One of the things popular with many engaged wedding couples are engagement sessions (aka “couples photography”). And one of the questions I often get asked is, what does it cost?
Wedding photographers here in NYC and other parts will all offer it differently but typically most photography studios will offer engagement photo sessions when you book their wedding packages and they’ll either roll their engagement photo session prices into the wedding photography package price or charge for it separately.
Then some will offer their engagement sessions for one price covering all the principle photography pre-bundled with photographic items while others will charge a creative fee that covers the principle photography session and have you afterwards select whatever items you’d like to purchase.
That last way of doing it makes more sense to me as a consumer because I don’t see how I could commit to the exact items without first seeing the engagement photos themselves. The pre-packaged idea makes me feel as if I’m being force fed items as is, and my personal preference is to be able to choose exactly what I want, as many or as little as I want – and pay only for that.
So how much does an engagement session cost? Like everything else, this depends on the photographer. You’ve probably found there’s a wide range of prices as the photographers whose work is valued highly are often higher priced than the lesser advanced photographers. There’s all sorts of prices so ultimately what you pay depends on what you’re actually shopping for: if you’re shopping to find a certain price, then no doubt you’ll find that price or close enough to it. You’ll get the price you’re looking for but maybe not the level of photographer you’re looking for, or everything on your wish list. If instead you’re shopping for a certain caliber of photographer, then you need to look within the price range where those types of photographers are to be found. For engagement photos, the price difference between the two will usually be only a few hundred dollars at most.
[ I give away one complimentary engagement photography session once a week (or thereabouts). You can check that out here. If you prefer to not leave getting your engagement session to chance and want to reserve an engagement photo session with me then call me directly at 646.543.1321 and tell me you’re calling about my “Betrothed Engagement Session.” ]
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