Wedding Engagement: What Are Engagement Photos For?

Q:

I just got engaged and everyone keeps telling me that we need an "engagement picture." What exactly is an engagement photo for? We already have great pictures of us.

A:

An engagement picture is typically a professional photograph taken to use with your engagement announcement, to post on your wedding web page, or to decorate your wedding reception. While it is certainly not required, it is a nice chance to get some great pictures of you and your fiance (and show off your ring). For lots of couples, the engagement photo shoot is a time to get to know their wedding photographer, and some even center their shoot around a theme. Get some ideas from our engagement photos blog . If this isn't your thing or money is tight, skip it. You're right that you can always use your favorite picture for announcements in your local papers.