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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2008, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Engagement shots 2nd attempt

Took some notes from the previous time I did an engagement session and had another shoot. There's more than these just picked a few. Thoughts?





















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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2008, 05:04 PM
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Even tho i like the ones where they are separated, i don't think that is a good thing for an engagement photo. Looks good tho man!

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I like the first one the best, but he's squinting from the sun which sucks.
The one's where they are apart to me looks like they are fighting.
But I'm not a photographer so my opinion doesn't really count for much.
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I like the one where they are laying on the ground head to head. I also like the one where they are on the bench.
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I would have told him to wear a different shirt. nice polo shirt or something without a huge logo across the front.

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I would have told him to wear a different shirt. nice polo shirt or something without a huge logo across the front.
But Armani means prestige!
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Wow! I know this guy - he works at CDW, his name is Gena, right?
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eh, Armani Exchange is not exactly Armani
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His shirt is way too informal and distracting.
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I would have told him to wear a different shirt. nice polo shirt or something without a huge logo across the front.
Actually I did. I said nothing too flashy or any new hair styles. Just relax and be comfy. Odd thing is that he's not an Armani guy at all. He's usually just a polo short or tshirt and jeans but got decked out.
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I like the bridge one and the black/white bench shot.

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#8 & #11 get my vote. Both very nice shots. #8 is a winner in my book for the candid feeling and #11 has a nice multidimensional composition.

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I know you can only do so much with what you have to work with but tell that ugly fugger to shave that shit off his face and dress up at least as nice as Katie - geeeeez

his hand needs some manicure work cuz he's screwing up that composition in the hands pic with his nail biting habit.
with his thumb ring off he's got a noticeable indent (tan line?). so he needs to get that fixed to or put his ring back on.
you can tell she took the time to get her hand done so your pics seem to be highlighting more mismatches rather than their compatibility. tell him to quit being such a bum.




the soft focus shots are nice as well as the sepia but the digital artifacting shots aren't something I'd want to look at in an engagement album.

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His shirt is way too informal and distracting.
Engagement shots are generally whatever the couple desires formal or casual. I can suggest dressing a certain way such as avoiding fashion or hairstyle fads, but from there it's up to the couple. The photo's in the end are for them to look at. I'm strictly looking at it from a compositional point. If it was a nice solid color or maybe 2-tone tshirt then ok. But again that's all in their taste and what they want to look at in their albums.
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I know you can only do so much with what you have to work with but tell that ugly fugger to shave that shit off his face and dress up at least as nice as Katie - geeeeez

his hand needs some manicure work cuz he's screwing up that composition in the hands pic with his nail biting habit.
with his thumb ring off he's got a noticeable indent (tan line?). so he needs to get that fixed to or put his ring back on.
you can tell she took the time to get her hand done so your pics seem to be highlighting more mismatches rather than their compatibility. tell him to quit being such a bum.




the soft focus shots are nice as well as the sepia but the digital artifacting shots aren't something I'd want to look at in an engagement album.
Yea I know. You can tell him all that during ping pong next time.

As for the rest of the digital work. I ask whoever I'm shooting if they'd like some tweaking or not. If they do, I still provide the original shot along with the modified one since I make those shots from my own opinions and taste. So if we don't jive there they always have every original.
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Engagement shots are generally whatever the couple desires formal or casual. I can suggest dressing a certain way such as avoiding fashion or hairstyle fads, but from there it's up to the couple. The photo's in the end are for them to look at. I'm strictly looking at it from a compositional point. If it was a nice solid color or maybe 2-tone tshirt then ok. But again that's all in their taste and what they want to look at in their albums.
I get that. It wasn't a knock on your work. I just hear my mom in my ear saying, "Couldn't you have worn something nicer?" His shirt is distracting to my eye but not so much as to ruin the composition.

I like the bridge pic's symbolism. It would have been cool to take a pic with them together in the middle as well as the one you took with them separated. Sort of the road ahead/behind us apart and together.
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Engagement shots are generally whatever the couple desires formal or casual. I can suggest dressing a certain way such as avoiding fashion or hairstyle fads, but from there it's up to the couple. The photo's in the end are for them to look at. I'm strictly looking at it from a compositional point. If it was a nice solid color or maybe 2-tone tshirt then ok. But again that's all in their taste and what they want to look at in their albums.
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I get that. It wasn't a knock on your work. I just hear my mom in my ear saying, "Couldn't you have worn something nicer?" His shirt is distracting to my eye but not so much as to ruin the composition.
I understand that too, in the end it's their stuff. However, if you're making money on this project and putting your name on it some place, even something as simple as the wrong shirt makes a difference. If mom looks at it without having any type of photographic background and notices that something is wrong, then you didn't do your job to it's entirety, IMO. At some point, someone is going to ask who did the pictures. Just because you make the right camera settings and picture editing, doesn't mean the picture is as good as it could be. Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking your work, but you asked for people's opinions and that's what I think.

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I understand that too, in the end it's their stuff. However, if you're making money on this project and putting your name on it some place, even something as simple as the wrong shirt makes a difference. If mom looks at it without having any type of photographic background and notices that something is wrong, then you didn't do your job to it's entirety, IMO. At some point, someone is going to ask who did the pictures. Just because you make the right camera settings and picture editing, doesn't mean the picture is as good as it could be. Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking your work, but you asked for people's opinions and that's what I think.
Oh no I agree there. The shirt was the wrong choice. But not a horrible one. Although for a setting like that there are other bad choices like if he wore a green shirt and just blended in to the scenery. At least he pops here.

It's my work yes. But I'm not at the level where I can also tell people wear this or don't. I think the one thing I learned here is to tell folks to bring a change of clothing maybe. My taste being generally objective I might be a better judge of what looks good, but there's also some subjectivity there as well. Also the question is how much is it my work vs making a memory for someone else. If I really don't like the way a couple is dressed and they clash or whatever else...but let's pretend for a moment they insist that what they are wearing is exactly what they want. My option then is to either not do the shoot or do it and then possibly not show their shots as samples if it's not to my taste.

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I know its not probably your place to ssay
but with hams like here she shouldnt be wearing that dress of have leg leg beinf held up. It really emphasizes the tree trunks

+1 on everything thats been said about him-that crap on his face and the shirt and..and...and..

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