Getting great imagery should be a given for any shoot, but a proper engagement shoot should be about who the the couple is together and individually. They should be able to look back on their engagement shoot and see themselves, not just their likenesses posed the way thousands of other engaged couples are and have the same images in the same setups thousands of other couples are every month. Everyone is unique, and being able to pose them creatively and in setups that reveal who they are as a couple and individually is what any couple should want and expect in photography, not just creative artistic couples. 🙂
I met Gabi when she entered a contest for a free engagement shoot I was doing on facebook. They live about 5 hours away from Savannah, but were thinking about doing a Low Country wedding later on this year, and wanted to investigate Savannah for possibilities anyway. Gabi and Josh didn’t win the engagement contest, but I fell in love with their style from what I saw on facebook and wanted to do a shoot with them anyway. So we made plans for them to come down, and my excitement was growing thinking about the concepts we could do with his singer-songwriter/rocker persona and her joy of wearing vintage(y) clothes. By the time they arrived, I had about 3 hours of shooting planned, which is much longer than the typical engagement shoot, and it was all thrown out because their personalities weren’t what I was expecting at all. They were very quiet, easy going, laid back people. While not shy, they were self possessed and much more introverted than I suspected vocalists would be. No worries, I retooled my shoot, dropped some of the high energy stuff, and we still had a great shoot.