As it’ll come to engagement session photography, one important thing is for me to speak with my clients ahead of time about the flow of a normal engagement shoot. I love to explain that if I offer a suggestion for a pose (alongside other suggestions that include groomsmen gifts), it is a starting point and does not need to be taken literally if they have their own ideas. In addition, I suggest that you check out a few recent engagement shoots before the session, to gain a better idea of what is in store for our session together.
Chat it up
First off, I think it is important that we get to know each other. I begin each shoot by keeping things fun and light by chatting with couples for a little while. Clients often will ask “What do we do?” at the start of the wedding photography shoots. I always say that if I am quiet on my end, you’re doing everything right. If there is a suggestion that I have, I always offer a suggestion, otherwise I simply want to observe things naturally unfolding to gain a sense of your level of comfort.
Be within your element
If I believe my clients seem uncomfortable, it is likely because they aren’t comfortable. It isn’t always the easiest job to “appear natural” in a busy Pittsburgh street with folks passing by, which is the reason why location is critical. Having the couple choose a space which means something to them and makes them feel comfortable is just as key as any pose they will strike.
It is one thing to tell couples to “have a good time” on command; however, showing them sometimes is the most valuable direction to give. I also love to relate to couples by imagining what I would like to hear so I can place myself at ease in any situation.
Do not think too much
I cannot express how crucial improvisation is for Pittsburgh wedding photographs. If each pose is pre-planned or forced, the photographs may wind up appearing contrived. If you can, attempt to shut your brain off for a bit and live in the moment.
For more information on Pittsburgh wedding photographers, contact Amber Marie Photography today at (412) 657-3968.