Practice, practice, practice!

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!!

Thanks for stopping by.

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About ~ ~ joanne.thomas.photographer~~

I am retired, starting a new career. I love shooting portraits. People are so fun and interesting--I try to bring out there personalities and capture them in images. Children are especially interesting little people, who love to tell you all they know and are so uninhibited. I enjoy shooting weddings to capture all the details and emotions of the day. Between photo sessions I keep shooting --to learn, to experiment--to create art. The industry is ever evolving and I want to give my clients the most exciting and lasting images, full of their love of life expressing their personality.
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2 Responses to Practice, practice, practice!

  1. sunmallia says:

    These are great Joanne, you got some great poses too that is where I always have problems not knowing how to pose. Great images and great post.

  2. Sherrie says:

    I really enjoyed your photo shoot, Joanne! You did a really nice job with these…very cute and creative. I always freeze when it comes to taking people shots! This is just one more area I need lots of practice.

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