Hi there do you ever wonder what goes on during a photo shoot or video shoot? We made this video just for you to see what happens behind the scenes of an engagement session. All of our videos show a beautiful story of a wedding or engagement but we never know how it all came together. We decided instead of talking about how to pose and get conformable for your shoot we are going to show you how we do it. We are visual people we think by watching a video is going to be the best option no one likes to read long blogs with boring stuff we just want to see the beautiful pictures or the videos. I bet you stopped reading by now and we hope you are watching by now.
Updated: Mar 14, 2020
1. TELL US YOUR STORY
The better we know each other, the better we get to tell your story. At the end of the engagement video we are going to be the best of friends! We get the coolest stuff by bonding with you.
What makes a great story that is heartfelt and authentic is how well we know the two amazing people who the engagement video is about.
2. THE LOCATION IS WHERE YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS
The location is the most important part, as this is going to set the mood and feel of your video to make you feel all the tingles inside. We are lucky to be located in Southern California where we can choose from ocean the mountain ranges, and deserts to snow. We can help you pick an adventurous location that brings meaning and makes you both exited. The setting is simple yet powerful; you are with your favorite person in this world, expressing the deep love you have for this other magical human being, and you can't keep your hands off! There have been many times that we were at a beautiful location and it starts to bring up some powerful emotions of deep love connections that we are all part of this big beautiful earth.
This is where the fun starts! Pick out an outfit that you love and compliments you. Do you feel good in it? Does it make you feel comfortable? Your outfit should make you confident to stand out from the location. Don't be afraid to experiment with this! Send us pictures if you need a second set of eyes, or in our case it would be 4. The outfit that looks extra cool in video are long dresses that have that flow to them. Feel free to bring extra options to the shoot. Remember you can always return it if we don't use it.
3. BRING PROPS TO PLAY WITH
Sometimes we just need something to play with because we don't know what to do with our hands. Props help to be more playful and gives the story a bit more of an edge.
Champagne & picnic
4. BE YOURSELVES
We want to capture your true selves; yes we want the real you! Be the silliest or be the affectionate couple with all the cuddles and smooches! We like to capture your love as raw and organic as we can. We like our videos to have authenticity to your life.
We give directions on posing but instead of worrying so much about posing we like to put you in a certain mindset. We like to focus more on the real experience of raw emotional connections. Imagine you are at the airport because one of you went on a long trip, and you are seeing each other for the first time in a very long time. What would your reaction be like? That's the kind of emotions we try to capture. Another great tip is to pretend you two are attracting magnets always-connected. We are always willing to try new ideas and new poses so if you have something you want to try we are all up for it. We want to feel goosebumps when watching our videos!
8. ESSENTIALS TO BRING
Lip gloss / lipstick / makeup
Eyelash glue /
Water & snacks
Baby wipes / makeup remover
6. WATCH OUR OTHER VIDEOS FOR INSPIRATION
If you need a little extra inspiration watch some of our other videos to get a sense of what happens during our shoots. We call this inspiration because all of our videos are unique to each couple. We believe that each couple's story is different.
We Hope this was helpful on how what to expect during a engagement session.
Updated: Mar 14, 2020
We understand how hard it is to feel and look natural in front of the camera. Our goal is to make you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. We made this pose guide to give you a reference point to get familiar with some of the poses we do and how they look, so when we get out there we can have all the fun! We like to keep the best parts of our films flowing in order to make it come together organically. We focus more on the emotion and feeling and the poses are just fun. If you don't know what to do with your hands just put them on your partner! We like the constant connection of a dance or playing around so you always end up back on each other.
1. THE WARM UP
We just met at the location, camera comes out and you might feel little anxious. Don't worry! Start super simple by holding hands and looking at each other while walking side by side. This never fails, we always get a smile! This is funny because at this point we are walking backwards trying not to trip! we feel like we become invisible because you are solely vested in each other. You forget we are even there and that's when the magic starts happening.
2. FOLLOW ME
"The lead" is a super cool pose because it shows that you trust in the other person and you want to be part of their world - kind of reminds me of Aladdin holding his hand out to Jasmine and asks "do you trust me" before they embark on the magic carpet ride around the world. In this pose both of you get to lead because we always like to keep poses consistent and give each of you a chance to lead the journey.
3. HOLDING HANDS
Holding hands makes great connection between you two. Think of it as when you started dating and you couldn't wait to hold each other, or that first touch you had with a bit of hesitation. We like when you subtly show off your ring hand while holding hands.
4. CARRY ME HOME
Do you like to have fun and just go with the flow? This pose is for you! There is nothing more silly than horsing smiling with pure & raw happy smiles. Most of the poses we do are inspired by the couples; they just want to try things out and we love to try new things out. Just make sure you work out before you try this pose ;)
5. FACE TOUCHES
This is pose is where you get face to face! You can rub on his beard or move her hair to one side, go in for a slight kiss and stare at each other's eyes. From this pose we also do a modified version where you can touch each other's faces and say, "come here for a kiss!"
This one is a personal favorite! It starts out by you being on opposite ends and walking or running towards each other. Once you reach each other it's like an explosion! We tell you to do whatever feels natural to you. A little note here - the way we like to play out this pose is putting you in a "scene." Think of it as you both have been apart for a long time on a trip and you are seeing each other for the first time and are running towards each other. What would happen next? We like to leave it open ended because that way we keep it real and up to your wildest dreams.
7. THE RUN AWAY
Hold hands together and run away into the world. You can look at each other or look back at the camera. This pose says a lot; maybe we should of called it "running towards our new life we going to start together!" And the looking back says "look how much we have accomplished!" This is a happy pose as the mindset is "together we are unstoppable we won't ever let each other go!"
8. HUG WITH SPIN
This pose brings pure joy. It brings you back to those carefree days when you were a kid and held hands and everything is funny. This time around, doing this with someone who you are seeing a new future with sparks that kid in you and that future self you always wanted.
We really hope our pose guide helped you find the spark of inspiration you needed to make your video feel genuine and authentic!