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Planning An Engagement Session

Planning An Engagement Session

For today’s post, we’re here to help you help your couples when planning an engagement session. 

Here are 5 top tips photographers share with their couples to help when planning an engagement session. If you’re new to wedding photography and don’t know where to start when helping couples planning an engagement session, start here! If you’re a seasoned pro, see how many of these you share with your couples already! Either way, feel free to pass these tips along to your clients if you think they’re feeling stuck. Because at ShootDotEdit, we’re all about both you and your couples getting the best shots possible! And when you’re done here, check out these two blog posts on Posing Couples and Posing Couples for Engagement Sessions that will help you be even more successful!


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Posing for Family Formals

posing for family formals

Posing for family formals — can they be stressful? Yes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t handle them with professionalism and grace.

That’s why we’ve put together a few posing techniques for you try out for your next session when it comes to posing your bride and groom with their families!

Also, when posing for family formals, know that some of the tips we shared with you on posing the bridesmaids and groomsmen work just as well with the family photos, especially with smaller family groups.

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Engagement Session Posing

When engagement session posing comes into play, your first priority is not to get your couples comfortable in front of the camera… it’s to get them comfortable in front of you.

The engagement session is your chance to show your couple that they can trust you with the task they’ve hired you for: capturing one of the biggest days of their lives. So getting them comfortable and confident with you as a photographer is mission-critical.

So we’ve put together a few tips on posing techniques to try out for your next engagement shoot.

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Posing Techniques: Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

Posing Techniques: Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

So we know that posing the Bridesmaids & Groomsmen can be one of the most fun, and sometimes the most challenging, parts of your job on the wedding day. It all depends on the composition and size of the group, the liveliness of the group and their willingness to cooperate, and also your ability to lead them quickly into great poses while still keeping control of the crowd. Of course, the main focus of a wedding day is the bride and groom. But the couple have brought some of their favorite people together to celebrate with them and stand up with them. And since these people are important to them, that means the pictures will be as well.

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Bridal Portrait Posing Techniques

Bridal Portrait Posing

Bridal portrait Posing can be challenging, but may also be some of THE most important pictures you’ll take on the day of the wedding. No pressure, right?

But in all seriousness, you will want to make sure you get your bride’s poses down perfectly.

So in order to help you achieve success when posing your brides, we’ve put together some posing techniques just for you!

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How I Got the Shot | Narvold Photography

Narvold Photography

Nick Arvold of Narvold Photography is a truly valued customer of ShootDotEdit. We love seeing the incredible and creative images he sends in on a regular basis!

So of course, you know we had to ask him how he got some of our favorite shots… And we’re proud to announce he decided to share some wisdom with you!

So read on to find out how Narvold Photography Got the Shot!

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Top 10 Photo Edit Fixes Asked For by Brides

Top 10 Photo Edit Fixes Asked For by Brides
Image credit Photography by Orlando

This blog post on the Top 10 Photo Edit fixes a bride might ask you for may surprise you! You are a wedding photographer and love to bring out the beauty of your subjects. You understand that it is reasonable if your brides want to look their best on their wedding day. So it might not surprise you if a bride-to-be approaches you with photo edit requests on or before her wedding day. And why not? It is her big day. She wants to look beautiful and be the center of attention. She wants everything to look perfect, at least in her wedding photographs. That’s the reason she hired you.

Thanks to technology and editing software like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, there is so much that you can do when it comes to editing and retouching wedding photos. It has become a trend, for example, to smooth skin or flatten the stomach in photographs. But as a photographer, especially if you are just starting out, the question isn’t always what you can do, but maybe what should you do, and perhaps even, how much should you charge to do it? 

First, it might be helpful to know what common edits brides may request, and have a plan in place for how to set expectations for what is reasonable, and what might be above and beyond your skill level. Because brides may sometimes request very specific — and very time-consuming edits, and they might get upset if things don’t go their way. 

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The Best Decision You Could Ever Make for Your Photography Business

FEATURING GARRETT DELPH, CEO and CoFounder of ShootDotEdit

photography business decision

Maybe it was just a few years ago that you realized your calling in wedding photography. Or maybe you’ve been in it longer than that. You decided to make your passion your business and grow with it both personally and professionally.

You’ve spent years making a place for yourself in the wedding photography industry and now you’re flooded with work from all corners. You’re happy, but also dealing with the chaos of running a business.

And we get it! Running a business can be super difficult — and making a photography business decisions like handling the shoots, post-production, client communications, networking, branding, advertising, logistics, and whatnot, can be overwhelming! At the end of the day, you’re just trying to keep your head above water…

If this all sounds familiar, DON’T PANIC! You’re not alone.

20 years ago, this was the life of Garrett Delph, the co-founder and CEO of ShootDotEdit.

He was the owner of a thriving wedding photography business — but it was a struggle. After years of stress and anguish, Garrett finally found his solution…

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How to Ask Your Clients for Reviews

How to ask your clients for reviews

This blog post discusses how to ask your clients for reviews and what that can mean for your ranking and searchability online!

You dress to the nines, put on makeup, wear your best jewelry for a party — but nobody compliments you. You work on the fence of your house all day, repair it by the time evening arrives, and now it looks like new. Yet, your spouse doesn’t say a word about it.

Aren’t these scenarios a bit unsettling?? It is because everybody wants and loves appreciation! Not receiving feedback for all your efforts is heartbreaking.  

This holds true for every individual and every business. Wedding photography businesses are no different. If your clients don’t tell you that they enjoyed your company and your work, how would you know? That’s why getting good reviews is crucial for your growth as a photographer and a business owner. 

Receiving good reviews is more than just feeling appreciated. It has many other benefits for your business. Read below.

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