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