You’re having your photo taken! For some people, that thought is absolutely terrifying. And I get it! There are not many people who sincerely love being in front of the camera. But whether you love having your photo taken or not, I want to make sure that we can make the best of your engagement or couple session, and that the images reflect you as you are.
So remember the next 9 tips and I promise you’ll rock it!
1. BE WHO YOU ARE
If you laugh a lot with your partner, then laugh at our session! I don’t want to make you look all serious and model-y and not like yourself; I want your session to be the most honest it can be, and if that means that in your own time together, you two laugh, cry, dance, sing opera, catch pokemon – then I’m prepared to photograph it all! I don’t love making couples “fake laugh,” or pose in weird poses that make you feel uncomfortable – so keep in mind for your shoot, that if you two laugh/dance/opera/pokemon together, then tell me this information and I’ll be prepared with my really bad jokes and super fast poke-catching action shots! Okay that was a bad joke.
If you’d like to feel as though your part of the scene, tell me that, as well! Some people like more avant grade shots in their session, and some people want those super-close, intimate moments captured…and some want both (which I can totes do!!)! Just tell me what you’re about, and I’ve got you!
3. DON’T HOLD BACK
Just be you! This seems obvious, but sometimes it’s tough to really commit to it. I want your dynamic to set the tone and mood of the shoot, not what you think a session should look like. Are you goofballs? Are you introverted? I want to experience all those little moments you might otherwise consider the “outtakes”. Don’t act like you think you should, I want to capture you as you are. The truest emotion is in the outtakes!
4. DRESS LIKE YOURSELF
Dress comfortably, don’t feel like you need to “dress up” because its an occasion. Wear something you feel confident and comfortable in. Whether that’s ripped up jeans or a summery skirt, you do you!
5. MAKE IT AN ALL DAY ACTIVITY
You’re not going to be your cutest most genuine selves at the end of an errand-filled stressful day. So take it easy all day (if you can)! Grab lunch together, get a drink, relax together doing something you enjoy. That way, when we meet for the shoot, you’re filled with love and excitement for each other, instead of just crossing one thing off the wedding to-do list. Let me capture you on your best day!
6. FORGET THE “PHOTO SHOOT” PART
You’re not there for me. I’m there for you: to document your love. The objective isn’t just to take pretty pictures. Its to capture an exciting stage in your life, while spending time together. Its very likely that the last time you got your picture taken “professionally” was for an awkward high school photo or for super posed family portraits. I promise you, it will be nothing like that. So forget the photos, and focus on enjoying the evening!
7. PICK AN ENVIRONMENT THAT REFLECTS YOU
It’s definitely not just about the location, but its about how you fit into it. The setting, location, and weather will affect your mood, and the mood of the photos, drastically. So I want to make sure you’re surrounded by what you love. Whether that’s your own home or a foggy mountaintop, all that matters is that it’s you!
8. EMBRACE THE SPONTANEOUS ELEMENTS
And I don’t just mean the weather. I want you to embrace the rocks, the dirt, the paths less traveled, the wind messing up your hair, your dress getting dirty, and all the other spontaneous and “imperfect” elements. If it starts to rain, we’ll keep shooting and have fun with it! If we have to stop between each shot to flatten out your hair or fluff up your dress, the whole natural vibe will be thrown off. I want to keep it natural and honest, so just let go!
9. LEAVE THE EXTRA STUFF AT HOME
Leave the big bags, don’t worry about the extra stuff you might need. I want you to be light on your feet and easily mobile, because I will shoot all those little in-between moments. Extra props or bags tend to make spontaneous shooting more difficult, so minimalism is the way to go!
Every couple is different, and I want to capture those quirks that make you who you are as a couple. I promise I won’t try to fit you into a mold, I won’t force poses on you, and I’ll adapt my direction to fit your personality. If you keep these tips in mind, we’ll be able to make something great together.