Exploring a new city is always exciting, especially when you have friends around you who would love to do a couples session.
I had the privilege of meeting Meghan this past summer as we were both accepted to attend a fellowship (News21) in Phoenix, Arizona.
Meghan and Ryan first met while attending St Bonaventure University in Upstate New York. They have been together for a little over a year, and let me tell you; I CAN FEEL THE LOVE! (When I see this in couples, it makes me geek out!)
Many times I get clients who have never hired a professional photographer, which can be nerve-racking. But remember, my aim with every photo session is to connect with you and get to know you a little better. A typical session usually lasts 45-60 minutes. My goal by the end of it is to know you just a little bit better.
They were both a little nervous, Ryan a little extra, which is super common! Men typically tend to be the more nervous or tense ones out of the two.
An excellent way to take away these nerves is to just be yourself. I know, I know, it is so cliche, but it's true! I like to believe I try my best to meet people where they are. Meaning that there's no judgment in who you are, what you do, or how you express your love to your partner. If anything, I love to see that in couples!
To make our session more enjoyable, I tend to enjoy directing prompts more than poses. (Don't worry, I get those poses of you two embracing each other as well) but prompts are more fun! "Prompts" is just a fancy word for directing action, like jumping or cuddling, etc. A fun one I love to do is the kiss attack! I'll guide you through it, so don't you worry, this is how a prompt will be explained: "Take few steps away from her, on the count of three, I want you to run to her and give her a big bear hug! As you hug her from behind I, want you to stick your head out on the left side and begin to give her a million little kisses all over her neck and cheek. Act like I'm not even here; don't think about it too much. Go with what feels right to you. Ready? One, Two, Three!!!" I tend to get more genuine and candid photos this way.
I had so much fun getting to know these two love birds. We picked out Papago Park in the heart of Phoenix because of its beautiful red rocks. We drove there as the sun was setting. On a typical summer day in Arizona, it's common for the weather to get to up 120. Lucky for us is just around 100 degrees. They were true troopers!
I can't wait to capture more lovers in the future! If you'd like to book a session, send me a message today!