When I first started submitting my work for publication, I wasn't sure what engagement details I should include in the submission. It's a hard choice, you know? You have this whole gallery and you're left with the decision of narrowing it down for the editor. I remember feeling afraid that I would leave out the photo that they were looking for. One time I even had a submission declined because I included too many details! I have learned that you can make submission much easier on yourself by only photographing or only culling those final images. I now understand that brides don't want 10 images that are almost exactly the same! But what about the details? How can we photograph details in a way that brides love and editors want to use? Today I am sharing what details should be photographed at the engagement session to simplify the submission process!
If you have the opportunity to photograph the shoes, take it! At a recent engagement session, Andrea said that she wanted to take off her shoes to walk. So I asked her to sit on the vine-covered rock above so that I could photograph her taking off the shoe. I also photographed the shoes on their own in the vine.
I encourage my clients to always be touching during the session. While they are focused on hand holding and being wrapped up in each other's arms, I am focusing on the details of the embrace.
I love to photograph flowers because people can hang these images in their home as art! Editors also love pairing vertical flower shots with photos of the couple!
Keep it Simple
While the photos of flowers may be art, they are going to be overwhelming to the bride if you aren't intentional about the photos you include in the gallery. In the same way, keep the detail shots intentional with the submission. What helps the editor tell the story the best?