Being in front of a camera isn’t terrible, but neither is the accompanying spike in self-awareness the height of comfort.
What I like about pets at sessions, is that they can add such a helpful angle of unpredictability. Having a force pulling you so firmly into the present as do a dog’s needs & hilarities, is one of the easiest ways to feel less critical and more relaxed.
A good many couples come to me with conflicting feelings about “engagement pictures”. There’s such a pinteresty stigma attached to the term, that a common concern for the practical couple is, “the last thing we could ever want is a million pictures of us giggling in a field or making out in a parking garage.” The conflict enters at the point where the same person realizes that they would indeed like something, only seeing nothing that resonates with them… what that something actually is, or could be, remains a mystery.
Our goal for this session was to side-step flowery-field-flouncing, and create that something. More practical, yet aesthetically unoffensive. Useful yet real enough so that looking at your ‘engagement pictures’ for the first time doesn’t involve peaking through your fingers, afraid of looking like a cheese ball. Or a Forever 21 model.
It’s a tall order but… I think we did okay :)
City: New Orleans
Location: Audubon Clubhouse