In-Home Engagement Session Atlanta, Ga

If you’re looking to get beautiful photos with your significant other, but want to stay out of this god-awful heat, you might want to consider doing an in-home photoshoot. I did my first in-home couples photoshoot last week with Elizabeth and Cole in Atlanta, Georgia, and it was so much fun!

Elizabeth and Cole booked me for their wedding next May, and with any new couple, I recommended we do a shoot together beforehand so we can all get familiar with each other. These shoots can be daunting if you don’t have much experience being photographed, especially if it’s in the middle of an already hectic moment like your wedding day. So having an engagement session beforehand can be very helpful. This also gives me a better idea of who my couple is, how they interact with each other, and how I can better tell their love story through photographs they will cherish forever.

With this being my first in-home couples shoot, I definitely faced challenges of my own, but that’s part of why I love what I do. Anyone who enjoys puzzles or problem-solving will understand that there is something so satisfying about finally getting it right. With this photoshoot, I was limited on space in ways that I’m not when shooting outdoors or at a large wedding venue. I typically will have my couples walk around together to get them comfortable, but with this being indoors with limited options, I had to get creative.

Getting in front of that lens for the first time can be intimidating so I always love to start my couples out just doing something that they are already familiar with. Like dancing together or making a cup of coffee. If you’re concentrating on the task at hand, you can forget that I’m there capturing those real-life moments of you. In this case, I had Elizabeth cut some fruit at the island with Cole. This led to some beautiful, real moments of them enjoying each other’s company, and the shots I got out of it were just adorable.

Once those first-time jitters are out of the way, the real fun can begin. We played around with different poses and prompts to capture everyday moments that beautifully showcased the love these two have for each other. Something that photographers have to work out for every couple is how to pose them while still making it look natural. And something that worked for one couple may not work for another, which is another reason why I love having these preliminary shoots where I can get a better understanding of my couple. For instance, the shots of Elizabeth and Cole on the couch look so natural, but a lot of it was intentional. Seeing two people sitting on a couch together side by side could come across as buddies hanging out, but once you add in a cozy blanket and get them intertwined in some way, it changes the narrative of the story these photographs tell.

Another fun fact about this shoot that I loved is that this wasn’t my couple’s home! They are getting married next year and don’t have a place of their own yet, but we didn’t let that stop us from getting comfy, cozy in-home photos. We found a few studio options that unfortunately fell through, so we ended up looking into Airbnb and VRBO options instead. It was important to me that Elizabeth and Cole picked the one they liked best because I wanted it to be a space they could envision as a home for themselves.

This shoot was so fun, and the challenges only made it that much more special. It also warmed my heart when Elizabeth and Cole mentioned how glad they were that we got to do a shoot prior to their wedding. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be comfortable with your photographer because the lens can truly capture when people have their guard up in front of the camera. Elizabeth and Cole were naturals and I am beyond excited to get together again next May to capture their wedding!

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