My good friend Crystal Kelley, owner of Capture Life Events texted me on Saturday and wanted to know if I wanted to record an engagement session she was going to shoot. I have been wanting to record an engagement session and add a little cinematic flare for a while now. I told Crystal I was up for it.
The session was for a fun loving newly engaged couple, Elysia and Josh. Josh proposed to Elysia a few months ago, in October on Halloween. These two were very photogenic which made my work that much easier. Josh is a drummer and has been for several years. Crystal thought it would be a good idea for Josh to bring his drum set for prop purposes. I got some great shots of the couple behind the drum set. Not only did I capture Josh playing for us, I also was able to get a stunning glidecam shot of Elysia playing drummer girl with the help of Josh.
The session took place at Wildwood Park, next to Cobb Ranch. The scenery was gorgeous, and the lighting was just right. The sun was about to set and it was at the magical golden hour which gave me the opportunity to shoot with warm tones. Crystal and I took turns capturing the couple and I at times, shot behind the scene footage. I am looking forward to booking more engagement sessions. It’s sort of like a wedding but it only includes the couple. I really enjoyed the chance to focus on the couple.
This experience has opened me up to the idea of capturing newly engaged couples during their photo shoot. The couple can use the video in conjunction with their photos. They can send the video out on Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms to remind people of their wedding date. The cinematic engagement session video could be used like a save the date. You only get engaged once, you should add the cinematic touch and get the video too. I shot this in one hour, and it was ready to view in about two hours. I get the video up within the same day, at no extra charge.
If you are looking for a photographer for any occasion, I highly recommend Crystal Kelley. She works fast, she is efficient, and she is highly professional. We both work well with one another and it looks like we may be onto a whole new journey with adding video to the engagement sessions.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller. Throughout the years, I have been honored to receive the Edward R. Murrow award, Five Telly Awards, and many more. My motto is “THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME BETTER AT MY CRAFT EACH TIME I GET BEHIND THE CAMERA."