I can't wait to photograph this couple's wedding in July! They are fun and super-cute. Perfect models, too! Just a sneak peek for now, though, until I finish up the rest of their engagement session photos.
With the official start of wedding season upon us, I am loving getting to know all of my couples better! One of the best ways that we learn more about each other is through their engagement session, but more often than not I hear from my bride the her groom is just not that excited about having his photos taken. Who can blame him though? He probably thinks we are going to plop him down on a stool with my camera staring right at him for some uncomfortable "say cheese" photos. Um, not quite! First things first: This is going to be fun! Really, it is! For the most part, the two of you will be hugging and walking and laughing, just like you do with each other every day. The only difference is that I'll be doing a little spying with my camera and capturing little snippets of how much fun you have when the two of you are together. Honestly, there's not too much more to it than that on your end (on my end, I'm making sure lighting is good, angles are the best they can be, and the surroundings are perfect, etc. etc.). I may tell you to glance a certain way, look at me, or smile every now and then, but other than that, I just want you to focus on having fun and relaxing.
Get him involved!: Some grooms are really into the whole photo process, and I love it when they are; however, many grooms just roll their eyes and go along with the ride to keep you, their bride-to-be, happy! Either way, they're still being great, right? So, there's really no need to worry. But, if your groom is still a bit reluctant, the best thing to do is get him involved. What are his interests? Does he like sports? Music? Comic books? Video games? What are his favorite colors? Where does he like to hang out? Whatever it is, let's try to incorporate it into your engagement session photos. The more involved he is with making decisions about what we do and what we photographing, the more comfortable he'll be and the better your photographs will look. Let's face it, if he's paying attention to playing the guitar or playing catch with you with a football, the less concerned he'll be with me holding the camera.
Show him what we'll be doing: If he's still dragging his feet about your engagement photo session, show him some of my past engagement sessions! Maybe seeing how the couples are just having fun and relaxing will put his mind at ease. At the very least, he'll see the great couples photos and really want to have the same for the two of you!
It's that time of year! I'm sure there are many of you who experienced the magical feeling of getting engaged over the holidays. CONGRATULATIONS to both of you! Of course, this Wedding Wednesday is going to focus on your Engagement Photos. Do you really need engagement photos? In my opinion, that would be a BIG YES! Don't worry, all of my wedding couples receive a complimentary engagement session when they choose me to be their wedding photographer...BONUS! I absolutely LOVE photographing engagement sessions. I get to connect with the two of you without all of the hustle and bustle of your wedding day (not that I don't love photographing your wedding day, too, but you know what I mean because, let's face it, there's a LOT going on). We get to chat more and just have fun hanging out.
Why do I think engagement sessions are so important? Well...
1. The Number One Reason: We get to know each other better. I like to think that we actually become friends, and that helps me understand YOU better. I get to know what makes you happy, what makes you laugh, what your likes and dislikes are, what makes you love that guy or girl who asked you to marry them. It helps me know how to photograph you in a way that will bring out your true feelings for one another. You also get to see how I work and photograph. Not only for your engagement photos, but more importantly for your wedding. Sometimes we will email for months and months, but the first time we actually meet in person will be the engagement session. By the time we get to your wedding, you're practically professional models. Not even joking!
2. All of my engagement sessions are fun and relaxed...relaxed, being the key word. When you relax in front of the camera, it really shows, and you truly shine through. Who wants boring photos where you're standing around with a nervous smile staring at a camera? Not me, and surely not you! We chat and choose a location that will best represent you as a couple. And honestly, it is a lot of fun! (Even if it is totally freezing outside like it was for my featured engagement session below). Plus, it will hopefully be one less thing you will have to be nervous or worried about on your wedding day.
3. You get some awesome photos of you as a couple outside of your wedding attire. And because they are taken by me, the creative style of your engagement photos will match the style of your wedding photos. Just think of how amazing your wedding album will be!
So, with all of that said, here is my last engagement session of 2012. Patrick + Emily. They are so much fun, and they love to laugh and goof around, which I think you can tell by the big grins in almost all of their photos. Enjoy!