I’m going to walk you through the steps of this whole photoshoot and include a few tips and tricks along the way! Community over competition. If you want to learn even more from a one-on-one with me head here for more information about my mentoring sessions!
One of my favorite parts of a session is getting to know the couple. It’s exciting to learn how they met, how he proposed, how long they have been dating, what they like to do together, etc. I met these two at a nearby grocery store and then drove up the canyon together. I got to learn so much about them and see how they interact with each other just from the drive up. I could tell immediately they were head over heels and comfortable with each other. Learning how they interact is really important to me because it helps me when I pose them later. They way I go about posing is different with each couple. Each relationship is different.
Starting with the typical “mom pose,” (the picture your mom and grandma will probably love the most because it shows your faces) I then move in close and get all up in their business.
When I move closer in, I love kissing shots. But not full kisses, just the ‘almost brushing lips’ type of kiss. For this case I told him to reach both of his hands around her neck, under her hair, and slowly move in to a kiss. Harsh light can be scary. But it shouldn’t be! When I shoot in harsh light I rarely have them look straight at the camera. The sun will either make them squint, or they will go blind and neither of those are good options. So I have them do things like walk, spin, or kiss far away. I love sitting shots for multiple reasons…
1- I am very short so they give me a chance to get level with their faces
2- Adds variety to my posing
3- Gives them a chance to feel relaxed
I keep a blanket in the back of my car so their clothes don’t get dirty, then make them sit on some weeds and wildflowers. I love making them snuggle up and get cozy. That peaceful ‘eyes closed, soft smiles, melting into each other’ shot.
The tightrope. Sounds weird I know, but lately it has been one of my favorites. I tell them to grab hands, and both walk like they are on a tightrope. Makes them laugh, move, and if by chance they trip and fall… at least you have it on camera.
The classic: Whisper a secret in her ear.
I love this one because sometimes they whispers something funny, and other times they don’t know what to say so then it’s awkward and then they both laugh. Easy. Chuck her on your shoulders and walk. Ohhhhh the knuckle kiss. I love being able to show off the ring especially during engagement sessions. I love movement and I rarely have my couples stand. I make them move, jump, spin, swing. Whatever will capture real smiles and real emotion. There is something about movement and the way it adds feeling and character to an image.
RUNNING. I don’t make them slow jog, or pretend run. I tell them to run at a normal speed, turn my shutter speed up and capture the movement. For this one I was crouch low so I could get more of the sky into the image. I also think I yelled at them to look at each other. In my opinion, the ‘little people, big world’ shots are always the best for prints in your home. I make them walk far away from me so I can capture more of the surroundings.
That’s all for now! Thanks for reading along and comment if you have any questions