- I took over 500 pictures in hopes of having a handful that were good. I ended up with about 15 that look awesome. Bring a big memory card!!
- I took the pictures in the late afternoon on a sunny day but in the shade. Nothing can imitate natural light but direct natural sunlight is too harsh.
- We found a park that had a lot of different settings and different angles. Grass, woods, playground, waterfall, bridge, rock outcrop. All had different lighting and all gave different opportunities for different pictures
- Photo editing is the best invention for us not-even-close-to-being-professional photographers. I get a lot of questions about what program I use and I am always proud to tell other about the Pixelmator photo editing program. It only costs $15 and does 95% of what Photoshop does! (Photoshop costs hundreds of dollars). And if you are a complete photo-editing novice like I used to be, Pixelmator has the most amazing online video tutorials about how to use their program. And they are completely free!!!
- With the couple, I spent some time online looking at different poses, angles and shots that they really liked and brought those examples with me as a reference. Don’t forget to be impulsive though and take some of your own poses as they come up during your time. My favorite pictures from their engagement shoot were the ones of them goofing around, laughing and not “posing” for anything. Just keep your finger on the trigger and keep shooting!
- I practiced using the camera in similar lighting settings before I actually took the pictures. All the research online about all your different settings will do you no good if you never go outside and practice them. You will be amazed at how just a bit of practice and knowledge can produce gorgeous photos!
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