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 borrowlenses.com 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 lighting...it'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? :)