Engagement photo experience

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College Station Engagement Photography

I just took my brothers and soon to be sister-in-law’s engagement photos this past weekend and I must say, shooting engagement photos is a blast! As you know, we are located out of Bryan, College Station, but I came down to Houston for the shoot. It was definitely fun having some diversity from the country themes of college station. The park in Houston had decent shade along with a warm setting sun, so it didn’t take much effort to get the photos I was looking for.

I would like to share 3 of my thoughts/tips for any photographers looking to get into engagement photography that I would like to share. A few of these also apply to those couples looking for an engagement photographer in Bryan, College Station.

1. BRING PROPS!

You wouldn’t think I used props looking through my photos, but every once in a while I capture a gem using one in the photos. Wether it’s a guitar or a book, props are almost always a good idea to bring if you’re looking for those candid looking shots.

There are a few reasons I like props. One of which, and the most important in my mind, is it makes the subject comfortable. Have you ever seen a baseball player pose for a photo without his ball, bat, or glove? Well I have and it simply looks awkward. The player feels out of place without his equipment, thus reflecting in his expression and figure. Same thing goes with the average subject. If you can put something they are familiar with in their hands, chances are they will be relaxed. This makes the shoot much easier and comfortable for the subject. I always like to start off with them holding the props, then gradually ease into the more outgoing poses. Which brings me to my second point.

2. EASE INTO THE POSES

Starting out in photography I would have an idea of a wonderful picture consisting of an elaborate pose, and right off the bat I would start with that. This did not work well for me because the first thing that would come out of the clients mouth is “this just feels awkward.” In reality the pose really didn’t look bad, but the fact that they felt awkward doing showed in their expressions. I started to combat that with starting out with the most basic of poses. The ones they are already familiar with, this gave them confidence in what I was doing, while also working up confidence in how they were posing. Then as the shoot went on I would gradually get them to do more elaborate poses, which often was the one the couple favored.

But on the other hand, you need to know your client and their personalities. It’s important to let them be who they are and not what you want them to be. If the couple is more relaxed, and showing signs that they really are not interested in elaborate poses, then just stick to the basics! Because at the end, it’s all about what makes the client happy.

3. HAVE FUN

As cliché as it sounds, sometimes having fun can be hard. You can ask anyone is it easier to get a happy person to smile, or an angry person to smile? And the answer will always be the same, of course its easier to get a happy person to smile! And I’m no scientist, but I’d say someone who is having fun probably puts out a more genuine smile, and that’s what makes a good picture. No matter how good your camera is, or how good the lighting is, nothing beats a genuine smile. And that smile is what we strive to capture. If that means being silly, or incorporating dry humor, whatever it takes to have a great time during the shoot is what we need to be doing. This is one of the reasons I love photography so much, being happy gets good results.

 

If you have any photography questions feel free to shoot us a message in the ‘contact’ tab. Or if you live in Bryan, College Station and need photography services, we’d be more that happy to accommodate any needs you may have.

 

– Andrew Fields

What Should You Expect From Event Photography

 

 

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College Station Event Photography

Being a photographer in Bryan, College Station we see a lot of events happening. Everything from people needing photography for a sorority event to corporate luncheons. But across the spectrum a few baselines should be set in place for what to expect from your photographer.

 

There are a lot of photographers in College Station, so how do you know which one to pick for your event? Well we’ll give you a quick overview of how we handle events so that you can weed out the lazy photographers in your area.

First off, right off the bat we always have a phone conversation or at least an email correspondence (some clients are much too busy for a phone call) discussing what they want to see from their event photographer. This conversation can range from some clients just wanting photos of guests to wanting artistic shots of dancing or what not. This conversation is very valuable for preparation as well! If they want just pictures of the guests, then there is no need to bring the ultra wide lens and vise versa.

After everything is taken care of, now comes the event. This is an exciting time for the client because whatever is going on is obviously important enough for them to hire a photographer. So we as the photographer should capture all those precious moments the host hired us for. These moments include those that happen at the very beginning of the event. So make sure your photographer doesn’t show up right as the event starts, but shows up EARLY! Can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard of photographers showing up 10-15 to even 30min late. Every part of the event is important to us!

For this reason, we show up 15-30min early or even more depending on the size of the event to make sure everything is in order to start taking high quality pictures form the very beginning of the event. timeliness is very important to us, and it should be in your photographer too!

After the event, and the guests go home, that’s when the real work begins! Editing pictures takes a lot of time! But fortunately for us we love seeing our photos really take for in the post production stage so we don’t mind the extra work at all! But when hiring a photographer in College Station, make sure to get a time estimate for when he/she will deliver the photos. To give you a basis, we try to deliver our digital photos within a week of the event, and most times we deliver them faster! This ensures that both our work wont pile up on us, benefiting both us and the client. I can’t tell you how many personal friends of mine have complained about how long it took for their photographer to get them their pictures. We realize that time is of the essence and make sure your photographer in College Station realizes that!

Now that the event is over and you have the photos, you can now relax and remember the event as how you planned it, with pictures telling the story.

 

For any inquiries regarding our services or photography in College Station, please visit the ‘contact’ page and feel free to shoot us a message. We look forward to hearing about the events you are planning!