You’re having your photo taken! For some people, that thought is absolutely terrifying. And I get it! I don’t love being in front of the camera either. 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 8 tips and I promise you’ll rock it!
1. SHARE IT ALL WITH ME
Honesty is mandatory. Vulnerability is encouraged. I can only capture your true dynamic if you allow me into your space. Remember how you interact when you’re alone, and don’t hide it. Embrace both the goofy laughter and the quiet vulnerable moments. I will, of course, guide you through all this as we shoot, but I need you to meet me halfway and allow me into your intimacy.
2. 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!
3. 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!
4. MAKE IT AN ALL DAY ACTIVITY
5. 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!
6. PICK AN ENVIRONMENT THAT REFLECTS YOU
7. EMBRACE THE SPONTANEOUS ELEMENTS
8. LEAVE THE EXTRA STUFF AT HOME