Love + Space = Engagement Session… you now have the proper equation for success. ;0)
Hannah and Sham came down from Vancouver, BC and I traveled up from Portland… we met in Seattle to spend a few hours playing with the camera. These two were such a treat! The very best portrait sessions are the ones where the subjects and the photographer are willing to wander and roll with the spaces offered. We were handed a cold, damp day and that was fine for most of it… what made it work was the love, the energy between the two of them.
People as subject matter is probably some of the hardest and most rewarding work… the shiny prize is catching a mood the subjects recognize as their own.
Two lovers kiss and run away into the sun.. shielded by the blueberries, they turn, laughing, to watch the crowd that came to see them wed. After a few minutes, some kind soul brings them glasses of wine and they take their time drinking in the fact that they had actually gotten married.
I watch it at every wedding… the point where reality settles in and two people look at each other with a new light in their faces. It doesn’t hurt to take yourselves out of the crowd for a few minutes alone. Do it for the wonder of each other, don’t do it to discuss wedding details. Do it so you can go back to your crowd as a shiny new couple and really enjoy the rest of the day.
It is a pure privilege to be in a front row seat when these emotions run so close and high… I love my job!
Camera shy? The secret is to act out, get a little goofy for a few minutes. Sure, our moms all raised us to behave a certain way for pictures but what fun is a tight smile and a let’s-get-this-over-with attitude? You can tell when the real personalities start to come to the surface. In a wedding day, it’s about helping each other relax… to be together in the moment. If you have hired the right photographer, your friends and families will recognize your true selves. So get a little silly to start with and watch the magic pictures come to the surface afterwards.
Kate and Ian were a treat to work with and Ian did what Ian does to loosen up his camera shy bride. Thanks, Ian!
That great red wall is across from Castaway… one of Portland’s cool urban venues.