I love a good engagement session. When we meet for the first time in the roles we’ll be playing on your wedding day, we have a good chance to interact more privately- you get to learn a bit about me and vice-versa… more than anything else, we get to learn how to work together.
When I’m photographing couples, I look for buttons to push to get the sort of reactions that inspire me. I may crack jokes, be self-deprecating, or hassle someone about not wanting to get their feet wet, but it’s all good-natured and designed to encourage you to relax with me. I frequently hear that my sessions were not only painless but fun, even from folks who really don’t like having their photos taken.
Josh and Kristen were fun- we started out with the standard shots (“look at each other, stand here, look that way, take her hand, etc) but I quickly realized that they were up for some more fun times- in this case, we waited until the sun was on its way out and set up for a series of shots that culminated in the one below… good times! They printed this one large and made it the “guestbook” mat to take home and hang on their wall.
Find a photographer who will play with you, and listen to their ideas. Similarly, don’t be afraid to throw your ideas at your photographer- your images are a collaborative effort, and they will be better if everyone can play together!