Are Engagement Shoots Necessary?
I often get asked if engagement photos are worth the time, money and effort they require… My response: 100% YES!
Engagement photos can be both a fun and intimate experience for you and your fiance. They allow you to get used to interacting on camera before your big day; but more importantly, you get used to working with a photographer ahead of time! (There is nothing worse or more awkward than stiff wedding photos… As nervous as you are on that day, your photos will last forever, so this is a great first step!)
If possible, you can even hire the same photographer for your wedding as your engagement shoots to keep that comfort level that you’ve established.
In addition, engagement photos have numerous uses. The are typically taken for use with the “Save the Dates” or for Wedding invitations. However, they make great holiday gifts for parents or close relatives. We used our engagement photos to make framed art for our apartment by printing the photos on a canvas and mounting them!
Keep an eye out for Shutterfly offers (get a free photobook with this link!) and you can make a great guest book for your wedding day. (You don’t necessarily need design skill either as many of the options are beautiful templates that you can just drag and drop in!)
So, do yourself a favor and take them time to get them done properly, rather than just using the iPhone photo you took of your engagement ring. You won’t regret it! (But you might regret NOT doing it!)