So I haven’t wrote much on our blog since the beginning the 2013. I think my resolution should have been to write more!
I have been posting to our Still Life Facebook for photos and a small description of the weddings we have shot in the past, and even have wandered into the realm of Pinterest which you can follow HERE . But yet I find it is simply not enough!
So to start off the New Year… in April =) Here is what I decided to blog about. Engagements!!
Engagement 101: How to Make it Truly Yours
In the world of Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, Etc . It can be really easy to find photos that you love and want to have in your own photo collection, Especially when it comes to Weddings & Engagements. As photographers we love that are couples are interested in looking into photos that catch their eye and can help them describe what their personal photo style is. But at the same time with all of these outlets…..It can become overwhelming and frustrating.
So Here are 5 simple tips to help couples out and make their life a little easier when it comes to your photos.
Tip#1 – Relax and Enjoy the Experience- The Engagement Session is not only about taking photos (Shocker i know! )
The biggest reason for an engagement shoot is to make the you COMFORTABLE! It’s not everyday that you are asked to pose and kiss each other in front of a stranger with camera! We understand it’s a little weird, and you might take 10-15 minutes to really relax. But it is so important to have this experience, so when the wedding comes around your not so shy, and you have that feeling of ” Oh I have done this before!”
Tip #2 – Don’t Over think It
Don’t Over think your outfits, The Poses, Etc. You can get beautiful shots regardless if your dressed in a cocktail dress and suit or in more comfortable clothes. Can you bring both? Absolutely! We always suggest to couples to wear solid dark colors for engagements because honestly they are the most flattering outfits for photos. But can you wear something else?…. Well Yes you can! We don’t steal your wardrobe. But make sure your comfortable.. that Tye-dye mini dress might look AMAZING in person but might FLOP in your photos…Just saying. As for the poses Don’t fight them! Just relax, Trust us we have been doing this for awhile and only want you to look your best! Fake smiles and stiff body language only makes you two look uncomfortable towards each other…. AWKWARD..
Tip#3 – Don’t Make your Shoot Pinterest Only
Ok Guys I have seen ALOT of pinterest, Sure that shot with you two kissing holding a candy, a pear, etc, might look really adorable but what in the heck does that candy mean? Do you or your fiance make candy for a living? Are you in charge of exporting pears out of the country!? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Just because a lot of people are jumping off the bridge doesn’t mean you have to! There was a shot a Bride and Groom asked us to shoot and of course we said yes.. but looking on pinterest.. Do you really want to know how many couples duplicated that shot?
Do you want a shoot that is Yours? or someone else’s? Make it custom. Sure If it’s something you really want then we will do that for you, We only want you to be happy… but make sure your not coordinating the entire shoot from 1 pinterest shot to another. Again we want to take photos of both of you… just being you.
Tip #4 – Bring in Special Props
This Tip goes hand in hand with number 3. Now above I’m not bashing props, don’t get me wrong. If they have meaning to you then bring them. Dogs, Children, Bikes, if you want to bring a picnic! Just have it mean something to you both! Now if you would rather not bring it something then don’t! We also like to focus on you two as well. Either way your going to get fantastic shots! (on a side note if you bring animals or children, It’s a big help to your photographer if you bring a helper…I have been tangled in leashes before, and trust me they don’t help! Haha)
Tip#5 Tell it Like it Is
Communication is Key. Since this shoot is all about becoming comfortable with yourselves as well as your photographer, Tell them like it is, If you felt uneasy in a pose let them know, They will try something else out, If you would rather not kiss so much, Just say so, We are trying to figure out your style and you guys as a couple. And honestly we would rather have you tell us what your uncomfortable with on the day of the shoot then be upset with your photos later.
So there you have it, 5 simple tips for engagements.. as well as weddings I’m sure there are more tips floating up in my head, But we can save those for another day =)
Team Still Life Studios