Quickie Question: Engagement Photos?

(Illustration of Deanna Pappas’ engagement photos via Green Wedding Shoes)
Maybe I’m confused, but I have to confess I just don’t get engagement photo sessions.

It’s not like I have a big thing against them. It’s just that I don’t really see the point. Then again, I tend to be camera shy at the best of times. And of course when Mr. Twistie and I were getting married, we didn’t have a budget that included many optional extras… but even if we had, we just plain never thought about engagement photos.

Then again, I’ve seen some really nice photo sessions that sprang from engagements. As I said, it’s not like I have some sort of moral objection. It just never would occur to me to do it.

But I’m curious. What about you? Did you do it? Will you do it? Do you have any strong feelings one way or the other?

Tell me all about it!

9 Responses to “Quickie Question: Engagement Photos?”

  1. Melissa W says:

    You sound just like me!! I am very camera shy & my Fiance & I are on a tight budget! We will not be getting any engagement photos done. I think as long as we hire an excellent Photographer to capture our actual wedding moments….then we are good to go!!! 🙂

  2. Kelly says:

    We did them because I wanted to use pictures for our save the dates. It was also a way for us to show off our more casual side since we are having a black tie wedding.

    It was also a way for me to make something wedding related about my fiance. We live in the city where we met, which is not where either of us are from. The wedding is in my hometown, so we went to the Field of Dreams in Dyerville, IA which is not too far from where my fiance grew up.

    I was hellbent on having engagement pictures because I do enjoy having my picture taken (picture day was always one of my favorites at school) and because I never had senior photos done.

  3. Claire says:

    We did end up getting engagement shots, but only because our photographer offered them to us for free. They weren’t high on our priority list, and they definitely weren’t in the budget. We also scheduled them too close to our wedding (like, six weeks before, yeah procrastination) to be able to do anything wedding related with them. And I’m still not sure what they’re *for* otherwise.
    But it was a good way for the two of us (both camera shy) to get to know the photographer and get comfortable with the camera before the wedding. Am I glad we got them? Yes. But I probably wouldn’t have paid money for them.

  4. Linda says:

    We didn’t because we were on a tight budget and neither me or hubs likes having our picture taken. But we lament not doing it because we’d like more pictures of ourselves. We’ve been considering doing an anniversary shoot but keep pushing it off til we’ve met our goal weights.

  5. apt9000 says:

    I wish we did. The only pictures we have of ourselves together from before the wedding are the few snapshots we were able to get at J’s last Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

  6. Cassie says:

    I’ve always thought of them as sort of a Thing Rich People Do. They need photos of their engagement for the Society pages, and all, right?

    It’s not something I’ve ever considered having done, and I don’t imagine we’ll do them – it seems sort of unnecessary, unless, as Kelly did, you wanted pics for the Save-the-Dates and didn’t have any you liked or wanted something special.

  7. Gina says:

    My cousin is a professional photographer so I received the family discount – FREE engagement photos! I’m not camera shy but my husband is. It was a great experience because we learned what angles were most flattering and how to make my hubby loosen up in front of the camera. It was worth the time we spent – our wedding photos came out beautiful!

  8. SarahDances says:

    I would get them done. I’m the exact opposite of camera shy, but somehow never seem to end up with more than a handful of nice pictures of me with my guy, even if we’ve been together for years. I would jump at the opportunity to remedy that.

  9. Brittany says:

    You are young and good looking only ONCE in your life, might as well take full advantage of it!