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Engagement shoot or extra hour of wedding photography?

C, on March 15, 2020 at 12:31 AM Posted in Planning 0 6
Hi everyone! I’m wondering how important it is to have an engagement shoot with your wedding photographer. FH and I originally planned to have his dad take our engagement photos but lots of photographers said that the engagement shoot is a good way to get comfortable with them before the wedding. Our options are to have 7 hours of wedding photography plus an engagement shoot or 8 hours of photography with no engagement shoot. We have our venue for 6 hours and want to do a first look. We don’t have a grand exit planned (and even if we did his dad or someone else could photograph it), and we only want maybe 30 minutes of dance photos. Ceremony starts around 4:30/5:00 with dancing around 8 or 8:30


Latest activity by Nicole, on March 16, 2020 at 12:02 PM
  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I would do the engagement photos then!
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    I would do the engagement shoot instead of the extra hour! We did one and even though it only lasted an hour, it was a great opportunity to get comfortable with the photographer and to simply get comfortable being photographed! Plus we got some great photos that we were able to use for our save the date.

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  • Jessica
    Devoted February 2020
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    Is your photographer able to develop a timeline of the day to better understand how those hours will be used? She had us fill out a form of questions to determine who will be in the pictures, what combo of pictures we wanted (mom, dad, bride; mom, dad, bride, groom, etc), which helped her to develop the timeline. 7 hours sounds like it will be plenty of time for what your looking for. I think we had about 8 hours and she was able to do first look, through the ceremony/reception, dancing, get on a bus and go to the Vegas sign and ride around on the party bus to get some shots. We have TONS of pictures.

    I personally was not going to do engagement photos, but it ended up being included in our package, so we did. I thought it was a lot of fun and a great way to get more comfortable with the photographer. Also can discuss details for the wedding. Plus you can get additional photos of yourself and future hubby that aren't wedding. Maybe could use them as decor for the wedding?
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  • Kathryn
    VIP August 2020
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    It really was a lot of fun to dress up and have an hour with the photographer. You can tell the difference for us - we went from very forced, rigid poses to relaxed and just being goofy with each other. Plus you can use the photos on your save the dates - I didn't have any other professional photos of us - and put a bunch on the website. Seven hours is probably plenty of time to get the shots you want, tbh.
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  • Alisha
    Devoted August 2020
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    I've been told the same thing so I say take the engagement photos.It will make your wedding photos go a lot faster if you're already comfortable with the person and they know exactly what you want. I really love our photographer and plan on using him for our anniversary photos in the future just for fun memories😊
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  • Nicole
    Super August 2020
    Nicole ·
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    I love our engagement photos so much, we already had two sessions and we’re having a third next month. I told our photographer we don’t really want dancing photos at our wedding. I think you’re fine with 7 hours for the wedding, and if you’re worried about it can your photographer give you a quote if he/she stays an extra hour?
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