Connecting with people is one of my favorite parts of being a photographer. Not only does this step help put my clients at ease, but it’s also one of the first necessary steps to produce photographs that my clients love. Clients feel seen and heard and the resulting photographs always reflect their personalities. They even end up ordering more photos than they originally planned on receiving which makes me happy to feel as if I’ve done my job beyond what they expected.
During this photo session, my client and I had a wonderful time connecting with our shared roots. We decided to photograph in a garden and had lots of fun exploring our surroundings during our one-hour session. We caught the early morning light, had lots of laughs, and took images that really reflected my client’s heartfelt personality and grace.
As I connect with more people in the Greater Austin metropolitan area, I’ve noticed that I love connecting with clients who want to fly out of the box as much as I do. I say this with the utmost respect: there’s nothing wrong with getting beautiful, direct, and to-the-point family snapshots. I just love taking it a step further: I prefer to know my clients so I can suggest creative poses they can do that reflect their personalities and their relationships — or direct moments that I can catch.
Even though we all have access to devices that can take photos, you still need someone to hold everyone in the family accountable to look at the camera, get a (more or less) pleasant expression on their face/s, and maintain a comfortable space for everyone in the party to be themselves. This human connection has always been my key to let my clients’ personalities shine through in a still image — and I’ll keep taking that important step with everyone I meet, photograph, and collaborate with.
Rain or shine, a surprise engagement will always be an event that will give me kilig feelings. Especially when the couple in front of me has a seriously strong hug game!
I photographed one of the kindest couples that have come my way. With a phone call weeks before the photo session and careful planning, the surprise was kept long enough until the right moment.
Pro tip: get the proposal done at the beginning of the photo session so the person proposing is not anxious throughout the entire shoot. Trust me, it’s one of the most compassionate steps anyone can take, as the photographer or as the person proposing. This not only releases any nerves that can creep into the pictures, but it will lift the mood of the photo session…just as long as the proposee agrees, but we can tackle what to do then in another blog post (maybe).
Want to learn more tips on how we kept a planned surprise engagement photo session (with roses) a secret? Let’s chat!
I can help you set up your own surprise engagement while receiving heartfelt photos you, your family, and your friends will gush over.