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Garden of Gods Engagement session, couple questions

 
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Apr 21, 2015 10:58 |  #1

Hello everyone,

Ok so I'm fine with my portrait business but was wondering something for an upcoming engagement session in GOTG in Colorado. I typically bring a 60" shoot through wiht strobe for family stuff but also have a soft box I thought about bringing since its just the two of them.

Could I do fine with just the soft box and strobe instead of speedlight? Its a surprise setup where she wont know its going to happen so I thought having the soft box and shooting my wife and daughter would be the cover etc until I need to shoot them...

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Apr 21, 2015 16:57 |  #2

My wife wouldn't be happy with a surprise session, she'd want to choose her clothes and do her makeup.

Engagement sessions I do very light, on camera flash only, as I use an assistant for off camera light at weddings. Having to do it slows things down, my main aim at engagement sessions is to build the relationship with the couple, not to get great photos. Might be different in the USA though.


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Apr 21, 2015 18:11 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #3

No its the same here :) I'm a good friend of the guy and it was his idea to capture the proposal so it wont be as large of a typical portrait session for me. Was more curious about the need of something like a 60" rather then a soft box closer. Truth be told I could just use my 70-200 and be fine with the lighting in that area.




  
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Apr 21, 2015 18:20 |  #4

So you're capturing a proposal not an engagement session? Stealth is probably important initially, unless you can make up a reason to be there. After that I suspect being able to move quickly may be a good idea, rather than carting around a bunch of gear you had to hide earlier because it would make her suspicious.

Suggest a proper engagement session is planned for the time that suits her, rather than springing it on her. Immediately after getting engaged photos probably won't be her focus - if you get any time you may get a few minutes unless they're photo mad.


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Apr 21, 2015 18:54 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #5

Good points Tim, funny thing is that i was going to have my wife/family there to be my subjects (reason for being there) however, I need to clarify with him tomorrow if hes' looking for a session? or just looking for me to capture the proposal. Good question Tim and probably something he hadn't thought of..especially the makeup portion ;)

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