Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and that means there will be a whole lot of newly engaged couples! If you’re new to engagement photography, you’ll want to pull up a chair and a cup of coffee. Photographer Stacey Kaufmann of Dear Stacey Photography, shares her 5 rules for relaxed and natural engagement images.
Take time to get to know your clients. This essential questionnaire will set the tone for your couples entire experience. Some of the information I gather:
Hold off on “super romantic” poses until the end.I believe a stronger, more organic image comes from direction rather than a pose. Have your clients do some of the following:
Walk holding hands
Activity (skip rocks, jump on the swings)
Sit next to each other
Staring contest (ends up in laughter)
At the end of the shoot, explain what they can expect when they receive their gallery.
Above all else, keep it light and fun and when all else fails, remember your enthusiasm is contagious.
Thank you Stacey. Stacey says when you are looking to print images from engagement sessions or weddings, try the silk paper. “The silk prints just arrived and I’m over the moon with their quality, finish, paper type and color. These photographs will be loving held in my bride and grooms hands and hopefully the hands of future generations. It’s not something I take lightly. It’s vital the prints not only look a certain way, but also feel juuust right. You nailed it! Thank you Printique for helping me create memories that will go on living long after the moments have past.” -Stacey
If you would like to see more of Stacey’s work, you can visit her website DearStacey.com.