Mark and Lukas have always had infectious and charismatic personalities for as long as I’ve known them, both as business owners and volunteers in the Wayne community, and as friends. I was honored to take their engagement photos, along with their good friend Chele.
To be honest, I was a bit nervous for this session. I had never shot a same sex engagement shoot before, and wanted to do a good job for this couple, and for myself being my first experience. My nervousness quickly faded once we started. This was no longer a same-sex shoot, it was simply a session with my good friends Mark and Lukas. Like any other engagement shoot, adding great laughs, a little white wine, field spiders (really big ones!), and a frightfully tall ladder (turned out to be my biggest fear of the evening, but I survived!).
For my fellow photographers who have yet to shoot a same-sex session, here is my advice. Actually, here is my advice for any engagement shoot:
- Do your research. Don’t be afraid to Google or Pinterest poses or ideas for inspiration, and adapt them to fit your style. I also encourage you to learn about the couple you’re photographing, their hobbies, likes and dislikes, and what they’re comfortable with. The more you get to know them, the more comfortable they’ll be with you during your session.
- In regards to same-sex couples, portray them as equals. This is advice I received directly from Mark and Lukas. Consider how you can portray your couples equally, both visually in the photographs by keeping them on the same levels when possible, but also implying equality in their relationship through the stories your photos tell.
- Consider your subjects’ opinions. I never turn down suggestions or ideas from my clients. If I don’t agree with their proposal, I meet in the middle. You obviously have expertise with photography that they may not, but it’s also important that your clients are completely satisfied with the results. Listen to them, and work with them.
- Keep it personal. Research definitely comes into play here. Make every set of photos unique to your clients, whether it be different scenery that is special to them, incorporating themes that suit your subjects, or simply using props or ideas that tell your subjects’ stories. For example, Mark and Lukas had a special trunk they wanted to use in their photos, and they also wanted to take some pictures at their home.
- Have fun and be creative! Don’t be afraid to try new ideas and think out of the box! Every shoot you do should be memorable and unique. Challenge yourself. Show your style, show your passion, and show your heart.
Thank you, Mark and Lukas, for allowing me to tell your story!
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