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While being behind the camera we see three elements of engagement photography. Your personality, our ability to engage with you, and the photography itself, with its artistic and technical aspects.
What makes a photo unique? In twenty-five words or less, it’s photographer’s ability to frame the subject. Combining the choice of the right lens, background, foreground, angle, perspective, focal length, aperture, and so on. A great photographer can shoot in the middle of nowhere and still create timeless art. Having the great backgrounds that we have here in the Bay Area is a real advantage.
THE EMOTIONAL ELEMENT
Creating a visual story of a couple’s love and all of the emotions surrounding their love is the whole point of engagement photos. This time in your life happens only once. Being able to work quickly means by not missing that single, telling instant between the two of you.
Great photos come from the connection between the photographer’s ability to create art and the couple’s ability to express themselves for the camera. Any particular photo may look completely candid, artistic, and fresh, but to some degree or another there is almost always some direction from the photographer in the mix.
That’s where communication comes in. You need to be able to say what you hope for in the photos and we will exchange ideas with you. The photographer will sometimes “direct” you to lean this way or that, to shake it out to feel a little looser, to “hold it…that’s exactly it…that’s the shot!”
Obviously, everyone is different.
Some people love being in front of the camera, others aren’t as comfortable. A good photographer must know how to deal with both ends of the spectrum and everything in between. That’s my job; getting an easy give-and-take going between us. It’s my job to help you relax, express who you really are, have fun with the camera, and actually enjoy the photo session. And it really can be fun.