I had a great engagement photography session with Rebecca and Milton recently. As a San Antonio wedding photographer I always encourage all of my clients to have either an engagement portrait session or bridal portrait session. It is best when they have both. Not only does this create some great images that are different than the regular fine art wedding photography images that I create, but I think that it is important to have these portrait sessions for a few reasons. Many of the couples that I work with have never had professional photography before and they do not know what to do in front of the camera. The portrait session gives them time to get used to being photographed. It also gives me a chance to spend some time with the couple. I especially like an engagement session because I get a chance to work with both the bride and groom and to see how they react to being photographed. My style of very much documentary and I do not like to pose people. I may start them out in a little bit of a pose, but then I tell them to relax into a more natural look. I refer to this as posed, but unposed. The natural look is what I am after. I find that it also makes them feel and look more comfortable in their image. Bridal portraits have to be a bit more posed because of the dress. I always find these sessions to be more formal. Most of them occur indoors but I have taken some beautiful bridal portraits outdoors. You can see some great images from Rebecca’s bridal portrait session at Rice University here. But I still encourage the bride to be a bit relaxed in her pose.
Rebecca and Milton chose Jesse Jones Park for their session because they wanted a wooded surrounding. They also wanted to create some images on a small beach area in the park. I had never been to that park before but luckily they were very familiar with it. The park is fairly large and we walked a lot. Usually I am the one leading people all over an area to find great locations and to produce a variety of images. But this time they were the ones dragging me all over the park. We must have walked for at least 3 miles and I was carrying all of this camera gear. But the resulting images were worth it. There was great variety to them from an open field to the trees and the beach. They are a great couple. We all had a wonderful time. I am looking forward to photographing their wedding.
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