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Its time for our next post ladies and gentlemen!
Intro to Engagement Sessions
Engagement sessions are the funnest part of the wedding photography experience (at least from our point of view). There are many variables when it comes to having a great photo shoot happen but we’ll get to those later. Many couples wish for the vintage style photo shoot, and that’s a problem because that’s the only information we get. “I have the idea of a vintage photo shoot.” Here come the questions a photographer should ask: What era? (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, Victorian), what aspect of that era? (The high class, the lawless, a movie reenactment), what will you wear?, are you willing to pay extra to shoot in a special set?
There are many more questions to be asked and with those questions come answers. An engagement session can also be a traditional one such as the beach, Wynwood, studio or even your own home (this is a good one since your home will also play into your persona). Remember that it is nearly impossible for a photographer to own props of all kinds since we’d need 10 blocks worth of warehouses. It is sort of boring when the same props are used for the same customers (everyone is different!).
An engagement session is like a movie production; the time of day is very important due to the position of the sun, the setting must be just right, and the wardrobe must play right into the whole idea. Also, be ready to bring out your alter ego, it is the moment where you see if you have any true Hollywood potential! Imagine what your friends and family will say when they see you in a commercial style photograph. A tip: you and your partner have to be completely open and ready to act, no shyness allowed!
There are hundreds of places one can use for engagement photography in Miami. From Vizcaya to the train museum to Brickell to the Miami River to the Zoo to the beach to wynwood to the spanish monastery to many more you have plenty of places to choose from. Apart from the different places you can go there are many props you can use such as a sailboat, a vintage Jeep Wrangler or a Military style Hummer used in the TV show “Burn Notice” (By the way, we have access to all of those). No matter where you live there are plenty of places to shoot (Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Brickell, Wynwood, Downtown, Midtown, Ft Lauderdale, etc) so don’t freak out if your idea doesn’t fit anywhere you can think of! And most importantly, these settings are not the center of attention! You are! So let the photographer decide whether the setting is a good enough fit.
I know I’m all over the place, but this post isn’t supposed to be specific about one area. It’s all the aspects one should take into account when you think of engagement photography. Another idea: do you have any hobbies? (Tennis, Reading, Partying, Boating, Fishing, Painting, Bicycle riding, etc). These hobbies can be something you see as an everyday thing, but it’s YOUR everyday thing! Not everybody rides bike so these pictures tell a story about a couple that is unique in many ways (Obviously there are plenty of couples that ride bike, but how many have awesome sport pictures together?)
To conclude this post, understand that this is a production and that if you REALLY want something different, you have to spend a little more time and money to make it happen. Hopefully you get what you want and be glad that you have found the photographers for you!
Delio Photo Studio
2399 Coral Way
Miami, Fl 33145