What’s the process for your engagement shoot? How does it come together? When you decide you want it in a Lancaster field what do you wear? How do we meet up? What will we do during the shoot?
I think it’s natural to have a lot of questions about this kind of stuff. Even if you’ve got a photographer in the family, their job still might be mysterious. Flash, click, some twiddling on a computer and we go from your engagement shoot in Lancaster PA to the photo that hangs above the couch in your apartment. It can be confusing, and I’m all about fixing that. I mean you only get married once; you only get engaged once. The last thing you want is to be worrying about what you’ll wear or how we’ll decide to be in a field rather than in a park.
The first thing to know is that I always, always help my couples. You have questions? I have answers. You send me emails, I reply. You have ideas, I’ll listen. I also provide all my clients with things like clothing guides to make any decisions easier. I knew Ellie from way back – like my friend,Gwen who’s engagement shoot I did a few months ago, we ran track together, and we wound up going to the same college. When she hired me to do her engagement shoot (I was super pumped when she met Alex), the first thing I did was send her a style guide.
She also told me that their goal was for their faces and relationship to be the focus of the photos. Lancaster PA is known for its Amish community, authentic covered bridges, and antiques, but each of those things would have competed with Ellie and Alex. So I picked a field as a backdrop because it’s romantic, but minimal. When we met up, they also brought a couple different clothing options based on the style guide. Once we actually got out into the field, I picked the outfits that would work best: the style, the textures, trying to make sure their faces stay in the centre. I also helped with posing to bring out positions that were natural and comfortable for them as a couple.
Basically the point I’m trying to make here is that I won’t leave you hanging. Not with your questions, not with your clothes, not in a Lancaster field. Most photographers are about your story, and I definitely care about that. But I’m also about your time and your comfort; about trying to make everything in the photo process as easy as possible. And, of course, we’ll have fun while we do it!
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