February 25, 2009   |   Clients, engagement, tips

Things are still slow on the photo-front. I have an infant shoot this weekend and a wedding in 2 weeks. I’m ready to get back to shooting before I get rusty!

In the meantime, I’ve decided to start a tip section–something I’ve been seeing a lot on blogs lately–to supplement the recent lack of posts.

One of the questions I get a lot from couples is, “How can we prepare for our engagement shoot?” This is definitely an important question and one that can be more easily addressed in parts. So, without further ado…

Tip #1: Come armed with dirty little secrets, jokes, compliments and sweet nothings.

When couples look through my sample engagement albums, they always ask, “How did you get that reaction out of them?” The truth is, I don’t get the reaction–they do! Couples are always nervous for their engagement sessions. Who can blame them? I know I would be a wreck. I always say that I’m behind the camera for a reason!

I try my best to make all of my clients feel comfortable. I consider myself a “people person” and usually can break the ice really quickly. For portrait sessions, it is really important to me that I capture clients as they are. I want your photos to represent your personalities! In order to do that, it is really helpful to get clients talking, laughing, tickling and interacting in any possible way.

Whispering in someone’s ear is a really intimate gesture and one that often helps couples to loosen up. So, when you come for your engagement session, be prepared for some whispering! Don’t be surprised when I ask you to tell each other an inside joke, reminisce about the day you met or list your favorite things about one another. And now that I’ve warned you (ahem… guys), you better not respond with blank stares!

Here are some photos that were captured during the whispering… don’t you want to know what they’re saying?

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February 14, 2009   |   Clients, personal

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Oh, man. Things have been slow in blogland. This time of year is just quiet… no weddings, too cold for engagement sessions, etc. I’m aching to get out there and play with my new camera goodies that I’ve been stockpiling all winter.

In the meantime, any suggestions for an interesting blog feature? Tips, tricks, FAQ, reader’s choice? I need something, folks!

For now, I’m off to eat at Blackbird. Yum! Hope everyone is close to someone they love!


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February 3, 2009   |   Clients, Photographers

This is a slow blogging time for most photographers… including me! I only have 3 weddings between Jan-Apr. There are some engagement shoots coming up, though! So, I’ll look forward to blogging those.

In the meantime, I’ve been getting back in the swing of school. Adjusting to classes being back in session is always tricky! And, to top it all off, my mom made an impromptu visit. She has been here a week and leaves tomorrow. We’ve had a great visit. It may be the longest we’ve ever gone without nagging each other!

Anywho, I thought I would post about my PHOTOBOOKS. Recently, I’ve upgraded the books a bit. They are very large–11×14–and have 100 lb. paper. Clients often ask about albums in our first email exchanges. I prefer a less formal, coffee-table style book. These are the books that I find couples actually display and flip through time and time again. Below is a sneak peek at Wendy & Steve’s album.

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And, using my mom as a model:
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