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Engagement Session, Editorial Style

 
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Apr 13, 2016 17:07 |  #1

I shot this "styled-ish" engagement session this past Saturday. And I got to test my new Sigma 35mm Art lens and am loving it. We started out in the city, along Maryland Plaza in Central West End (you know where I'm talking about if you're from St. Louis) and headed to the Forest Park. This park is HUGE and a very popular place for photos. But I scouted a few cool spots that are rarely photographed. I was trying something a little bit different.

Here are the results. More images from the session can be found here: http://www.choicejadep​hotography.com ...ral-west-end-forest-park/ (external link). CC welcome!

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More images from the session can be found here: http://www.choicejadep​hotography.com ...ral-west-end-forest-park/ (external link). CC welcome!

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Apr 14, 2016 06:46 |  #2

The first thing that I noticed is that he appears to be completely bored and detached.....except in picture 5 where he has a little bit of a smile. Also I just don't see any close relationship between the two. Maybe that's because he looks so disinterested.

The whites look a bit too hot to me in some of these as well. Focus looks a little soft too. But maybe that's what you wanted.


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Apr 14, 2016 16:39 |  #3

saea501 wrote in post #17971427 (external link)
The first thing that I noticed is that he appears to be completely bored and detached.....except in picture 5 where he has a little bit of a smile. Also I just don't see any close relationship between the two. Maybe that's because he looks so disinterested.

The whites look a bit too hot to me in some of these as well. Focus looks a little soft too. But maybe that's what you wanted.

Thanks for the CC! Yeah, I was trying something different than what I would normally shoot--you know, interaction, emotions and all that. So the detachment/disinterest​ed look was exactly what I was aiming at: "editorial" so to speak. :-)

The sky in some pictures were washed out because they were back-lit and I wasn't using any artificial light or modifier. But the highlights were not blown out. I did pay attention to the histogram.

As for softness, I agree that maybe the focus in the last one is a bit off. And I was purposefully shooting wide open at 1.4 just to test how sharp the lens was. Maybe compression is part of it?


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Apr 19, 2016 16:49 |  #4

I see what you were going for here. I didn't have much issue with them (although I just don't like #1). Because of the style you were doing, I didn't have a problem with blown out skies or softer focus, it worked with the style. ;)


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May 01, 2016 19:07 |  #5

BrickR wrote in post #17977634 (external link)
I see what you were going for here. I didn't have much issue with them (although I just don't like #1). Because of the style you were doing, I didn't have a problem with blown out skies or softer focus, it worked with the style. ;)

Thanks!

Is there any particular reason you don't like #1?


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May 01, 2016 20:19 |  #6

I agree with above to some extent. She was much better in front of the camera than he was. But I like the style that you were going for, very cool.


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May 01, 2016 20:38 |  #7

I also see what you were going for and I think #2 is the closest to that particular look IMO.


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May 01, 2016 23:36 |  #8

choicejadephotography wrote in post #17992313 (external link)
Thanks!

Is there any particular reason you don't like #1?

The outfits and poses don't work with the scene.... and the scene is the focal point actually, because of the framing.
The outfits don't match the scene and they each have different poses, style wise.


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May 17, 2016 01:23 as a reply to choicejadephotography's post |  #9

Sorry for my long C&C but I've done shoots like this several times before learning how to get the couple to show how they naturally are.

In these series, I find that he is not very prepared for this. There are a lot of guys who have a hard time with an engagement shoot. Either they fear it too much, looks corny to them or they feel out of their comfort zone. There are tons of reason why this happens.

Here's my detailed c&c
Picture No. 1: He is robotic. Most likely the beginning of the shoot. She says lets do this.
Picture No. 2: He thinks "What am I doing here?" She starts to pose and ready.
Picture No. 3: She is really convincing him. He's thinking hard.
Picture No 4: Some real fun. He is loosening up... a little bit more natural grin will do the trick. A collection of these would do great.
Picture No. 5: He's just really tired.

Engagement photos should express the love BOTH ways.

You need to convince the groom that you are not part of the scene. One of the better ways to do this is have them do an activity together while on the shoot. This will make the guy loosen up for the shoot. I would usually say something like "Sit under that tree as if you are in a world by yourselves, have fun and relax". Let them naturally pose as they would before starting to shoot. Don't even try to shoot until he is focused on her and not on you as a photographer. Sometimes you have to explain to them its their day together so they should enjoy just like a date in the woods or in the park. Shoot using a zoom, and get closer as he becomes more relax. After that magic just happens.




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May 18, 2016 06:54 |  #10

Editorial isn't really a style I go for so it's not to my taste but ignoring that bit all these photos seem too over exposed for me. The highlights are just a bit too blown.


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May 18, 2016 07:03 |  #11

Not my style but I still like them. It's a nice change of pace, especially if the clients prefer/like this style. BlackBull mentioned they seem over-exposed...that would be his preference as well. I know the "over-exposed" look is just another style that some like and some don't. Weather or not you intended to do it, I think you pulled off the "over-exposed" look well. They look good, but they don't strike me as "engagement photos." Then again, that might be what you are going for. A little more interaction between the two would be nice. Maybe you have other shots that show a little more... love? These photos make me feel a little sad looking at them, except for #4 where they are together smiling.


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