When it comes that time for couples to plan their engagement session a big part of the planning is where should we do that shoot? I always have this discussion with clients and try to help them figure out what fits best with them. I ask, “Are you guys beach people, nature people, urban etc.?” This may be easier said than done to come up with the response. You may think “wow I never considered what type of environmental (that’s the best word I could come up with) couple we are.” Try to think of the types of dates you both like to go on, or maybe where was your first date? Where did your proposal take place? Even take into account your style are you more urban chic, beach casual? Do you love bold colors? Beautiful architecture? Just ask yourselves those questions and before you know it you will figure out what type of location suites you best!
This nature shoot took place in Los Angeles. I went back and forth a few times with Jen to figure out where they would like to do the shoot. The beach came up but they weren’t feeling like they were that beach couple. In the end Jen decided on the beautiful Descanso Gardens in La Canada. This was such a beautiful and lush location, with beautiful colors throughout. Jen told me before the shoot that her fiancé Javier was a bit on the shy side when it came to being in front of the camera, a little tip that I greatly appreciate before a shoot. For me it is important at every photo shoot to make the couple feel as at ease as possible, and knowing beforehand if someone is particularly shy helps in my approach. I like to just let people know were here for fun, no one is judging you and this photos are for the two of you- so just enjoy your time together. Another day I will do a more in depth post on how to make your clients comfortable at a shoot. Here is a quote from an e-mail Jen sent me after our shoot:
“We such a good time and Javier felt very comfortable around you, I was really surprised … Thank you for making it such an enjoyable experience… ”