If you've been hired to photograph a wedding, there's a very good chance your clients will also want you to take engagement photos. Recently we released our 14 hour long wedding tutorial How to Become a Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer which covers everything about how to start a wedding business. Lee Morris previously released a sample called How To Light Posed Photos In a Church but today I wanted to share a free excerpt on making the most out of your client's engagement session.
So what are engagement sessions? Engagement shoots are extremely popular in the United States and have become a major marketing tool for the bride and groom's wedding. Basically an engagement session is simply a short photoshoot that captures the energy of a couple during their dating or engaged period. Usually the couple wears casual clothing and sometimes they may have you photographing them doing something that they both enjoy. The purpose of engagement photos is usually to promote the wedding itself, and many couples will include these photos on their "save the date" invitations they send out to their guests.
As a Wedding Photographer in Charleston South Carolina who shoots a lot of destination weddings, many times I literally meet my clients the day of the wedding. I can tell you, it's a lot more difficult to quickly build the relationship needed to capture great photographs with someone you just meet or only had coffee with than it is with a couple you have already worked with in the past.
In this short 12 minute excerpt from our full 14 hour long tutorial, I try to answer a lot of the questions I had about engagement sessions back when I first started shooting weddings. Some of those questions included: What type of lighting equipment do I need? Should I use natural light or flash? What should the couple be doing in my photographs? How do I get them to pose and look natural in these photographs? Where should I place my subjects for the best light?
Obviously there is not a single "right" way to do anything photography related so my goal in this section was to share multiple shooting techniques that I've used over the years. My hope is that other photographers can learn a few interesting tips and tricks which they can then use to create their own style. Below are a few of my favorite images from the full 40 minute Engagement Session section.
Jason and Kristin Burke's Engagement Photos by Patrick Hall, Charleston, South Carolina
If you are already a professional wedding photographer or are thinking about starting a part time wedding photography business, check out the full trailer on this extensive 14 hour long digital tutorial below. Wedding photography has been one of the best career decisions I've ever made in my life, and it continues to be one of the most rewarding activities I do each week.
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