After a beautiful session in a Southern canyon, we received the most heartfelt words from Julie speaking to her experience with us while making engagement photos. I've often thought of compiling some tips on how to get engagement photos you'll love, but who better to hear it from than the folks on the other side of the camera? We were so delighted to get this message from them, we just had to share it with you!
From our amazing clients:
As the radio quietly hummed Neil Young, I had a good while to think about how I wanted our pictures to turn out. I kept thinking to myself, what do I want our love to look like? I had scoured Pinterest for engagement pictures and saw other friends’ photos on my Facebook feed. I had this idea of what engagement pictures should be, and that idea included the happy couple in crisp matching clothes while looking longingly at each other or smiling for the camera in a pose that said, “We are in love.”
Inside I had this fear that maybe our pictures wouldn’t portray that; what if my fiancé kept the stern face he often had whenever someone pulled out a camera? What if I looked sweaty or uncomfortable? So many things could go wrong, and I kept hoping that our photographers would like us. It was our first time to meet with Erin and Bryan in person since booking them for our wedding , and I hoped they would give us specific instructions so that our photos were perfect.
I don’t remember the snapping cameras, the poses, or any rushing. I remember cool water over my feet in the river, holding the calloused hands of my soulmate, gazing into the eyes of the person who makes me feel like a wildflower, and dancing as he laughed and pulled me near.
I remember feeling free and loved, and I remember trusting Erin and Bryan, because their love for each other and their craft is so overwhelmingly evident. One can’t help but to second-hand absorb a love like that.
During all of those moments we were lost in one another, unaware of the cameras so diligently capturing every small touch and movement, we took our best photos. At the end of the day, after we hugged Erin and Bryan goodbye, my fiancé leaned over and whispered in my ear, “Today was so much more fun than I ever expected.”
I smiled to myself and realized that when you have the perfect person by your side, make-up, clothing, and accessories are just not that important. Without Erin and Bryan there, it would have been another day with my fiancé, and that’s the beauty of their work; they make you feel like you and your fiancé are the only two people in the entire world.
Their patience, kindness, gentle instructions, and keen eye not only made our day relaxing, but we ended up with engagement photos that have brought tears and smiling gasps from our family and friends.