A Candid & Laid Back Afternoon Engagement in the Woods
This is the latest in a series of engagement shoots I've done recently. The challenge in any engagement session is creating a believe collection of images that authentically represent the couple & a moment in time that they share together. What I enjoyed about working with Dana & Chris was their openness to posing & candid suggestions that at first might not have seemed natural but which inevitably they made their own. My aim for this shoot was to find something that seemed real, that wasn't too forced or posed, and which represented the couple in a natural way.
FINDING NATURAL MOMENTS
I think any wedding photographer out there would agree with me when I say the most challenging thing with engagement sessions is finding those natural moments that ring true to you & the couple. Sometimes it takes some loosening up to get there. Usually I will have my subjects do something. In this case, I had Chris & Dana skip rocks on the shore, which produce a nice sequence of natural expressions & dynamic shots in black-and-white.
CLOSE UP & FAR AWAY
The contrast between capturing a couple close up in conversation & then posing them for a far away panoramic shot can often produce some pretty pleasing results. The panoramic shot gives the couple some context and the close-up creates a sense of intimacy.
A dog can serve as a great third wheel on an engagement shoot. The dog will give the couple something to do, and usually laughter while playing with a pet is pretty genuine. All in all, I try to create a varied tapestry of shots for the collection. Working the dog into some shots will create a special moment in the collection that is distinct from everything else.