Monday, December 19, 2011

Engagement Shoot - A Few Things I Am Learning...

Over the weekend, I had my first engagement shoot.  Granted, I haven't had tons of photo shoots, so I still get super nervous before each one.  I always say after it's done, "Thanks for letting me shoot you!  I can use the practice!"  Honestly though, I can hear myself saying that even 10  years down the road.  I do feel with each session, I am getting a little better.  I've also been renting lenses from to find a lens that fits me and my style (if I have a style yet).  I know I would eventually like to get a wide angle lens, but for now I wanted to find a go to portrait lens.  I've rented the following so far:

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM - I liked it, but I wish I had more time to fiddle with it. 

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM - This was an amazing lens and I think if I had the money to purchase it, I could really find out what all it can do.  How much? $1900-$2200 depending on where you look.  I originally rented this one after doing some research online...trying to find out what other portrait photographers use as a must have lens.  As of now though, I thought it was a little too much lens for me to handle...financially and technically.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM - This is the lens I used for the below shots.  I REALLY liked it.  It created a nice bokeh and it worked well with me.  When we received our family photos from Artsy Phartsy Photography, I saw that this was the lens she used, so I thought I would give it a shot.  This really is the lens I want to save up for. 

So a few things I have learned so far? 

1. Think outside the box when it comes to your location.  I know a lot of people want to go downtown or in some super floral location and there is nothing wrong with that, but sometimes a nice background is right around the corner.  All the shots were taken in Sand Springs.   It's a small town with old buildings and houses.  The one photo with them leaning on the bookshelf was at my friends bookstore.  Now any time we drive around anywhere, I say to my husband, "Oh that place would make for an awesome photo." 

2.Pinterest has really helped me create some creative shots, especially with this engagement shoot.  Anytime I come across a cool pose or fun props, I pin it. I really love using props.

3.  It really helps when your clients are into it.  Hayden and Ashtan were so awesome.  Chalk it up to young love :)  All I had to say was, "you guys can smooch and stuff" and smooch they did! :)  Heehee.  They were super cute and really had fun with the whole process.   It was SO cold that day, but she was a trooper.   They were up for anything, so I tried everything on them - the bike, the wedding date, the hearts above the head, etc.  They had amazing chemistry which really came through in the shots.

4.  Since I'm still new at editing, I feel in the beginning I really over edited.  I wanted to try different styles and colors, etc.  I've noticed now that less is more.  I also realized I don't have all the time in the world to edit!  I would spend hours just on a few shots. 

5.   Don't get discouraged when a shot isn't working out so well.  We tried one shot that she saw online, but I was getting frustrated that it wasn't turning out the way it should.  Lighting is super important and knowing how to shoot in awkward's just one more thing I need to study up on :)

This shot was done right off the highway!

So there you go...some little photog lessons I'm learning.  I feel I'll always be learning something new and I love that.  It never gets old...right? :) 


A Nerd and A Free Spirit said...

GREAT PICS, girl! Way to go! That looks awesome!


kyna... said...

The pics look great! Good job! I absolutely love them!
♥ Kyna

ana said...

Great pics! I get SOOO much inspiration from pinterest... fashion, photography... recipes lol. Thanks for the pointers!

Life by Cynthia said...

AMAZING photos! I love your style!

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