At Twisted Oaks Studio, a Philadelphia wedding photographer studio (that’s some good SEO right there), our primary focus is storytelling. In order to tell each and every client’s unique story, we really need to get to know them on a personal level. The better we know them the easier it is telling their story. It’s also easier for them to feel comfortable in front of our cameras. As part of the process of getting to know each and every one of our clients, we always push our clients to have us take engagement photos for them. Besides the awesome photos that we capture, it’s also the opportunity for them to work with us in a more relaxed atmosphere. It’s a chance for our clients, like Amy and Mike, to get to see how much fun and easy it is to work with us.
Ultimately, this takes a lot of pressure off of the wedding day, they aren’t getting their photos taken by us for the first time. Our biggest goal with engagement shoots like this one is to really spend some time hanging out with our clients, letting them experience what it’s like to be in front of our cameras. Getting to see firsthand what it’s like being directed by us as well as the techniques we use to bring out their natural personalities. Amy and Mike’s engagement shoot was actually the first time that I had met them in person, they had only met Sandi during their consultation. Because I hadn’t met them yet, this was also a great opportunity for myself to get to know them both and see how well our personalities meshed.
Just like any other engagement shoot, we started about 2 hours before sunset which just happened to be just slightly above 30 degrees on the day we did Amy and Mike’s shoot at Bartram’s Garden. The snow on the ground only made it feel that much colder. When I saw Amy step out of their car in a dress, I thought to myself that this could go one of two ways. She will either want to call it quits 15 minutes into the shoot from being cold, or she knew exactly what she was doing and has no problem braving the cold weather. Well, let’s just say it was the latter, and it took a whole 5 minutes for us to hit it off and start having fun. Sandi and I had an absolute blast hanging out with these two, trying to stay warm as best we could, even reciting lines from Dumb and Dumber. As much as I love Fall engagement shoots up here in the Northeast, this one made me really fall in love with cold snowy winter ones as well.
We shot until dark, both Sandi and I bundled up in layers with wool hats and gloves, ending the shoot with Amy and Mike running around in the snow as if it was a warm summer’s day. Then, just before hopping in our cars to warm up, we took a few selfies just for fun :)