The trends in engagement portraits have veered into artistic magazine layout styling, with couples’ engagement photos looking like they came right out of a movie. They’re romantic, breathtakingly detailed, expressive, set in gorgeous locations (not a photographer’s studio with a 2D forest background screen.) Time, effort and the work of multiple professionals, notably including the hours of the shoot, making best use of ideal light, capturing spontaneous occurrences like rainbows and fawn that wander into the shot, turn the dial up on this photo session – sometimes quite a bit up, when the photographer is known, in-demand, and experienced with an aesthetic that creates magic in an engagement shoot.
Whenever important, emotional, once-in-a-lifetime photos are to be taken, the value of this moment in time captured forever begets the very understandable prices for this type of photo session.
And like many of the big-ticket categories in weddings, there are costs on the front end and on the back end. In this case, the shoot is on the front end, and all the prints you’d like to order are on the back end. Considering that engagement photos play such an important role in the wedding season on social media, and in wedding décor, as well as in future home décor, this is a task best entrusted to a professional photographer – no matter how good your volunteer’s personal camera may be. Experts have a trained eye for light and timing that adds up to a stellar, celebrity-style series of photos to put into play any number of ways.