I thought I would write a blog post with some advice on how to make your engagement session, or any future photo session, a success!
The engagement session is a pregame for the main event: the wedding. It is a great way for you to be comfortable with me as your photographer, and also being in front of the camera. It can be intimidating if you go in blind, but here is some food for thought.
When I am photographing, I have a rule called the “no judgement zone”.Be yourselves and be true to your relationship. Some couples are love-dovey, and some aren’t.The more authentic these pictures are, the more you will love them. If you don’t feel comfortable in heels or over-the-top makeup, you may not feel comfortable while taking your photos.
Personally, I feel all great photos show emotion and movement. Photography sessions aren’t always posed while looking directly at the camera with a big grin. Interact as a couple: flirt, touch, move, laugh, dance, be silly, be romantic, be you. The last thing we want as clients or as photographers, is stiff, contrived posing that looks forced.
Choose an activity
If you are worried about feeling awkward in your session, it’s okay! It’s only the first couple of shots that feel strange. I understand, it is weird having a stranger with a camera in your face trying to get you to show your love for one another. Sometimes it is helpful to pick an activity to do during your session: enjoy some coffee at your favorite spot, go sledding, go to a farmers market, pick fruit in your backyard, venture out on a hike, show me your favorite places to visit. The list is endless!
This is your chance to convey in photos what you feel in your heart. Everyone has seen pictures they love on Pinterest, magazines, etc. Try to emulate it, try new things, practice at home if it helps you feel more prepared. Bring your inner model. Be confident, be bold, and work it! :)
If you have any questions, or are in need of advice, please don’t hesitate to ask. I will do my best to assist you. Together we can make your photography session a success!
Find yourself and be that, unapologetically.