To be the best photography we can be, we are told by the experts to practice, practice, and then practice some more. On one of my much-loved trips to visit my daughter in grad school in Florida, I asked my daughter and a friend of hers it they would be my models for a mock engagement shoot. I promised that there would be no kissing, as that would put them in an embarrassing situation, but I told then I did want one shot forehead to forehead if that would be ok. I got the go ahead and had them both sign model releases. I do this quite regularly with family shoots, senior shoots, weddings etc.
It was a 90+ day out even though we waited until late in the afternoon on a Sunday so the temps would hopefully cool down and there wouldn’t be much student traffic on campus.
I did my homework and scouted out the places I wanted to shoot and imagined the images I hoped to capture. It was one of the most fun and memorable days that I will remember from my treks to Florida. I paid my models well with dinner out.
By doing this practice shoot, I was so encouraged to do the real thing.
I waited and waited for that car to leave–finally just took picture. Obviously, they are tired of waiting too. She looks a little frustrated. LOL
I really would have loved a kiss right here and gotten the sun star right between them–but I was thankful they were helping me out with this shoot.
My models created some of these poses themselves. They really were creative. I think that many couples will have some idea of what they want their engagement shoot to look like and will tell you or even show you and I find that so refreshing as I was to do my best to make their dreams come true. It’s not about me and my craft, it is about them and their story. I am thankful I can help them make their dreams come true.
Practice, practice, practice!!
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