to engagement photo or not to engagement photo

Because I was sick of the 2016 election back in 2015.

So, that was the question for me.

While I am a photographer, and feel wholeheartedly that there should be photo documentation of every little life event ever, I am also equally cheap and looking to cut costs wherever possible.

So picture me back when Anthony proposed and we were sitting at the much debated crossroads of whether to engagement photo or not to engagement photo.  Quite the dilemma.

On one hand, I knew I wanted some sort of photo for our Save the Dates.  I personally always prefer a Save the Date with a photo to one without.  That’s just my own opinion, but keep in mind I eat, sleep, and breathe all things photo, so please, if your heart is set on a Save the Date without a photo, they are also incredibly adorable and have that perfect touch of class.

But on the other hand, I didn’t want to have to find a photographer in a new town (we had just moved out of state) and pay for an engagement session just for our Save the Dates, as our guestbook was comprised of photos throughout our dating years.

The photographer side of me knows and appreciates the time and energy that goes into a client’s package. It’s hard to see from the client’s side the culling and processing hours that go in beyond the 90-minute session of pushing a shutter button.  So I wasn’t about to insult the photographers in my area by turing my nose down at prices just because I personally only needed a photo or two.

However, the client side of me just wasn’t feeling it, and we were looking to have an affordable wedding from the get, so, we decided engagement photos were a non-necessity.

So I grabbed my camera & my tripod, set the self timer in some dune grass by Lake Michigan, and voila!  Luckily I didn’t have to beg Anthony to be cheesy with me, as these photos are all natural.  It’s not hard to laugh at a short girl running like a mad woman in heels on a beach to beat a ten-second timer.  Also lucky for us, it was Lake Michigan in February, so you can probably guess how many other people were around to watch, ha!

The top and bottom photos are the two we ended up using for our Save the Date, and the other one made it into our guestbook.  So this is certainly one way to do it.  It’s free, fast, and as easy as setting a the timer, focusing on your husband to be, switching the focus to manual mode (so the settings don’t accidentally change as you head to your position), hitting the button, and running like the wind to where you need to be before the light stop flashing, and….  ACTION!

But then again there is the opposite side of the coin: getting engagement photos done.  I shot an engagement session in Milwaukee two weeks ago, and well, I am completely smitten.  With engagement photos, with Milwaukee, with engagement photos in Milwaukee

Because there are certain things you just can’t achieve by turning on the timer and running to your spot.

The unplanned moments between the couple that may feel awkward in front of the camera, but look amazing.

The angle that no tripod will be able to achieve, because you don’t know it’s “just right” until you see the accidental pose unfolding.

And of course that creamy and delicious setting sun that your camera just can’t figure out on its own.

So, whether you plan to schedule an engagement session with a photographer, or DIY that bad boy like the badass bride to be that you are, no matter what you do, go into it with the intent to have a good time, and spend a fun, carefree hour with your soon-to-be.  No matter what you end up deciding, the photos will look great, because if they are professionally posed, you know you’re in good hands, or if they are candid shots taken with a timer?  Even better, because it’s just the two of you having a good time with each other.  There is no wrong answer, and at the end of the day, you will have photos of your love that you love, and that’s all that matters anyway.

Happy Tuesday! 💖

8 thoughts on “to engagement photo or not to engagement photo

    1. Thank you! And yes! It’s such a great thing to have to look back on! Not to mention it’s a nice way to decorate without having “too many” wedding photos around the house… as if that’s even a thing.. ha!

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    1. Aw thank you! I was a little hesitant about it at first, and that was when I may have had my little moment of doubt about the informal engagement photos, but it all worked out. And thanks so much! 🙂

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