Planning our engagement photoshoot was a bit of a nightmare. Beau has a good friend who is a photographer, and he wanted to give his friend the job. I insisted on seeing a portfolio first... and his friend never gave us a portfolio. I wanted pictures taken outside, but in the Midwest, there's not a lot of time after an October 20th proposal for an outdoor photoshoot.
In the end, it all worked out! I contacted two photographers that I knew pretty well in my (southern and still warm in November!) home state. One studio (a mother/daughter team) was available the Saturday after Thanksgiving for an engagement shoot, and our sitting fee was less than $110. Plus they had an option for buying the photo CD and printing rights, which was very important to Beau and me.
Our photographers put an incredible effort into personalized our photoshoot for us. They added me as a friend on Pinterest and asked me to put together a board with engagement pictures I liked. After I added a bunch of my favorite engagement photos, Beau and I looked at more together so he could add his ideas. From there, our photographers scouted unique locations where they had never before done a photoshoot so that ours would be totally different.
Some of our Pinspiration!
We had a bunch more pictures than just those, but they're all pinned to the Pinterest board with my real name attached to it. Trying to repin ALL of them would take me all night! About a third of the pictures I pinned included books somehow, so our photographers found a tiny, cute secondhand bookstore for the first part of our photoshoot!