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Kamy 
 

Engagement Photos; PLEASE HELP


My best friend is getting married, Today she asked me if I could help her out with the engagement photos!!.. Im nervous, that I wont do a good job.
Ive been so interested in photography since I was 13, few friends have asked me to photograph their baby showers and I have, but ive never done engagement photos!!!
I own a Sony w100 8.1 MP and today a bought an external flash (?) just incase , We are going to find a nice park to take the pictures there... I want some tips what time of day is the best time to take photos? In the morning or late afternoon before the sun goes down? or what kind of Colors should they wear, poses? please help me .. any tips would be greatly appreciated!!!


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5/28/2007 4:24:58 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  (Is this a serous question? Not that it's stupid, but I've seen a couple joke questions in a similar format lately. But...)

Early morning and late afternoon has better shadows and more dramatic lighting.

For poses, just look at other engagement photos.


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5/28/2007 4:33:45 PM

 
Kamy    yeah it's a serious question!!!!!!!


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5/28/2007 4:38:22 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Relax kiddo. Engagement photos, unlike a wedding can always be recreated and reshot. Take an umbrella.
M.


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5/28/2007 4:39:00 PM

 
Kamy    I already googled and because I took a short photography lesson in school, I know that they should fell relax and how to make them fell comfterble, but I need some tips on the clothing they should wear, what's the best time in day, since I want to [ and the bride also] want to shot in a natural ambiance! like a nice park or something like that so please give me some tips...


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5/28/2007 4:41:07 PM

 
Kamy    Umbrella?? ohh and im 18 now! thanx's for your help


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5/28/2007 4:42:51 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  Sorry Kamy, it's just from the joke questions going around (Mark!), I was suspicious.

Go to a nice park or botanical garden. They should wear nice, clean, formal clothing.


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5/28/2007 4:45:20 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Actually Ari, it's no joke. The umbrella is to diffuse the light from her fill-flash. ;>) And if she doesn't have one, she should get one.
M


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5/30/2007 3:57:11 PM

 
W.   
Hi Kamy,

THREE things are really important here:
location, location, and location....

So scout that location well in advance. Go down there, camera in hand, and do a 'test run' one evening from 2 hours before sunset till sunset. If you can, bring a friend as a test model. Find the right angle relative to the sun: keep the sun at right angles or behind the subject to prevent squinting. Do test shots. Try alternative angles. Do test shots. Experiment with fill-flash. Do test shots. A 3x5' reflector might be a boon. Do test shots.

Then you sit down at your PC and you'll SEE what works best. And on the big day you will be FULLY prepared.

Have fun!


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5/30/2007 4:39:21 PM

 
Dreaded Critic   Kamy
be sure to get many photos in the shade of the trees, watch your white balance if not shoting in auto mode.


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6/1/2007 3:11:59 AM

 
RC T.  Tulio   Hi Kamy,
Some practical tips on your engagement shoot.
1. Couple in White Long Sleeves in Jeans always look great. Two or Three outfit changes are a good option.
2. Don't understimate choice of shoes esp for the male. I have seen close up shots of legs/shoes of couple intertwined while in a hammock.
3. Best shots are couple looking at each other, engaging with each other - one touches the other, walking with each other, being wacky with each other - guy carrying girl horseback.
4. Sample shots of model style poses looking at camera.
5. Get solo shots - guy thinking; also girl thinking; get solo shots of interests.

HOpe this helps.


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6/14/2007 2:05:11 AM

 
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