Engagement Photos: Not Scary!

One of the first pieces of wisdom that Stallion and I picked up when starting to plan is to book your priority vendors first. For us, the biggest concern was photography. See, as good looking as Stallion and I may be, we don’t really photograph all that well (shocking, I know). Whenever a camera is in the near vicinity, our features mutate into something truly horrifying.

OK, I may be exaggerating a bit—but suffice it to say that neither of us loves the camera, and the feeling is mutual.

Anyway, the photographer we had in mind has a stellar reputation in the Cape May area. He works for a local weekly magazine in addition to his independent photography business, so we’d actually met and been photographed by him at various events around town in the past. His word-of-mouth reputation was stellar. His portfolio embodied exactly what we were hoping to capture at our wedding—lots of natural, relaxed photos where the personality of the subjects shone through. Nothing was too posed or too stuffy. Does any of that make sense?

In short, Stallion and I weren’t interested in looking at anyone else. Aleks was our man.

That said, we initially weren’t all that keen on engagement photos, because OMG SCARY CAMERA! But ultimately, we went for it—we don’t have many nice pictures of us together, it was included in our package, and at the end of the day, it was an opportunity for us to get to know Aleks a little better and vice versa. He was able to figure out what worked for us in terms of making us look our best on film, and we were able to learn how to relax in front of a camera. The thought of being photographed nonstop on our wedding day isn’t quite as scary anymore.

Anyway, I think the results speak for themselves—Stallion and I definitely made the right call working with Aleks. We had a great experience and look forward to working with him again in April.

(All photos courtesy of Aleksey Photography—these were taken at the Mt. Vernon Avenue beach in Cape May.)







Come on, we couldn’t do this without representing our alma mater, right?

What were your “priority vendors”? Who did you book first?


Mrs. Filly

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
April 2014
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    ilikeballet 277 posts, Helper bee @ 8:57 am

    I love the fourth photo down where Stallion is kissing your cheek! So cute!!

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    MrsSaltWaterTaffy 24423 posts, Honey Beekeeper @ 9:12 am

    Your pictures are adorable! I really recommend engagement pictures for everyone who isn’t good with cameras (we aren’t either). We had our photographer booked first as well.

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    KMPK, Guest @ 9:42 am

    I just came on Wedding Bee because I’m stressing about what to wear at my upcoming e-shoot this Saturday. This is the first thing I saw as soon as I came on the site and you helped calm my nerves!!

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    Miss_Mimosa 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:35 am

    They turned out fantastic, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with in April!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:26 am

    These are great, you two look like naturals in front of the camera!

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    jessc4343 219 posts, Helper bee @ 1:14 pm

    These turned out great! Are you going to use any of them for wedding paper stuffs or to display at the wedding?

    Photographer was #1 on our list, too! Although, my standards were a lot higher than FIs so I had to pull out the puppy dog eyes on that cost…

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    msmeow 1988 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:32 pm

    Beautiful pictures! :)

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    orchard 72 posts, Worker bee @ 2:53 pm

    You guys are so cute! I love how your photos capture how happy you are!

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    ykyegbride, Guest @ 2:59 pm

    I’m not sure what it is about the last photo when you’re rocking your hoodies, but your hair and makeup look perfect, and you look so relaxed and happy.

    Beautiful pics!

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    Mrs. Filly 65 posts, Worker bee @ 3:04 pm

    @ilikeballet: Thank you – that’s my favorite, too!

    @MissAsB: Thanks! It was such a good experience; I feel much better about the wedding photos now that I know I’m in good hands.

    @KMPK: Thank you! Hope it helped a little – the best advice I saw was to go for solid colors, since prints don’t always translate well on film. Wear something comfy that makes you feel confident, and that will definitely show through in your photos.

    @Miss_Mimosa: Thank you! Me neither :)

    @Mrs. Pony: Thank you! That’s hilarious since it couldn’t be further from the truth!

    @jessc4343: Thanks! So far, we’ve used them on our save the dates, the wedding website, and we have some framed for ourselves and for our parents. We’re thinking about having a display near the guestbook with framed family wedding photos and putting an e-picture there too. Hope the puppy dog eyes worked – I feel like photos are the biggest keepsake from the wedding, you know? A great photographer is worth his/her weight in gold as far as I’m concerned.

    @MsMeow: Thank you!

    @Miss Orchard: Thank you! Fortunately, the photos don’t capture that it was 45 degrees outside and we weren’t wearing coats :)

    @ykyegbride: Thanks! Funny enough, the hoodie pictures were at the very end of the shoot, so my hair was a windblown wreck. Nature’s version of a blowout?

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:24 am

    Yeah, you look happy and totally normal in these photos! I’m glad Aleks makes you feel at ease in front of the camera. I’m sure the wedding pictures will be similarly great! :)

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:32 am

    Photography was super high priority for us as well! I especially like the photo by the beach, you guys look so happy.

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    Mrs. Filly 65 posts, Worker bee @ 4:55 am

    @Mrs. Funnel Cake: Aww, you’re sweet – most of our pictures came out great, but there are a few where we definitely don’t look normal :) Maybe I’ll have to do an outtakes post, haha.

    @Mrs. Waterfall: Thanks! Since our venue is right on the beach, I’m hoping to get some wedding photos there too. Fingers crossed!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 4:32 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! Love the one on the beach and the fun one in the hoodies. I love hoodies…and 45 degrees. I would have been a popsicle LOL!

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 1:15 pm

    Very cute photos. I love how easy breezy they were. And of course you have to rock your alma mater! We even had a bit of it in our wedding photos!

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