Congratulations! The hard part is over. You asked the love of your life to marry you. And he/she said yes! Now the fun begins. We'd love to be your engagement photographer in Seattle. Or anywhere your love story takes you. Our passion is telling stories. Not just any story. We want to tell your love story.
SURPRISE! SHE SAID YES! Watch the video!
Are you planning a surprise proposal? We'd love to be your Seattle proposal photographer or videographer. We're discreet. Your significant other will have no idea we're there to secretly take photos of your proposal.
Bryant planned a trip to Seattle with his girlfriend, Kelsey. She had no idea he was planning to propose! She thought they were doing the Seattle tourist thing. Bryant hired Sound Originals as his proposal photographer a few weeks before the big moment. The couple visited the popular sites, including Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. They walked up Queen Anne to take pictures at Kerry Park, ranked as one of the best places for photo shoots in the city. Kelsey would never suspect anything if there were photographers hanging around. We camped out at Kerry Park. Bryant stashed his gorgeous engagement ring in his pocket. We planned a signal ahead of time. Right before Bryant got down on one knee, he ask us to take a picture of the couple in front of the iconic Seattle skyline. At that moment, Seattle musician David James started playing their favorite love song. He was also in on the plan! We would discretely film Kelsey's reaction when Bryant asked her to be his wife. Spoiler alert: she said yes! Congratulations!
01. Best Places to take Engagement Photos in Seattle in 2021
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03. Affordable Engagement Photographers
04. Top 10 Engagement Photographers in Washington State from Yelp, Thumbtack, The Knot
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Jeff's Surprise Proposal at Gasworks Park
Taylor was shocked! And we captured the moment forever. Jeff planned a surprise proposal at Gasworks Park. We waited on top of the grassy hill, famous for its gorgeous view looking across Lake Union and the Seattle skyline. Taylor didn't think twice when she saw our photographer. Why would she? Tons of people take pictures from this spot. Little did she know that her boyfriend was about to get down on one knee. We provided the couple with candid photographs of the proposal as well as some edited versions where we removed the people in the background.
1. Lincoln Park
2. Alki Beach
3. Discovery Park
4. Kubota Garden
5. Lake Union
6. Rockwood Farm
7. UW Arboretum
8. UW Cherry Blossoms
9. Ballard Locks and Botanical Gardens
10. Downtown Ballard
11. Gold Creek Pond
12. Edmonds Waterfront
When you're looking for an engagement photographer in Seattle, you should also be thinking about your wedding pictures. We're proud to be one of the best PNW wedding photographers. Your engagement photography session is an opportunity to build trust and rapport with your photographer. Relax. Have fun. Take great pictures! Your relationship extends to your wedding day itself. You'll be much more relaxed and comfortable at your wedding because you've already met and worked closely with your engagement photograher.
How much do photographers charge for engagement pictures?
Sound Originals Photo & Video has simple pricing for engagement photography. Our engagement photographers in Seattle charge $500 per hour. This includes digital images, full printing rights, a shareable online gallery and help picking the perfect location for your engagement or couples shoot. You can add additional hours for only $250. Here's a link to our wedding photography packages.
Do you tip your photographer for engagement photos?
It's certainly not necessary to tip your photographer. We absolutely appreciate a tip, of course, and are so incredibly thankful when a couple gives their photographer a gratuity if they loved their experience and their photos after their engagement session. Some articles give the same advice: it's a personal choice.
How much does a wedding photographer cost in Seattle?
Most couples who hire us to take engagement photos are planning to get married! It only makes sense engaged couples want to learn about wedding photography pricing and packages. We wrote a detailed guide to help couples understand the value in hiring the best wedding photographer in Seattle. Pricing varies a lot, but most couples pay anywhere from $2500 to $6000 for Seattle wedding photographers. Some engagement photographers also offer wedding coverage (like us!), and you can sometimes apply the cost of your couples photo session or engagement shoot to the wedding package price.
Where can I take engagement photos in Seattle?
Anywhere you want! We always talk to couples about their personal story, how they met and what activities they like to do together. If you enjoy shopping in downtown Ballard and walking through the coffee shops and hip, urban streets, we'll suggest taking your engagement photos in Ballard, Fremont, Queen Anne or Pike Place Market. If you prefer the nature and outdoors, your engagement photographer in Washington State will help you find the best outdoor photoshoot locations, such as Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, or the very popular Gold Creek Pond.
How many outfits do I need for engagement photos?
This is up to you! Most couples who hire us as their engagement photographer wear one or two outfits at most. Perhaps the first outfit is more formal, like a suit or blazer and a dress, while the second outfit is casual, like jeans, a t-shirt or blouse. The important question to ask yourself (or your engagement photographer) is how you can convey your personal style, your personal story, your unique love story as a couple. It's also important to consider how much time you booked for your photo session package and if there are places nearby to change clothes.
When should engagement photos be taken?
Soon after you get engaged! Don't you want to celebrate and share the big news? Most recently engaged couples usually want professional engagement photos for Save the Date cards or wedding invitations. Shutterfly agrees, suggesting couples take pictures 1 to 2 months after "she said yes," or "he said yes." Your engagement photographer can usually edit and deliver your pictures within a week or two. We know how excited your family is to share the special announcement! Many couples also show off their engagement photos on a 16x20 or 20x30 poster canvas, or metal print. It's perfect for your wedding venue or reception space. Your wedding guests will love seeing your romantic photos! Another great idea is to print a guestbook with pictures from your engagement photographer in Seattle.
How late is too late for engagement photos?
It's never too late! Believe it or not, some couples schedule couples sessions after the wedding! Reddit users agree that it's never too late. You can always have fun with your engagement photographer in Washington and find a gorgeous location for wonderful photos.
Many websites claim to rank the best engagement photographers in Washington State. We tell couples to take these directory websites with a grain of salt. Some of the engagement photographers they list are excellent. Others are virtual unknowns. These websites sometimes require payment to be listed. Be sure to do your homework. Read reviews. Ask to see full galleries of engagement pictures. Check multiple websites for the photographer's information.
This list is according to Peerspace.com, which rents office and event spaces in multiple cities. We have no idea how they picked just 8 engagement photographers. The website doesn't discuss their ranking process.
TheKnot.com is a terrific resource for couples planning their weddings. You can find great wedding and engagement photographers here, as well as all sorts of other vendors.
Yelp uses a propritary methodology to rank photographers, just like any other type of business. You can pay to be placed at the top of the list of engagement photographers. Yelp's rank doesn't seem to be based on the number of reviews. Again, we always take "Top 10" lists with a grain of salt. How did the article determine the ranking? Did photographers have to pay?
Thumbtack is known as a budget-friendly options to find engagement photographers in Washington State. You can also use Thumbtack to find virtually any kind of service business, from plumbers to painters. Photographers have to pay to communicate with clients. The rankings are likely based on prices and bids that photographers pay.
Kubota Garden engagement photos in Seattle, WA
We'd love to invite you to explore our gallery of Seattle wedding photography. Our team has photographed weddings in all sorts of Washington State venues. From rustic barns to luxury ballrooms to private backyards, we capture intimate and romantic photography for couples across the Pacific Northwest.