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3 Engagement Photo Poses That Will Make You Smile

Professional engagement photos are a popular modern trend that lets couples share the joy of the occasion with family and friends. The photos tend to be less formal than wedding pics, so it’s an opportunity to get creative and have some fun. Here are some tips on how to decide on the best engagement poses and photos for you and your other half.

Creative engagement poses can focus on more than a couple

1. Formal or Casual

Talk with your partner about what kind of photos you want. Would you prefer posed formal shots in a studio or a more casual shoot in an outdoor location?

Casual photos offer more variety, and you can really go for something different. They also open up a range of options for save-the-date Photo Cards. For these cards, you can think outside the box. The above image is a great example of a unique photo that shows a couple’s interests and personalities, yet still conveys the connection and love they feel.

Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from having a combination of formal and informal engagement pictures. The formal shots can be used in a newspaper announcement, and the less formal shots can be posted on social media and given to family.

2. Inside or Outside

Engagement poses in a studio setting are beautiful, but you can also consider having a photo shoot in your own living room, on your favorite sofa or even on a porch swing. Outdoor settings make for stunning shots. Visit a botanical garden where you can walk toward the camera among colorful spring blooms, or stroll through a park packed with bright fall foliage and leaves falling around you. Another idea is to revisit special places, such as the spot you first met or had your first date. Choose places that involve your shared interests as a couple.

3. Get Close

Couples photography is about showing the connection between two people. Don’t be afraid to get close: Hold hands, caress a cheek or walk arm in arm. For casual engagement poses, lie on your bellies side by side and prop your upper bodies up on your elbows. Another fun angle is to lie on your backs with your heads side by side and feet pointing in opposite directions. Have the photographer shoot you from above for a fresh twist.

Pick the poses and locations that best show your personality. Let loose, and it will shine through in your photos.

Share Life’s Happy,

Kristin Emery

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Lighten Up: When to Use Artificial Light for Photos

Light is what makes photography possible. Digital camera sensors, like film before them, create an image by recording the differing amounts of light reflected off the subject. Nature has been kind enough to provide a great source of light — the sun — but sometimes it just isn’t enough or creates awkward shadows. It is important in those situations to know how and when to use artificial light for your photos.

Knowing when to use artificial light in your photographs can make the difference between a snapshot and professional-looking results.

When There Isn’t Enough Light

The most obvious reason to use artificial light is because there isn’t enough available light to get the photo you want. Low light can result in a number of consequences. For example, if the light level is too low, your camera’s shutter speed may become so slow that moving subjects appear blurry; blur from camera shake can also be a problem. Your camera may try to compensate for the lack of light by increasing the ISO, or sensitivity, but this can result in noisy or grainy images. Finally, it may just be so dark that the camera is unable to capture an image at all.

Avoid Harsh Shadows

Sometimes it’s a good idea to use artificial light even when there’s more than enough available light to take the photograph. Often, when photographing people outdoors, direct sun can leave harsh, unflattering shadows on one side of the face or under the eyes and nose. They won’t produce the sort of results you’d want to use for family portraits or Photo Cards that you plan to send to family and friends. Adding a little light by using a flash, reflector or any other light source can soften those shadows for more pleasant portraits.

Take Control of Your Light

With some experience, you can use artificial light to take total control of your exposures. For instance, you can avoid pale, blown-out skies by setting your camera to expose for the sky and the flash to expose your subject correctly. You can use artificial light to create dramatic shadows on and around your subject. You can even use a flashlight or other handheld light source to “paint” with light at night or in a darkened room. Once you have the basics down, only your creativity will limit what you can do with artificial light in your photography.

Share Life’s Happy,

Andy Warycka

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