Lately I’ve been working on the way I shoot when doing sessions. In the past I would almost go too crazy and take WAY too many pictures. It’s not that I can’t get the picture I want the first try or that I need the security of having multiple images, I mean come on… I’m a professional photographer, why would I sell myself as one if I didn’t know what I was doing? The fact is, I do it simply because I can. I’m not one of those photographers that will take a picture and edit it it color, b/w AND sepia. That’s insane and I feel like I’m going crazy when I see galleries like that because it’s literally the same picture. Shooting this way I do have very similar images, but there’s something just a little different about them. In the past I would shoot 3 different ways; close up, medium, far out, and to an extent I still shoot like this but not quite as often. If I want to keep my turnaround time relatively quick, then I need to limit myself on how many pictures I take. I realize this sounds like I’m going to cut the session short, or do less poses, etc, but I promise you (the client) that will NOT be happening. In fact it actually allows for more locations, more poses, etc because I’m not spending so much time on each pose and/or location. Get the pictures, move on to the next look. In the end it’s about providing a great experience, and part of that experience is a quick turnaround because I will not be one of those photographers that takes 6 or 9 months to edit a wedding – yes, sadly there are still plenty out there (Yikes!).
For Keli and Kelly’s shoot we were on the family farm, and I know I don’t need to explain how much I love family farms because I’m sure you know this by now. Unlike many farms this was a smaller section of land that we were shooting on, but it literally provided everything within a few feet of each other. On one side we had a shaded wooded area, turn around and there’s a nice pond where the sun was glowing perfectly off of, down a little way was a field of grass and just down from there was an old barn. And if we really wanted, there was a corn field there too, but we had more than enough pictures. Remember at the top I said I was trying to limit how many pictures I took and to not worry that this would not mean I’m limiting the session; Keli and Kelly’s session produced over 100 edited images, so there are plenty of options for pictures. 🙂
These two were so much fun to work with. While the location didn’t allow for too much walking we did spend a good part of the shoot just chatting it up talking about the wedding, themselves, etc. I absolutely love this about engagement shoots because it allows us to get to know each other on a little more personal level, and seeing that wedding photography is pretty personal in the sense that you work with your wedding photographer sometimes up to 1.5 years or more, it’s definitely important to have a great relationship with them, and the engagement session is kind of that time you get to build on this friendship and as a photographer it allows me to capture their personalities much better in the pictures. I can’t wait for the wedding, it’s just around the corner and will be here in no time. Until then, I’ll leave you with some samples from their engagement session.