Before we get into the super fun shoot that is below, I asked emily & scott if they would let me interview them about their engagement session. it was an awesome, relaxed, amazing time of interaction and i wanted future bride and grooms to be able to see just what goes into planning one of these sessions, and how to get into the mindset of simply relaxing while being photographed. so thanks to emily & scott for humoring me, and please dont forget to enjoy their images after the interview….
what was the most important thing to you about your engagement pictures? that they reflected who we are while conveying the love we have for each other in a natural way.
did you have a vision for the shoot? honestly we didn’t have a vision until rebekah prompted us by asking our favorite past times. we love to cook, hang out at the beach, and go to shows at the theater. just by thinking of our favorite everyday activities, it was easy to develop a vision for the shoot.
how did you choose your locations? we knew we needed a kitchen for the cooking scene, so we used my (Emily’s) house. being there made the shoot more relaxed and comfortable. throughout our relationship we have always enjoyed going to the beach, and have many memories there. so, of course we wanted to incorporate this. lastly, getting all dressed up and going to see a show at the kravis is one of our favorite date nights, so this was a perfect way to end our shoot.
talk a little bit about the planning; how did you decide on outfits and props and activities? after developing a vision we tried to think of what styles of clothing and items would look best photographed. as for our outfits and props, one of our friends came alongside to shop for clothes and items that went along with our activities. we really payed attention to detail when choosing the props, making sure they were things we were actually going to use (ie fresh produce, bright colored dishes, skateboard, etc.). having an outside person’s opinion, and someone who has a knack for style at that, was extremely beneficial. we chose vibrant colors for the kitchen scene, neutrals for the beach, and more of a formal look for the theater. we did not try and do the “matchy-matchy” thing, but rather thought more simplistically when choosing our attire. although well-thought out, we made sure we were comfortable in our clothes. we wanted it to just be “us”, to just be REAL.
mentally, how did you prepare yourself to be photographed? knowing rebekah and ben personally, we were confident that the shoot was going to go well. so as far as our part, we just remained relaxed, ready to have a fun day. to ease any unforeseen anxiety, we mapped out our time line and locations with rebekah before hand. we had an allotted time for each, and knew when and where we needed to be ahead of time. (which btw is unusual for us bc we are only ever on-time to work and church lol)
physically, how did you prepare? we both got hair cuts before. nothing out of the ordinary, just our normal everyday look. i (emily) got a manicure and pedicure with a fun bright color on my toes i did my make-up the same way i always do, nothing over the top, just natural. also, we each made sure we were well-rested!
how important was it to you that the shoot reflect how you truly feel, how you truly ARE as a couple? it was EXTREMELY important to us that our photos captured the essence of the way we feel about each other without looking too over the top and/or “staged.”
Can you explain, by your actions and interactions between each other, how you ensured that what you FELT was truly seen and captured on camera? we tried to remain natural, keeping our actions the same as in our everyday lives. it was almost as if the camera wasn’t even there. we just focused on each other and enjoyed being in the moment. having rebekah and ben guide us through the shoot added ease and comfort to the overall experience. they have truly been given a gift and we are so grateful for them!