7 Things I do When I take Engagement Pictures

  1. If it is a sunny day, I shoot during the last hour or two before the sun sets. This allows for soft, beautiful lighting.
  2. I Include the sun flare for a dreamy effect, but only up to the point where it enhances the picture. It’s very easy to go too far with this. As seen below, I frame my shot so the sun is just peaking behind your subject or an object in the background. (tree, etc)
  3. I fill the couple’s eyes with light, if possible. This is easier on a sunny day, but I try to make sure there is a catch-light in their eyes. Shadowy eyes are not cool.
  4. I place the couple in authentic, action poses. I’ll have them walk together, give a piggyback ride, dance, or wisper in each others ears. These are sure to spur on genuine and happy moments. There is an emotion that happens in a natural moment that you just can’t get with traditional posing. (Though I still like to include them for stunning portraits)
  5. Most of the time, I use a low aperture. I usually shoot between f/1.4 and f/2.5 to create a blurry background and a dreamier vibe.
  6. I pose for beauty. It doesn’t matter how stunning a picture is, if your couple doesn’t like the way they look in them, they won’t like the picture. I’m try to be very aware of posing in a way that brings out the best in people.  Is their hair put together, are their jawlines extended, are they standing up straight, and are they smiling with their eyes?
  7. I strive to put the couple at ease by connecting and engaging with them throughout the shoot and making it a light hearted and fun experience.

Thanks so much for checking out my 6 tips! To see how I implemented them, check out the pictures below of my fantastic models, Robbye and Kevin.

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