January 13, 2020

An Intimate Prep Session That Will Make You Want to Get Ready Together On Your Wedding Day

I love intimate sessions so much. It shows the connection and love between a couple and this session really drew me in. I love the way Elizabeth had them interact and I love her usage of light with the windows. Such a lovely way to compliment the couple and really show their love story.

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From The Photographer

This was part of a workshop with Jennifer Moher, however we were given time alone with the couple and this is what I created! They are a real couple! Their names are Madison and Daniel.

What was your inspiration behind the shoot and the use of light?

-This shoot was all in one room, so I wanted to designate different parts of their getting ready story and of their moods with the light. At first, in their robes with soft light having coffee before the get ready for their wedding day. This light really allows the viewer in to their quiet anticipation. Then, as they are helping each other get dressed they were moved over toward the window to have some more direct and dramatic light. This added some seriousness and weight to these moments, and also served as a way to designate to the viewers that something new was happening in their story (with a little makeout session in the middle).  After they were dressed, the shades provided a completely different type of light for some portraits. Shifting the shade’s direction provided for varying options of contrasting light.

How did you prepare your clients for this type of session?

-It helps when you and your clients are excited about sharing the same story! I try to tell my clients that sometimes it can be awkward, but what I aim to capture are their true moments of connection that happen along side the sometimes awkward parts. We’re not robots! We’re all awkward or feel uncomfortable but that’s not the story we choose to tell.  Once clients feel comfortable and begin to trust you, that awkwardness usually dissipates. Then my guidance during the session is action based so that the couple doesn’t feel stiff and are able to put their own spin on the posing.

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What techniques did you use that were out of the norm?

I tried to mix in some different techniques like a longer shutter speed at some points to convey movement. I also made sure there was a variety in how I exposed images- some were with less shadow, some were almost silhouette in order to bring different moods to one room.  I was also strategic about cropping to help tell the story and frame the viewer’s experience. I also really tried to get shots that were wide, and some that were close up.  I used my 35 mm lens for 95% of the images in the set.

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Any advice to other clients or photographers who want to do this type of shoot?

Be open about the type of shoot you’d like! Your clients are not claymation- they need to show emotion for your photos to be meaningful! The more you’ve come together on the mood and type of shoot you’d like, the less you’ll have to direct them.  Then it will start to feel like it has a life of its own, rather than a struggle to get the image you’ve been craving.

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