{Monica & Jeff’s Engagement Shoot}

“One love, one heart, one destiny.”

 

I have mentioned before that if a bride and groom book Machado Photography for their wedding, I STRONGLY encourage them to book an engagement shoot with us as well. A wedding photographer is an investment in your memories of one of the most important days of your life; you want to be absolutely certain that you have the right photographer to get the best images possible, a photographer who will work with you and have a creative vision that meshes with yours. Sometimes the engagement shoot functions as a mini test run, a getting-to-know-you session.

 

I was recently asked by Monica & Jeff to photograph their wedding. The thing was, they had already had an engagement shoot with another photographer. The pictures from that shoot were nice; Monica & Jeff liked the pictures….but they didn’t LOVE them. That makes for an interesting situation. Should they invest in another set of engagement pictures? The answer was yes!

 

The engagement session acts like a “trial run” for the wedding. I can get to know the couple, see how they interact with each other, find out how comfortable they are in front of the camera and if necessary, find out how to make them more comfortable. Some couples don’t need or want much direction, they just go with it. Some couples want a bit of direction, want their photographer to make suggestions. By the end of the engagement shoot, I know what the couple wants out of their photos…romantic or serious or funny, sweet or elegant, modern or old-fashioned, posed or spontaneous.

 

After a bit of brainstorming, Monica & Jeff & I headed to railway tracks that ran through a wooded area, armed with some fun props like a blanket, a book and some cheerful red umbrellas. And then we had some fun! We had a great variety of scenarios to work with, from romantic story-telling to walking the rails, and of course, the beautiful fall colours which worked to our advantage! We even made a little detour to an historical school building; architecture changes the mood of photos significantly. Monica & Jeff are naturals in front of the camera!

 

I think you’ll agree that the pictures turned out beautifully. Now Monica & Jeff have engagement photos that they LOVE, and I am absolutely prepared to get the best possible photos at their wedding next summer!

 

Congratulations Monica & Jeff!
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2 Comments:

Beautiful photos! Monica & Jeff are naturals!!!

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