us for announcements and such. But, there is a good point behind having it done…


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