My First Photoshoot!
Today, I had my first ever photoshoot with my good friend Allen and his girlfriend, Christine. They were a pleasure to shoot. I didn’t know Christine that well, having only met her a couple of times before today and, even then, it was only briefly. In a way, that actually made it easier for me. Normally, I’m a shy guy around people I don’t know very well. This is something that holding a camera seems to alleviate quite a bit. I was concerned that I would have a hard time engaging them, getting them used to being in front of a camera.
I don’t know if it helped, but once we met up and reached the first spot I wanted to shoot at, I started asking them questions. Some of them, I already knew the answer to because Allen had told me, but it got Christine talking and I think it probably distracted Allen as well. I got quite a few shots that I was happy with.
The reason for taking the pictures was actually for a Christmas card. The way it came about was I had approached Allen and offered to shoot him and Christine. I wanted the practice and I needed someone besides family. By pure coincidence, they had been planning on getting some Christmas pictures taken this year. Since I offered them the excellent price of $free, they took me up on it. While the photos aren’t exactly Christmas themed, it’s hard to find snow and/or evergreens in November in Tucson.
Instead, I decided to treat the shoot like an engagement shoot. Since I know Allen well, I know (and she does too, so I’m not spoiling anything) that they are planning on getting married sometime in the future. This posed some more serious challenges to me since I wanted to capture their feelings for each other, but my worries were not necessary, they displayed their affections for each other openly. This made my job quite easy. I didn’t need to give them many directions. I guided them to the locations and I asked Allen for a couple of expressions (since he’s a goofball and I wanted some serious shots). The only pose I actually asked of them was to hold a kiss for a couple of seconds so I could ensure I had a shot. As you can see above, this worked quite well.
I know that when the time comes for them to have an actual engagement session, they will get excellent results. I told them that and I hope they believed me, because it’s definitely the truth. Their personalities and love for each other really shined in all of the photographs I took. I look forward to going to their wedding.
They were an excellent first couple to photograph. They were easy going and the whole shoot took about 45 minutes to an hour. Still, there were a couple of lessons that I learned from this. First, I need to pick a better time. Ideally, I should have done the shoot later in the day. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do that because of having to also arrange a babysitter. Instead, I chose the morning. Since most of the shots were in the shade, this wasn’t much of an issue but I need to pick some of my spots better based on the time of day. My first location had overexposed backgrounds but I still managed to get some good shots. Lastly, I probably need to learn to say, “hold that” so I get less blur. Overall, I think I did a good job on my first try, but I’m always open to feedback.
Overall, they have an excellent future ahead of them. As for myself, I have things to learn but I certainly hope I’m on my way.