It's been said that the camera can add 10 pounds. Really it's all about the angles. Things can appear larger than the really are depending on how close they are to the camera, that includes your body. So tuck that hip back, extend your head forward to avoid that dreaded turkey neck, and extend your arms out and back for a slimmer look for those engagement photos. As a professional photographer, I've got tons more tips but just remember, what is closest gets biggest.
This is a question we all have so don't worry. The good thing is that the answer is super easy. Keep them moving. If your by yourself, run your fingers through your hair, play with your skirt, or a prop such as a hat. For couples, I always tell them to keep their hands on each other. It's actually one of my session rules. It keeps the connection going throughout the session and gives you something do with those appendages.
Most of us aren't models, but guess what? You don't have to be to take a great pic. If your too focused on looking weird, or awkward, you will look weird and awkward. Just relax and have fun. Easier said than done I know, which is why I love to introduce a few games during my sessions to keep things lively, exciting and of course, fun.
Whether you're going for a casual urban look or a more dressed up session, A-line skirts or dresses are not only flattering but also create beautiful movement in photos. With either look it's also important to feel you best with minimal fuss. If you have to constantly pull up or tug down, hide straps, you may want to consider another item.
Light colored outfits not only photograph beautifully, they also add to the warmth and light colored backgrounds the photographer in me craves! Also beware of small checkered patterns that may cause a distortion called chromatic aberration and head toward a nice clean solid color.
I offer some engagement sessions that include an outfit change, so if you can't decide on two looks, bring them both! Another good idea is to bring two pairs of shoes. Those heels are darling but they may be difficult to walk in through sand and grassy areas.
Ever wonder how couples get those glowy, dreamy engagement photos? It's all about the sunlight. To get that golden honey glow, schedule your session an hour before the sun goes down or for you early birds, an hour after the sun comes up.
If it's not possible to have your shoot during golden hour, search for even soft light. This my be hard when it's 2 o'clock in the afternoon and the sun is blazing down, so look for even shade behind a white or neutral colored wall. In harsh sun with no shade stand with your back towards the sun for pretty smiles and no squinty eyes.
I love to have my couples choose three words to describe their relationship and then display those qualities. Are you two silly and goofy, more adventurous, or perhaps low-key. With any location you choose use props to show your silly side, climb a tree to show the adventure or a sit on a picnic blanket to cuddle on. The key is to keep it fun and unique.
The great outdoors is, well, great but the cozy indoors can also be just the ticket. An in home lifestyle session showing off your awesome cooking skills can showcase a more intimate connection. Love paintings, sculptures and art? Check out your local museum or art gallery. Indoor gardens, libraries, your favorite coffee shop or even a busy location such as a theme park can all be great locations to celebrate who you are as a couple creating engagement photos you'll cherish forever.
The best location for your engagement photos should also have several areas for various backgrounds and scenery. Florida has water everywhere, so finding a lake or spring near areas of open field is just the ticket. For a more urban feel, be open to parking garages, cobblestone allies and even subway stations.
Since the weather man we all know has a hard time predicting the weather, especially in Florida, staying positive and a bit adventurous is key. Some of the most common locations can look epic with a gentle rain or snow and who doesn't love a cool water reflection shot of a sweet kiss and leg pop?! Bring that clear bubble umbrella and just have fun!