Natural Light Charlotte Engagement Session

May 25, 2020

I love how natural this session looks. I also really love that you can see the happiness and love through the photos. From the scrunched up faces to little kisses this session by Elli McGuire is about as sweet as they come.

Other Credits: The Crunkleton (bar)

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

Alec and Michael wanted this to feel very natural and candid, so we opted for outdoor lighting + a bar with beautiful natural light. They wanted it to feel like a date where they could just relax and have fun while I took photos.

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

For more candid sessions like this I do ask for inspiration photos, or a mood board; other than that I let them know ahead of time that I'll be asking them questions and prompts to get them to interact more naturally with each other.

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

For this one I thought a little more about framing and balance within the photo; I don't get to shoot uptown very much so it was really fun to play with the angles of the buildings, the shapes of the glass and all the structure present that I don't usually get to photograph.

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

Try to find a balance between making the art that you were hired to make, but also creating an environment where your clients feel like you're accessible and can have open communication with you. I strive for that every time (and hope I achieve it) because a. my clients being comfortable matters more than literally anything else and b. I think photos are noticeably better when your clients don't feel put on the spot or awkward. Leave room for joking around, don't take yourself too seriously, and don't be shy about speaking up if you see something really cool. I'm a pretty open and emotional person who HATES having her photo taken, and I use that to try to be empathetic to how weird having your photo taken actually is and to put people at ease.

Anything else you'd like to add?

Don't be afraid to let them know if you're especially excited about how a photo turned out, or to explain why something's working really well. I want my clients to feel included in everything and like there isn't a wall between us where they don't know what's happening. Do I overshare? Probably. But I'd rather them feel involved than like I'm just dragging them around and posing them.