Theres a joke that I share with a few of my running buddies that when we do handstands at the end of the race, we then apologize to the onlookers by saying "I'm sorry we made that look easy."
It's said as a joke because we know the time and effort that went into running the event and then doing a handstand after. Easy might not be the best way to describe what we just accomplished but in all reality, I think that statement has a lot of truth to it. You've all heard the old adage "Practice makes perfect." My daughter's piano teacher use to say "Practice makes easy."
What does this have to do with these engagement pictures of Kayla and Mitchell? We'll when I was about to post these pictures I envisioned them turning and saying to you "Sorry we made this look easy." The reality is that Kayla sat in my living room before the shoot (Mitchell was working) and she warned me that Mitchell is quiet and slightly uncomfortable with this whole process of taking photos. I assured her it was all going to turn out just fine. It got me thinking, how many times have I heard that? Probably 5 out of 10 clients express nervousness before a shoot and I would guess 10 out of 10 feel it. You're uncertain how to stand, where to look and by golly what do I do with these gangly things hanging at the ends of my arms, called hands? It's funny how so self aware we become when we have a camera pointed towards us. Everyone feels this way when getting their picture taken, even photographers!
Well guess what? I'm gonna make it easy, I'm going to walk you through exactly what you'll be doing. I'm going to play games to distract you and make you feel comfortable. We are going to laugh, mostly at me, because I fell over backwards at the last shoot and I'm sure it's not the last time that will happen. You will be directed and prepped and at the end of the session you'll most likely feel like "I was getting that whole posing-for-pictures thing down." You're going to do great.
One thing I do guarantee is when you see your photos, you're going to to turn to your audience and you're going to say "I'm sorry I made that look easy" and this time it's no joke...it will be a true statement.