Thursday, October 25, 2007
Kent & Courtney; e-session
Kent & Courtney are getting married in July! I had the priviledge of photographing them for their engagement session. We immediately hit it off and hit the streets of downtown Bryan in hopes to beat the storm that was fast approaching.
We started downtown and the plan was to head to George Bush after we were done there. However, the rain came down. So we finished up there and went to George Bush another day.
These two were so much fun! They had lots of neat ideas as well which gets me excited that someone else is as excited about pictures as I am.
I have a funny story too- a Lynsey moment (as my hubby would say). I was trucking along taking pictures. I like to refer to my clients by their names instead of 'Hey, you'. It just sounds better for some reason. So I kept asking 'Kurt' to do this or 'Kurt' to move here or 'Kurt' to chill. Halfway through, sweet Courtney says during one of those moments,"You mean, Kent."
I broke out laughing and started apologizing profusely. They were laughing with me too!
I have a really bad tendency to mesh couple's names together. I do this even with some of my closest friends, Kirby and Charlie. I will call one of them Chirby, Karlie, Charby or whatever! I'm so bad about it. Courtney goes by 'Court' a lot of times and once again I was caught in the name meshing game with, Kent and Court.
I do tons of shoots in the downtown area. It is what people like and I happen to love it myself. But, I don't want for everything I shoot downtown to look exactly the same. However, at the same time I realize that people select a photographer based upon the work that they have seen them do.
Here is some insight to that from the amazingly talented and famous Jessica Claire. She shares the importance of being consistent yet creative at the same time. Here are her words:
This is something that I struggle with like everyone else. I think that one thing that helps is to get to know your couple or subject a bit before the shoot, or even when you first arrive so you can find things about them that you can incorporate into the shoot. I love to shoot engagement sessions somewhere significant to a particular couple. My best work though, is when I get to shoot people doing something or being somewhere that they really enjoy. For example, I had a couple the other day say to me, "please don't make us shoot our engagement session at the beach, I just don't like the beach!" I'm so glad that they said something about that because instead of putting them somewhere uncomfortable, we were able to choose a location they really loved.
I think doing things different every time is really difficult, and so I don't try to go too far outside the box on every shoot. My clients hire me not only for my photos but because they have an idea of what they will get with me, and consistency is a good thing. So on every shoot, I'll shoot about 75% of what I know will work well, and I'll try about 25% of the time to do something different or new. It doesn't always work, but sometimes I get something completely awesome! That way I can shoot for the client and still satisfy my own creativity and curiosity without the pressure of feeling like if I don't do the new thing well, the shoot is ruined.
So that is that! She really says it best!
On to the favorites from their session. There are more to come that were shot at George Bush. This couple had a ton of keepers! I really had a hard time even selecting my favs. Here is a LINK to all of them shot downtown!