Thursday, January 12, 2012

Portraits (Engagement Photos)

I am NOT a portrait photographer.  In fact I prefer to shoot inanimate objects.  They don't move or talk back to me.  But to save $$$ on the old wedding budget, we decide to take my son's engagement pictures ourselves. 
Mananass Stone House
 The first thing to consider when take portraits is LOCATION.  I drive past this stone house everyday on the way to the gym.  The battlefields have great scenery.  They are plain, but interesting in textures and views.
 Next, shoot in the morning or evening if possible.  We weren't able to do that so we used the full shade of the house to get a better light.
 Focus on the EYES!  If you have a Portrait setting give it a try.  I use my portrait mode and sport mode.  I like the continuous shooting ability so I don't miss a shot!
 Try different angles and positions.  I had a couple of great subjects!  They came up with all ideas for the pictures.  I like the more candid shots vs the "staged" pictures.
The Annanie moto, "Have fun"!!!!

 Matthew was saying,
"Walk cute my mom is taking our picture."  LOL

Love the hands!

 This last one I took with my Iphone and filtered with Instagram.  Its one of my favorites.
Lastly, take bunches of pictures.  I took 200 pictures and they picked out about 25.  You can use engagment pictures for slide shows, labels for wedding decorations, save the date cards and scrapbook memories!
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  1. Great job mom! I guarantee you wouldn't have gotten some of those facial expressions (especially out of your son) if the photographer wasn't you! Priceless!

  2. You did an incredible job on these photos. I love them all, my favorites are the one of him giving her a piggy back ride, oh and the one where she's on the brick wall looking down at him and the one of them walking in the field. Beautiful couple.

  3. I love the piggy back ride too - it's so natural... these engagement photos are 100 times better taken than my wedding photos... I was so disappointed with my photos... the photographer took pictures of us from under a bridge (chins!!!!!! Uhhhhh - awful). Also photos of us with the sun shining in our eyes and our faces were all screwed up as a result! He was terrible and I can't change them sadly. I think I salvaged one out of the lot which I was happy with. Your son is so fortunate to have a collection of lovely photos, even if you are not professional, most of these photos would pass as professional photos. Well done mum!