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3 Interesting Engagement Photography StylesAuthor: raychlesearfoss
Regardless of which photographic style and engaged couple chooses to incorporate into their engagement shoot, we make it a point to always be aware of those 'in between moments' that are often overlooked. Camera always ready to shoot, we wait for the moments just after a pose, during a quiet moment between the couple, after the guy whispers something funny in his fiance\'s ear, or those subtle but intimate glances exchanged between the couple when they think no one is looking. Those are the moments to be captured and those are the moments we always are waiting for, regardless of which engagement style we are shooting that day. No matter which style suits your personality better, the gorgeous and personal candid photos will be secured.
1. Guided Engagement Photography Session
Because many couples are not sure what to do when the camera lens is in front of their faces, the Guided engagement session includes a great deal of the photographer\'s input and direction. We first collaborate directly with the couple to determine the specific location(s) of the engagement shoot, then upon beginning the session, we help to guide the couple through the shots and poses that are traditional and also that we have previously discussed before meeting. When booking an engagement photography session, we make absolute sure to familiarize ourselves with the couple\'s personality, likes, dislikes, and style. That way, when out shooting, we can help to find poses and scenes that will fit the couple\'s specific personality and taste. Because the session is guided, many of the images are traditional in nature and posed shots. We of course capture the candid shots and also a few creative photojournalistic shots in the mix as well, but typically the pictures are more traditional and posed.
2. Photojournalistic Engagement Photography Session
Although our photography style always has a photojournalistic feel to it, the Photojournalistic engagement session typically is one where the photographer has little or no involvement at all. This session is where the couple has a specific and sentimental activity or location that they desire to have engagement photos taken at. Most often, the couple goes about their business and acts as they normally do while the photographer works 'behind the scenes' to capture the shots from the outside looking in. The couple acts completely natural, ignoring that there is even a camera lens involved. One of the best lenses for this type of shoot a telephoto lens. This allows the photographer to stand 10-30 yards away from the couple, allowing for privacy and intimacy. Candid pictures are easy to acquire in this engagement session because the couple stays very connected with each other, undisturbed by any surrounding distractions.
3. Combined Engagement Photography Session
This format of engagement photography is our most popular session and the one that is the most fun to shoot. While we learn about the couple before the shoot, we also learn even more about them during the shoot. Because we are shooting Guided and Photojournalistic photography, a longer engagement session is typically required, though not always. However, more time allows the photographer to guide the couple through the traditional posed pictures, catching candids in between, and leaving time for them to capture a photojournalistic feel. Often times, we schedule a few different locations for this type of engagement session. This allows the couple to have more freedom in their shoot for different looks, wardrobe changes, and moving to places that are special to them as a couple. Some shoots we have done in the past include couples who want pictures done at the place they first met, where they shared their first kiss, where he asked her to marry him, or somewhere that is all their own. Because of more time and more flexibility, we not only get to know the couple better before their wedding day, but give them the opportunity to have a multitude of options to choose from when it comes to their engagement photos.
Rachel Searfoss is a photography, marketing, and SEO expert. She can provide more information about wedding photography, family pictures, engagement, or modeling headshots, as well as creating a search-engine ready, self-managed, fast and simple online marketing campaign. Searfoss is an assistant photographer that works with Shane Messer at Shane and Raychle Photography in Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY. To contact, please visit:www.ShaneandRaychlePhotography.com and www.MadeToOrderWebsites.com.