Engagement sessions are a great way for your couples to get to know you, see how you work and all-in-all, have a great time getting pretty pictures taken of them all the while, getting warmed up for their romantic portraits on their wedding day!
There are several tips I’d like to share with you that can help you maximize your engagement session! Let’s face it, it’s not always easy putting two people in front of your camera and telling them to “act natural”. There’s actually so much more to it– it’s somewhat like an art form to get people feeling comfortable in front of a camera.
Here are three important tips to help ROCK your next e-session!
Tip 1: Get to know your couple!
Sounds easy, right? You would think so – but the thought of having to get to know your clients can be daunting to some. But taking this tiny step can make vast improvements in the shots you get! I always like to get to chat with my couples & get to know them a little better before we start our e-session. Whether it’s through emails, on the phone, skype sessions or meeting up at a local coffee shop, it makes a BIG difference, trust me! This creates a trust factor and friendship with your clients & will ultimately help them feel much more comfortable in front of your camera when they have their e-session.
Tip 2: You set the timeline!
Your clients have picked YOU to shoot their session because they love YOUR work. So, if you are known for your dreamy sunset shots – that’s what they are expecting. So, when I shoot a session, I choose the best time for it. I know what time works best for me & my style of shooting. I know that shooting at 2pm in the harsh sun isn’t going to give my clients what they are looking for. So, kindly explain to your couples why you are choosing the time that you are. It’s our job as photographers to educate our clients! They probably have no clue about the golden hour or the cons about shooting in mid-day. You are the pro! Take control of your sessions and maximize each & every one of them!
Tip 3: Guide your couples into poses!
99% of the times, your couples are going to feel a little awkward in front of the camera at first. It’s just a given – and that is TOTALLY NORMAL! I let all of my clients know this in the beginning. You are not alone if you are feeling somewhat uncomfortable in front of the camera the first 10-20 minutes of your session. It takes time to warm up to the camera. So, if you hear a photographer say “just act normal” – don’t listen to them! LOL If you think about it, there isn’t really anything normal about being in front of a camera trying to be snuggly with your significant other. To combat this, I have core poses that I like to direct my clients into. I tell them where to put their hands, heads, smile or no smile. This takes the pressure off of the client & let’s them know that you are in control as the photographer! You know what looks natural & makes them look their best. Now, of course you don’t want your whole session to be posed, but this definitely helps your clients when you give them direction. Once they are warmed up, they can put their own twist on the session. The candid moments in between poses are always the best! ☺
I hope these simple tips can help you get the most out of your next engagement session & help you maximize your shots! xoxo, Chandra
Photographers: What are some of your favorite poses?!
Engaged Couples: What poses are you thinking about and in what environment?