Engagement sessions are more than just a time to capture pretty photos for a Save-The-Date announcement, update your headshot, or for a new Facebook profile photo. I use this opportunity to build a connection with my couples; I have the chance to get to know them, learn about their relationship, and observe how they interact with one another. This 90 minute session is a time for my couples learn about me as well. By choosing to have an engagement session they have the opportunity to get a feel for what it will be like on their wedding day, a “preview” so to speak. This will give them a chance to see how I direct my couples so that their portraits don’t feel awkward or forced, become acclimated in front of the camera, and create a friendship.
To keep engagement sessions as comfortable, relaxed, and fun as possible, I bring a limited amount of gear with me. Below I have listed out exactly what I bring with me to each engagement session. My goal is for couples to have a memorable experience and I believe that is best done by creating an environment that will make them feel like they are exploring and enjoying the day with an old friend.
Cameras and Memory Cards: I never leave home without a backup camera body. I cannot stress enough how important it is to bring a backup camera with you to every single shoot. Starting with the Canon Mark 3 I’ve had the luxury of shooting on dual memory cards. I primarily shoot on a Canon Mark 4 with two Canon Mark 3s for backup. Having dual card slots allows me to record every image that I take immediately on to two separate memory cards in full RAW. From the second I finish my session and get into my car, I separate the cards. One case goes into my camera bag and the other goes into my purse and doesn’t leave my side until I get home and download the images onto my computer and backup drives.
Canon 50mm f/1.2L
This lens is one of my favorites because it is the most versatile. You can use it for close up or wide portraits, landscapes, details, and the list goes on…
Canon 35mm f/1.4L
This lens is an auto focus master and is best used for establishing shots or wide shots of the couple to show their environment.
It is rare for it to rain on an engagement session, but rain or shine, I will bring a Canon flash with me in case there is an opportunity to play with the light as you see below.
Canon 85mm f/1.8
My all time favorite lens! The bokeh drifts off beautifully and never fails when taking portraits. This tool has allowed me to bring to life the images that I had always imagined. You will never find me at a photo shoot or wedding without this lens in my bag. If you are new to photography or have never tried this lens, I highly recommend that you do!
Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro
It is rare that I use this lens for anything, but ring shots. Macro lenses are designed for shooting up close and personal or very small subjects.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me! Katrina@KatrinaJayne.com
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