AAAAAAAAND we’re BAAAAAAACK! *said like Jimmy Fallon in that Z105 sketch from SNL in which he uncharacteristically managed not to crack up at himself during the sketch*
Sooo… ‘ja miss me? I missed you. … Wait no, not you… YOU… yeah… you, over there… yeah… no wait, no, not you – YOU. Yeah, YOU, right there. I’m pointing at you. Right. I missed you so much!
Anywho, on this beautiful late Monday afternoon, aka our first day back from a week’s vacation, I think I’ll start off excessively strong and super inappropriate. In other words, promptly return to business as usual. Ok HERE WE GO, with a…
If you and your beloved’s initials are something like, say, “T + A” or “D + P” consider – just consider – switching them around if you’re going to be using said initials on things like your invitations, your favors, your cake, etc. If you don’t understand where I’m coming from, don’t worry about it, just y’know, consider heeding my advice. I have your best interest at heart. Of course, you’re free to do what you want with your initials, just please be prepared for people like me giggling throughout your event. People like me, we can’t help it when we’re thrown lobs like that.
Ok, NOW THAT WE’VE GOT THAT SILLINESS OUT OF THE WAY…
Sorry. I’m sorry. I’ve been holding onto that one for way too long. Ok, now getting serious… promise this time…
QUESTION FROM A READER
I don’t know if we’re in the minority or the majority, but a DIY-capable couple we are not. I can’t craft even if it was to save my life and the lives of my unborn children AND my dog (I know you feel me on that), and I don’t know the first thing about what to do in front of a camera. My fiancé is the same, potentially to an even farther extent. We also don’t take many pictures of ourselves because it just doesn’t occur to us until later, when we’re home and we’re like “we should have brought our camera tonight. We’re probably not going to dress up and look that put together for at least another two months.” Hopefully you’re catching my drift. It’s not like we roll out of bed and go to our respective places of employment in our pjs, but we don’t know how to ready ourselves for a photo shoot in a field or wherever (seeing a lot of fields lately), nor do we feel very comfortable in front of the camera. We also don’t want to look cheese-faced the whole time. Should we do an engagement shoot REGARDLESS, and sort of hope for the best? Because even though I may sound like a hater in this email, one thing we both really want is nice photos of ourselves before our wedding, which we’re both pretty excited about actually.
We both read and love your blog. Not sure if you have a lot of male readers, so know you have a loyal male follower in my FH. And he doesn’t do blogs.
Thanks for your help!
I think you should totally do an engagement session, no doubt.
If you choose a talented photographer (← this is pretty much the first step to most everything in my opinion), and wear outfits you feel that you look attractive while wearing, you’re already 75% of the way home. The rest is about allowing yourself to relax (which a great photographer is good at helping you do, by the way) and just act yourself with your sweetheart. Act a fool, even. It’s just all about letting loose, once you’re there, in that field, in front of the camera. And you don’t need to DIY anything for your shoot. DIY elements are just beautiful little additions that – depending on what the prop is - make a shoot that much more colorful/meaningful/fun/easy-because-you’re-holding-something-so-you-don’t-have-to-figure-out-what-to-do-with-your-crazy-hands/interesting/message-holding-for-your-Thank-You-Notes/silly.
Also, search around on various photographers’ sites, and peruse the faces of the couples in their portfolios/blogs. If they look relaxed and normal, that’s an excellent start for you in your search.
Also also, don’t take anything too seriously, and don’t constantly be thinking of whether or not something is looking cheesy. If you try to avoid cheesy SO HARD, you’ll end up looking *the cheesiest*, and, if I’m reading you right, I’m pretty sure you’re trying to avoid that.
This shoot below is a stellar example of just what you’re facing. They never even wanted to do a shoot. But look at what they got out of it. P.S. – colorful sunglasses and balloons are the anti-DIY-crafts of shoot props. Highly recommended in your case.
… I’m turning it over to you guys…. what are your thoughts?
LOVELY ENGAGEMENT SHOOT PERFECTION IN ACTION
I’m thrilled to share this beautiful piece of work shared with me by Sofia and André of Brancoprata. If you’re not yet familiar with Sofia and André, prepare to fall in love with their uniquely soft and exquisite work. And if you ever have the pleasure of meeting them, get ready to fall head over heels for their kindness and professionalism. :)
I simply adore this duo. They’re a stylist and photographer team, and they’re flawlessly matched. Just check out these bangin’ pics of one lovely little couple who didn’t even want an engagement session in the beginning!
Here are some words from our bride, Cátia:
Before we started seeing the wonderful e-sessions that are all over the Internet, we did not even think about doing one of our own, as we are not big fans of posing for photographers and around here most of the sessions look a little bit cheesy. But then the idea started to grow when we saw a very cute engagement session from some close friends who got married a few months before us. By then, we already knew that if we were really going to do it, it had to be BrancoPrata – we knew that they would capture exactly what we wanted: a young, fun, relaxed love session!
Since we live outside the country and did not have much time, we arranged everything and did it just two days before our wedding. It’s very easy to see how happy and in-love we were (and thank you André Teixeira for not letting the photos show how tired and stressed we were!). We told André and Sofia that we wanted a place that looked like we were in the country side, since we could not actually go there, and they picked this awesome park, in the middle of the city, that created exactly the effect we wanted.
All the clothes and details were chosen to pass on a very vintage and romantic feeling (and still being us), as only pictures from the ’40s can. And BrancoPrata completely nailed it!
↑ Peeps. How adorable is that shot.
If you said, “Maximum Adorable,” congratulations, that’s the closest answer. If you said anything else… thank you for playing.
“… how sweet it is to be loved by you.”
So, my loves…
1) Any thoughts or advice that you’d like to give regarding our question from a reader? Also, did/do you feel concerned about looking cheesy/awkward/funny/weird in your e-shoot photos and/or wedding photos?
2) How perfectly perfect is this shoot by Sofia and André??? And remember, this couple didn’t even WANT TO DO A SHOOT. Look what you can get when you just jump in and do things you never even thought you’d enjoy!
xoxo! - Alison
Kitteh via the vast internets, but probably originally via I Can Haz Cheeseburger