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I was recently asked by my cousin to take engagement pictures of her and her boyfriend. Although I had never taken pictures of adults I didn’t hesitate in saying yes, she is my family so how hard would it be. Well….let me start out by saying the day it came, I started sweating. I had done my homework and of trying to get inspired by looking at pictures of pretty, happy people smiling and showing lots of pda.

I drove with them to their chosen location and as we arrived I really started to panic. I usually like to check out the place before I shoot somewhere and figure out where I want to spend most of my time. We walked around and I had them sit there and as I raised my arms to start taking pictures I realized I was shaking. My camera felt foreign and two people were waiting for me to tell them what to do. Uh…why don’t you…put your head on his shoulder…yea uh…and put your arm there..and put your leg on his , wait actually don’t do that. My mouth was dry and my voice was shaking. I think about poses I had seen and how they were draped all over each other. Let’s keep walking I say.

I seriously wanted to book it into the woods. I was panicking-had I lost it all? Why did this camera feel so weird in my hands?
So a little background, usually I am a very kid centric person. Kids are my thing-I love chasing them around and capturing them and only them. Adults, not so much. Unless they are with their children of course.

So I started out getting pictures like these which makes me think of a picture you get in a frame. My eyes literally bulged out of my head when I saw this picture. Which is fine and great for the grandparents but soo not me.

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So here is my question-do you think you have to specialize in something? Has anyone had an experience like this? I look at websites and people have categories a mile long-weddings and babies and maternity and commercial. I now have SUCH an appreciation for people that can photograph couples. They make is look so easy!
I did end up finding my groove and this one was one of my favorites..

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  1. April 24, 2012

    I love both of them, but the second one is definitely my favorite. I’m not a seasoned photographer, by any means – I am just a beginner. But, I am a musician and can relate to what you said. I can feel this sense of comfort and safety in “my” genre. I do believe most people specialize in certain areas but it’s probably because they work hardest in the areas they like the most. Whatever you practice the most at, the better you get at it. I used to think I needed to branch out into every genre of music and started working at doing that. But I stopped enjoying it. So, I stick with what I like and I guess that’s what I specialize in. It’s probably the same for photography. I don’t know if this makes any sense … but, hopefully it does. 😀

  2. April 24, 2012

    I agree, taking pictures of couples are out of my comfort zone as well. I’ve done a few engagement photos, but the weddings made me sweat too. It’s a big responsibility, really, to take pictures of a day that will never happen again. There will always be those shots that didn’t “turn out just right” and my fear was that shot would end up being “the kiss.” I love love love taking pictures of children. I think it’s because they don’t mind how they look and they look so much better in their own environment, doing their own thing. Adults like poses for some reason, and that’s just not my jazz. You are not alone.

  3. April 24, 2012

    i’m shooting my first wedding in june for my cousin. i am so nervous i want to vomit. they want a lot of candid shots, which i’m not too nervous about, but thinking about posed shots make my stomach turn. i think i’m going to ask friends to let me do a mini session just to get a feel for it since i’ve never done anything like this before. it’s comforting to know that even you get nervous, too!

    that last shot is really beautiful and natural looking and has you written all over it.

  4. April 25, 2012

    Great experience! And thanks for sharing it. I’ve never done like this. 🙂

  5. kathy #
    April 25, 2012

    both are great shots…I do love the one with them smiling at each, super sweet. I think it is hard to change focus…you are used to kids. Even with my limited skills, I prefer kids. I don’t like landscapes, but yet, I see such beautiful landscapes, but I need a person in it, preferably a kid. my kid to be exact.

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