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‘Tis the season for family and holiday cheer! What better way to celebrate the holidays then getting engaged!? Yay, he proposed! The ring is puuuuuuuuuurfect!
You’re off to get a mani because you’re going to be flashin’ that bling to all your besties. Once the dust settles from all of the new and exciting-ness of being engaged, and you’ve decided on a date for the BIG day, AND then you’ve picked your photographer, you will soon be scheduling you’re engagement session.
But, oh no, what do I wear? Are my fiancé and I supposed to coordinate? What about the hair situation? Don’t we look like goobers kissing? Ahhhhhh!
Ok, first of all, let me just preface this post by saying, “Relax, I LOVE engagement shoots, and you should too!” Here’s why. I love the casual feel of them, and the honest-to-God love that y’all have for each other in them. I’m very sentimental when it comes to couples getting married. Ah, just so cute! The kisses and love are still fresh with the “we just got engaged” hoorays. The wedding plans aren’t stressful yet, and your joining families haven’t decided they hate each other…at this point. Life is gooooooood, and all of that goodness shows through your pictures. Also, the engagement session is like the guinea pig session before the big day. You do NOT want the first time your photographer meets you to be on the day of your wedding. I mean, do what you gotta do, but that is definitely not ideal. The awkwardness shows through the pictures, and even having one little session or a nice chat with each other before hand helps ease that tension.
If you are super nervous for your engagement session, I’m just going to give you some tips on what to wear and how an engagement session with us typically goes.
First of all. If we schedule the engagement shoot over email and the first time we meet is for the actual shoot, I will probably ask you some questions on the style you are interested in. I am not one of those photographers who gets really offended when you show them pictures someone else has taken that you really like. There are definitely different styles of photography. Yen Studios does all different kinds, so if you have particular tastes, you should voice these so we know what to expect from you and vice versa. Of course, that being said, if you like a style that you see zero examples of on our website, you probably shouldn’t hire us (And that goes for any other photographer you’re looking at). We may not be a good fit for what you are looking for.
For the session, if you have an idea for a pose, show us! We won’t copy it, but we will definitely create our own version of it that communicates the same thing. People, Pinterest was created for a reason! Use it. Oh, and you also will want to think about your save the dates. Are you going to use a picture from this session? Do you know the layout and design? Not a huge deal, but it’s something to think about and let us know IF you know.
When you arrive, if we are shooting at and around the studio area, we will spend about 10 minutes or so just chilling – chatting about wedding plans, outfit choices, ideas for poses, ideal locations, etc. Maybe even time for a beer. This helps loosen you up. Everyone is really nervous at first, but the engagement shoot is about having a good time!
We will shoot at a couple of locations that we previously discussed, and then I recommend a clothes change. I would recommend doing two different types of outfits, like one pretty casual and the other fancy or snappy casual. Or one southern, and the other glitzy. One that is completely your personality to a T, and the other is something fun or random or your personality dressed up! Haha
This topic leads me into the what to wear section. Bring as many outfits as you want to. Literally, we have a clothes rack! You can hang everything up, we can look through it, and then make a decision. Pick out your outfits the night before, or give yourself some time to find the perfect “we’re engaged” outfit. Don’t leave it till the last minute when you’re all busy and stressed with x, y, and z stuff that keeps randomly popping up. And this means for the guys too, ladies. They will leave this till you are walking out the door, “Uh, what did you want me to wear again, hun?”
1. Something you’re comfortable in. If it’s tight, and you feel like it’s not highlighting the best areas of your body and you have to suck in when I take the pictures, don’t wear it. Give yourself the freedom to move and laugh and not constantly worrying about the weight you haven’t lost yet. Also, if there’s something you hate showing, then cover it up! ie. “Ew, I don’t like my arms.” Wear a sweater!!
2. No bras showing! This is a pet peeve of mine, and you’ll be bummed when you see the pictures too. The first thing you look at is your face, the second thing, you will zero in on your bra strap. It’s not exact science, but close…So bring a strapless or test out the bra you plan to use before hand. Make sure a strap doesn’t randomly pop out all the time.
3. Make-up touch ups. I will make you kiss each other…often! Your lipstick will come off. 🙂 Bring some extra for touch ups.
I know this may make you feel uncomfortable to be kissing each other a lot in (a) public (b) in front of me. Obviously I want you guys to be comfortable, but do you really want to be worried about what everyone thinks on your wedding day? That is your day! And you shouldn’t be embarrassed to kiss your new spouse. If you get in the habit of kissing each other in front of a camera now, just think of how happy and kissy-filled your wedding pictures will look. Better to practice now, and be ready on the wedding day than to be all shy and awkward on the day that counts. It also helps to practice kissing each other the day before and take a selfie of it so you know where to position your head. It sounds stupid, but you don’t get a theatrical and photogenic kiss by luck. 😉
4. Semi coordination with the outfits. In my opinion, you can coordinate with each other, but not too much. That looks gooberish. What I mean by that is you can both wear spring colors or whatever season. The man should probably wear like a polo or nice button-up with shorts or khakis or jeans. It’s obviously very “whatever” for them. Girls, y’all can wear skirts, dresses, rompers, shorts, jeans…whatever you want. Colors can semi coordinate, as in don’t clash. For a more extensive What to wear, feel free to reference my guide here.
5. Bring props if you feel like it! Again, I’m not one of those photographers who thinks it’s silly to bring props. Especially if it’s for the save the date, or whatever else. You bring it, we will incorporate it. Plus props are great to include in the ring shot photos.
6. Shoes. Yes your shoes will be in the picture. Bring the ones that are cute and stylish, yet semi comfortable because we will be walking around a bit moving locations. And bring a few pairs just to be safe. It may require some additional shopping.
7. Clean your bling. Clean the ring before the shoot if you can find time to do it. It really makes it pop in the couples shots, and it does wonders for the ring shot as well!
Here’s a bonus trick!
8. If it’s cold or chilly outside, bring nicer outerwear (pea coats and scarfs). It makes for better outdoor pictures that can be classy! If it’s raining, you can bring a swanky umbrella or rainboots…
Ok, did I miss anything?? If so, let me know.
I hope this helps in your engagement session frenzy!! Remember to keep Yen Studios in mind for your big day! 😀
It’s that time of the year…AGAIN. Thanksgiving marks the official start to the holiday season. Time moves so quickly, and we get caught up in the daily routine of the grit and grind. So, as we celebrate Thanksgiving this year with our friends and family, really take time to stop and smell the roses. Recognize what you are grateful for and make it a point to verbalize your gratefulness. You’re loved ones will appreciate it, and the holiday season will go so much smoother.
I made a small list of things I am grateful for. What are you grateful for?
1. I’m grateful that we live in the south, and this is not our everyday weather.
2. I’m grateful I have an awesome husband and family who loves me.
3. I’m grateful I live in America. I have traveled to several countries, and I always love coming home to the States! And I’m not embarrassed to admit that. 🙂
4. I’m grateful that I have the flexibility in my business to make something beautiful and important for all different kinds of families and businesses – big, small, for, and not-for profit. For pictures of our portfolio, stay tuned! Our brand spanking new website is ALMOST DONE!! But in the meantime, here’s just a couple of shots. 😀
5. I’m grateful I get to work with my goofy dad.
So I ask you again. What are you grateful for? Have an awesome Thanksgiving this week, and I’ll meet ya back here next week. And eat some pie, damn it.
Yay, so you just landed your first big time gig shooting for xyz editorial/magazine! Congratulations! You worry, “Omg, what do I wear, bring, do, say? How should I act and pose?” Ok, these are all valid questions. I am going to answer all of them, PLUS SOME! Woohoo, right?
First off, what makes us credible? We shoot a lot of models. We help out small, local businesses showing off their clothes. We also shoot for BIG corporations who sometimes need models to show off their products. We shoot for Click Magazine. Used to shoot for 4Memphis Magazine. And we are constantly building a portfolio of fashion/editorial work. And, albeit biased, we shoot the best fashion/editorial in town. I wanted to create this post because 1. many have asked me to, and 2. there are little things here and there that are downright frustrating things some models do that drive photographers crazy!! So here we go.
First impressions. What if we saw your portfolio, thought it was good and are giving you a try, but we have no previous experience working with you? Here’s a few quick tips.
Honesty! This is Rup’s pet peeve. You better look like your description/portfolio. Be HONEST! If you say you are 5’10 110lbs, you enter the room and we see you are shorter than me and the same size (I’m 5’10…and not 110lbs), we are going to be ticked. We might even send you home, depending on how big of a lie it is. It’s ok to not be 5’10. A lot of our models range from 5’8-5’11. Perfect example, for the October fashion spread, the model was 5’3!! And if we don’t know your ACTUAL size because you’ve lied about it, the stylist pulls the wrong size clothes and nothing fits…aka more retouching for us. So just be honest with us because if you’ve ever met Rupert, he will be brutally honest with you. We are a no bull, no sugarcoating kinda team.
Nails! This is my pet peeve. Your nails should be REASONABLE. As in, I should look at the pictures and NOT notice them. No nail polish, unless it’s nude. And not too long. It’s not good for you and more retouching for us. Or it just ruins the mood. Like what if we are shooting for a senior care center or something, and you’re a nurse, and you’re nails are ridiculously long…? You have to fit the scene. Be versatile. That’s the job of a model and an actor/actress for that matter. So cut them!
Hair. No funky hair color, unless you were hired for funky hair color, or grunge attitude or whatever. No extensions. One girl came in with this really long weave. The hairstylist took it all out! We were 2 hours behind for the shoot, and well – that kinda sucks because time is money.
Tattoos. Be aware of your tattoos. Some photogs want that look. Others don’t. If you know that in this particular pose that your tattoo will be showing, and it’s large (as in bigger than a tennis ball in diameter) find a different pose or ask the photographer what he/she wants to do. Tattoos take time to retouch to make it look like it’s supposed to. And by being aware of it, it shows the photog that you care about the post work they will have to do to remove it. We thank you for that.
So those are quick tips. Now for the questions.
1. What do you wear? Unless the modeling agency, photographer, or art director states otherwise, it doesn’t matter. Honestly. Wear sweats for all we care. You will be put in clothes to model. Ahhh, makes sense, right? Do NOT wear make-up (unless asked). No perfume – we don’t want to the clothes to smell when we return them to the store. Also, this sounds weird, but do not wear tight socks or any other pieces of clothing that will leave marks on your body, like lines from tight pants or whatever. I don’t want to retouch the lines after we shoot. I would rather them just not be there in the first place. You should be a blank canvas for hair and make-up and showing off the clothes.
2. What do I bring? Just because you sometimes need it, please bring nude and black pumps and flip flops or shoes to slide on or off. That is for you to wear when you are modeling designer shoes so you can slide on and off getting to and from the shooting spot. We do not want to scuff up the shoes. Also, bring a nude strapless bra.
3. What do you do, how do you act/pose? Really, just do whatever they tell you to do. No need to help carry or move things, unless asked. When stopping for lunch, change back into your clothes so you do not get food on the designer clothes. Practice your poses the night before, so you look prepared. Get rest so there are no baggies under your eyes. And also, this is important…after the photographer takes the picture, move! Do not just sit there and wait for him to take 10 shots of you doing the same pose! Make small, subtle, and noticeable movements after each click. If he/she wants you to go back to a pose before, they will tell you. **Here are some general guidelines, but we have SEEN THEM ALL, which is sad, but true. Do not be LATE! Do not STEAL. Do not do drugs before a shoot for obvious reasons. (That sounds stupid, but it has happened!!) Also, be NICE to your photographer because he/she has the final control on how you look!! Karma…
4. What do you say? Have a personality. Don’t be shy, but don’t be super loud and opinionated either. And if the photog/make-up artist/hairstylist are happy with what they created, but you don’t like it – DO NOT TELL THEM. You are not being hired to give your opinion; you are being hired because everyone thought YOU were the best fit for the look and style and design they were going for! I know this stinks. I would be the worst model ever because I have an opinion on everything! But I recognize that, so I don’t try to be a model.
Ok, so here was just a short list of what photographers REALLY want from their models! I wish you all the best of luck! And hey, if you are trying to get your name out there, apply to modeling agencies, ask to be critiqued, etc.
Also, check out our Facebook page later today for a Christmas special!! Facebook.com/yenstudios
So the November issue of Click Magazine has just come out, and we are so excited to show you what we came up with. We had a Thanksgiving-focused spread where we featured the AMAZING food from Felicia Suzanne Restaurant! And then we also had a fashion spread featuring transitional fall clothes on the beautiful grounds of Annesdale Mansion. Ahh, love it! Of course, we had our amazing team helping with the shoot. Jennifer and Maggie directing from Click Magazine, Alex styling and doing make-up from City Chic Living, and Marcie hair styling with Revolution Salon.
Felicia was featured on the cover! Her interview was excellent! Imagine chilling at home with Felicia. You see her amazing dishes cooked in her very own kitchen, just shootin’ the bull and learning more about her and her food inspiration. That pie was OMG to die for (and it’s served at her restaurant, peeps, just sayin’).
Here were a few food shots. Food photography is a relatively new thing for us, so I am really happy with how these came out. We shot the food shots with the Sinar, a medium format camera.
And then our fashion spread has an outdoor tea party feel mixed with a vintage travel themed-vibe to it. Check it out, starting with the Table of contents. The girl opening the screen door happens to be my dad’s favorite. He just likes the feel. What do you guys think?
Anyways folks. That was our November Click Magazine! Hope you liked it, and I’ll catch ya later!
Hint, there may or may not be a Christmas special coming up…
What’s the awesome-est Halloween party you’ve ever been to in your life? Let me guess, a wedding reception is not your first response? Well, that’s probably because you’ve never been to an awesome Halloween-themed reception! I’m here to tell you all about Morgan and Brendan’s big day. The wedding was normal, but the they went ALL OUT for the party. Decorations everywhere, the venue covered in spider webs. All of the food had spooky names and descriptions. Everyone was in costume.
Get this, even the save-the-dates, were severed plaster fingers with ribbons tied around them. (tie a knot around your finger so you don’t forget…get it? Except in a really morbid way).
The reception was at 409 S. Main in downtown Memphis. The venue was perfect for the reception setup, which was complete with a live band; flowing drinks; food that consisted of Gus’s fried chicken and some ribs (aka. smoked body parts); a “Trick or Treat” station; an awesome photo booth; and even A PALM READER!
Here is the Trick or Treat candy station as favors!
Of course everyone was dressed up in their Halloween attire, including the photographers/videographers and the band.The bride and her bridesmaids were flappers and the groom and his groomsmen were zombie gangsters. FOB and MOB (father and mother of the bride) were Batman villains, Poison Ivy and the Joker.
Below was the FOB and the bride posing together at the photo booth.
Quick tip: Next time you do a photo booth, try to incorporate your date or the event as a prop. 10/29/11 🙂
Below are just a few other hilarious photo booth pictures. Imagine the possibilities!
Your pictures would be fun and memorable. Like your first dance staring into your new spouse’s zombie eyes!
Or like your father-daughter dance goofy and happy, maybe a little spooky. Kinda like real life, right?
Don’t get me wrong. A Halloween-themed reception is NOT for everyone. But if you’re all about the party and dressing up for Halloween is a BIG tradition in your family…you won’t regret all the fun you can have with decorations, costumes, food, music…and so much more! Cough cough, this zombie cake topper for example.
Imagine not having to play by the wedding rules…better yet – creating your own rules! A reception like this can work for you! Just have fun and make some memories.
So Monday is long gone. Not gonna come back for another 6 days…Tuesday work day is done. That’s all that matters, right? What does that mean? Tomorrow is….HUMP DAY! (Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike – Guess what day it is??? LOL Anyone, anyone…?? Ok, I’ll just go back to my little corner over here.)
Anyways, when I was living in Paris, I called these very special days “Hump Day Pub Day!” which is day for celebration, if you will.
It’s halfway through the work week, and just two more days to Friday. (That’s when we at Yen Studios JAM to Rebecca Black’s “Friday” song). BUT before you start pubbin’ it up in your cubicle, you should channel your inner zen to wait for that 5 o’clock happy hour.
What’s that you say? You don’t know how to channel zen anything?? Well, my friend, I can help you here. I have some very legit pictures of some legit yoga teachers showing their skills. Not models; all of this is real! (Big shoutout to the Memphis Hot Yoga Plus and their AMAZING teachers.) So, let’s walk through these poses together.
Ok, Kathleen here is laying on a ball. Duh. Now, this is my kinda yoga. Laying on a ball and working out kinks and knots. 🙂
This one is a bit more intense. I’m not exactly sure how her hands get there without her arms detaching from her shoulder sockets. Personal opinion, moving on.
Ahh, Jamie here is in warrior 2. A fierce pose and a classic! Yeah, I can be fierce.
This one is a bit more difficult. Camel pose. If you start feeling nauseous here, that’s perfectly normal. SAID NO ONE EVER. Unless you’re a yoga teacher, and then you say it every time you make your students do camel pose.
Look here. Andy is doing a nice triangle pose. Great stretch. And he’s smiling, so he must enjoy it. 🙂
And now he seems to be doing crow pose. Gotta love those arm balances. Of course in Andy’s words, “The advanced variation here is to SMILE”…while you are balancing your entire body weight on your elbows. Yeah Andy, I’ll get right on that.
Michele is doing the good ol’ Eagle pose. The last part of the warm-up series for Hot26 or Bikram practice. Great all around stretch for the arms and legs. Sometimes my foot gets a little crampy wrapping around the calf, but ya know, I muscle through.
I think this one is called the flying lizard. It’s very simple, you see. You just balance on your hands while your arms are bent at a perfect 90 degree angle while your legs are in splitzies, and one leg is balanced on your elbow. WTF???? I’m just gonna take a little water break and uhhh go back to the HUMP Day PUB day idea. I think that provides plenty of zen! And ya know, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. 😉
-namaste peeps-till next week.
So today has totally come and gone waaaaaaaay too fast. I know I’m supposed to be talking about the joys of being a photographer, showing you super cute couples giving each other kissies, or maybe providing you with helpful tips on how to set this shoot up and how to light that product. But today, well today I’m gonna just postpone that whole business till next week. Because ya know what? I can. I am a small business owner, and a woman at that! Hear me roar! And my photography juices were juicing, and I was shooting instead of blogging. For shammmme, you all say…eh I can take it.
Here’s some random pictures I have compiled. Let’s call them something creative. How about the Happy Tuesday pictures and call it a day?! A good ol’ end to the day. I hope your Tuesday was happy, your creative juices were flowing, and you got the chance to tell the Man to back off when you didn’t feel like doing your weekly blog. (Of course, take no notice to the fact that I actually did do my blog – it’s just random, and I am the figurative “Man” in this instance because I answer to myself….whatever, no need to get technical).
You picking up on the captions yet?? No? What’s wrong with you?
<– Hey look – that’s me!
Another happy couple jumping and what not.
Don’t these pictures scream Happy Tuesday? No? Well maybe you’re already asleep. Till next week, peeps. Stay tuned for those super jazzy photography related posts. One day, they will come.
My dad, Rupert, and I had the great pleasure of photographing Joyce and Rob’s wedding last month.They were married at a gorgeous home called Loxley Hall in Southwind with a very intimate ceremony and reception following. The food was on point, and the decorations were adorable! Pinterest was definitely involved! lol You could honestly see the care, thought, and preparation that was put into their plans. Joyce and Rob were so sweet, easy going, and up for anything!! And their families were so supportive of the two of them as a couple, which I think you can really tell through the pictures.
So here we go…
Getting ready and Detail shots
Her awesome daughter, Sara, was helping her get ready. So sweet.
Mother-Daughter shot 🙂
Below is Joyce’s son, Owen! He walked her down the aisle and was soooooo happy for his mom! ❤
Joyce got a letter from Rob right before the wedding.
Sara was great support while I was tearing up behind the camera…
Gotta get that #selfie
So, there you have it. Mark down Sept. 20th in the books as the day Joyce and Rob tied the knot!
Dear Joyce and Rob – Rup and I want to wish you all the love and happiness in the world! You make a beautiful couple! And here is a big ol’ CONGRATULATIONS from Yen Studios! 😀
Ok, it happens! He finally pops the question! You open the box, and the ring is GORGEOUS!! You’re so flippin’ excited, you can’t even contain your joy. You post your #isaidyes ring #selfie you’ve taken on your camera phone…X-pro II to show off the tan or maybe Mayfair, which gives the ring a nice highlight. Ahhh, you finally decide which is more important (no judgement here). Your armed with your shakey-handed selfie, and think “life cannot get any better than in it is in this moment.” And you know what??
I agree with you!!
Getting engaged was absolutely the happiest time of my life. And I looked forward to the wedding planning, heck – even the “rest of my life” planning.
There is so much to look forward to in wedding planning. Where is it going to be? What are the perfect colors? Date?? The weather must correspond with our personalities and the optimal flower selection, which all has to coordinate! Do NOT even get me started on the dress.
So where does the ring fit in this equation?
You take the one picture with your camera phone, and all of a sudden, the outward symbol of your engagement is put on the back burner. You get busy, and the ring loses it’s newness feeling.
So what if you tell your photographer that you want some ring pictures when you schedule your engagement session? What would that look like?
Your fiancé picked out your ring based on your personality. And your ring bling pictures should represent that too!
Are you a partier? Or just love “fabulous” shiny things? What if you’re more of a subtle country girl? Or even an artist? And etc. Can you see it? The personality of the girls reflected through the pictures? That is what a true ring #selfie should look like – your personality carefully depicted through photography to connect your ring to your life. Your wedding. Your new family unit.
How would you want YOUR ring shown to the world?