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Prince William and Kate Middleton Mario Testino Engagement Picture

Professional Engagement Photos — a Do or a Don't?

The chance to take professional photos as a couple doesn't come along often. So many people take their engagement as a chance to dress up and have their pictures taken to mark the once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Sometimes the shots are sweet and simple, like this recently released photo of Prince William and Kate Middleton taken by famed fashion photographer Mario Testino. Other times they're against the background of crashing waves or somewhere else you probably wouldn't be strolling around in a fancy dress. And some get really creative, setting up romantic movie-inspired photo shoots. No matter where they're taken, they often end up on Facebook. Do you think they're a do or a don't?

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genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
Nah. I've seen people get them done and they always come out looking great, but when it's posed it doesn't capture the sincerity of the moment
amber512 amber512 6 years
A do - if that's what you want. My husband and I definitely didn't do it.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 6 years
I am not a huge fan of them. Our wedding was very casual, so we did not even consider having them done because our wedding photos looked a lot like engagement photos.
bransugar79 bransugar79 6 years
When I got married it was part of my photography package. Our photographer was so amazing and helpful and we just went to a bunch of cool places in the city to get different backgrounds. We didn't really have any reason to take them as we didn't send out save the dates or anything, but they are nice memories and the first professional photos of us as a couple.
SevenlySmile SevenlySmile 6 years
Is it me or does the photo above not even look that professional? I assumed they used a timer on that photo.
gingirl gingirl 6 years
I agree with you lilkimbo. It completely depends on the couple. I've seen some that are so beautiful, and others that...well, they should have skipped out on this step. But this picture of Price William and Kate? That's what I always thought an engagement photo should look like; so pretty!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I think they're a do if you can afford them. However, if you are on a tight budget, I think they're an easy thing to cut. I guess a do, but not a necessity.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
hahaha my photographer friend and i were just talking about these yesterday!like larisa said, it depends on the couple AND the photographer. i really really really hate the super cheesy outdoor winter ones with both people wearing matching turtlenecks or something. but i've seen some really beautiful ones done too.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
hahaha my photographer friend and i were just talking about these yesterday! like larisa said, it depends on the couple AND the photographer. i really really really hate the super cheesy outdoor winter ones with both people wearing matching turtlenecks or something. but i've seen some really beautiful ones done too.
zeze zeze 6 years
ugh...I can't help it, I hate her. (kinda joking)
GTCB GTCB 6 years
My wife and I used a photographer. Honestly, it's not that much money and you get so many good pics it is worth it in the end.
larisa5656 larisa5656 6 years
I think that decision ultimately depends on the couple and their preferences. I've had friends who have had beautiful pictures taken by a professional (usually at the photo place at JcPenneys, but that's not the point). On the other hand, I've also had friends who took pictures themselves or used previously taken photos. Whatever works for them.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I've had friends who did these, but it seems like a waste of money to me and a lot of them look cheesy. My husband and I had someone take our picture right after we got engaged to capture the moment, but we did not bother scheduling a professional photoshoot to take posed photos after the fact.
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