Okay - so originally I thought engagement shoots were the dumbest concept ever. Really - you spend two hours with a photographer and you stress out over your hair and makeup and then run around town and make out in public? Now, though, I think they are awesome, because who doesn't want some really good pictures of themselves instead of the usual off-centered self-taken shots with the arm out and the really bad red-eye? When we take pictures of ourselves, they come out so weird looking and the lighting is off and even though we finally have a tripod that we use (which we have had all along, Mark just never mentioned it until a month ago and we dug it out) which is about 4 inches long but really handy for self-timed shots, the pictures still aren't great.
Plus, you can use the engagement shoot pictures in stuff for the wedding, like a photo-guest book or anything else. And you get to have nice, professional pictures of you in a fun location - like the city where you live, or a park you really like, or even a vacation spot.
We have some friends who are into photography so they might be willing to follow us around for an afternoon with a camera - I think it would be fun to do a shoot in Federal Hill - go up to the hill where we got engaged, hit up the Book Escape, maybe Sam's Bagels, stop for Margarita's at Blue Agave. I really love this shoot by Lara Swanson, especially the pictures in Olsson's.