February 25, 2009

Engagement Shoot Tips #1

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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