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Tips For Your Couples Session

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You’ve booked your couples session! I know this can be scary for some. I totally get it! I don’t love being the subject either. But we’re doing this whether you like it or not, we want to make sure we have the best couples session, and the images reflect the two of you. So, lets go through a few tips to help you through it.

DON'T HOLD BACK
I want you to be you! This may seem obvious, but sometimes it’s tough to really commit to it. You get to set the tone and mood of the shoot, keep in mind its not what you think a session should look like. Are you both silly? Or are you introverted? I want to capture all those little moments you might otherwise consider the “outtakes”. Don’t act like you think you should, we want to capture you as you are. The truest emotion is in the outtakes!

DRESS LIKE YOURSELF
One of the most asked questions is “what do I wear?” My answer is always to dress comfortably, don’t feel like you need to “dress up”  we tend to feel most comfortable being ourselves when the dressed comfortably. If you are feeling fancy, go for it! If you want to be relaxed in jeans - that works too!

PICK AN ENVIRONMENT THAT REFLECTS YOU
Remember these photos are about you as a couple, the backdrop is just that - background. So pick places that make you feel at ease. The setting, location, and weather will affect your mood, and the mood of the photos. We want to make sure you’re surrounded by what you love, whether that be your own home, your favourite bar or cafe, a park, a mountain, or just exploring a location you’ve seen me shoot at and it really spoke to you.

EMBRACE THE SPONTANEOUS ELEMENTS
We want you to embrace the natural elements, the wind, the sun, cloudy skies, bright sun, muddy trails, curious tourists, or your very happy dog!  We’ll keep shooting through it all and have fun! If we have to primp too much between shots, the vibe might be lost so let's keep it natural and honest and go for it!

LEAVE THE EXTRA STUFF AT HOME
Try to leave extra bags, purses, and props at home. It's your love I want to capture, the less you need to think about, the less you are distracted you are.

Every couple is very different, and I want to capture those quirks that make you who you are as a couple. Please tell me what is most meaningful to you, feel free to share your anxieties so we can work around them and make sure you are comfortable. If you keep these tips in mind, we’ll make something great!

Please enjoy some pictures from a recent couples session I did with Georgie and Daniel.


Picture Perfect Practice | Meghann Maguire Photography

Well I'm back with picture perfect practice. I only just made it. Thanks to Jade for the accountability! While shooting this month I find that I naturally shoot with a lot of negative space and don't look out for different ways to put balance into my images. I think thats whats really great about doing little projects like this, it gets you thinking and trying other compositions while shooting. I get so stuck in doing the same things.

Jade my partner in crime has a wonderful blog post here explaining what we were doing this month.

The kids were trying on their costumes for book week when I noticed the cool shadow in the back ground. I played around so I good a nice balance. Balancing with the shadow.

The kids were trying on their costumes for book week when I noticed the cool shadow in the back ground. I played around so I good a nice balance. Balancing with the shadow.

Balancing with shadows. I think the top one works better.

Balancing with shadows. I think the top one works better.

Here is a good example of moving yourself just slightly to get more of a balance. There's no real balance going on in this picture. Take a look at the next image.

Here is a good example of moving yourself just slightly to get more of a balance. There's no real balance going on in this picture. Take a look at the next image.

Just by moving myself to the left, I was able to get a balance with the mushrooms and from the top and bottom edges.

Just by moving myself to the left, I was able to get a balance with the mushrooms and from the top and bottom edges.

With this image of a couples session I did, I balanced them with the trees.

With this image of a couples session I did, I balanced them with the trees.

This was such a cute moment, my husband showing the kids how we used to record music. I was trying to balance with the two tapes in the same thirds.

This was such a cute moment, my husband showing the kids how we used to record music. I was trying to balance with the two tapes in the same thirds.

Balancing with the same distance around all the edges.

Balancing with the same distance around all the edges.

Clutching at straws here. balance with the bushes.

Clutching at straws here. balance with the bushes.

Remember to go see what Jade has done this month.

A teenage dream - Launceston photographer


Imagine documenting your teenage daughter in a way that takes a glimps at her blossoming into adult life. Do you find yourself trying to hold onto these last few moments of her being at home before she ventures out into the world?

I would love to have some pictures of myself when I was a young teen.  To have details of what it was like to be a young me hanging out in my room with my hyper colour top rockin’ my bad boy sunnies, listing to the radio and pressing record on the tape player to catch my favourite songs. Man, the world has changed so much since I was a teenager...

More then likely, it‘ll be the same for your children - they are going to wish they had a photographic time capsule of their younger years. Wouldn’t it be so cool to show your children when they’re older how much has changed, how much they’ve changed? How funny will it be checking out how cool they thought they were back then. When I look at pictures of my parents in the 60s, not only does it make me laugh, but it makes me want to be in that era and gives me a connection with them even though I wasn’t there.

When I started documenting Rachel and looking through these photos, I knew this series of photos and the ones I did while prepping (sewing her dress) would be something she would always be able to look back on and feel a sense of great pride and accomplishment regarding her achievements as a young fashion designer.  

At the moment Rachel’s mum has the album from this documentary session and she loves it. Later down the track she will pass it on to Rachel.

These are the pictures from behind the scenes at the teenage fashion awards in Melbourne.

You can find the pictures to her sewing and prepping here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
             


Find out how to have a relaxing photo session with an active toddler - Launceston family photographer

A group of friends bought this little boy a gift certificate for his first birthday. What a fabulous meaningful keepsake.

When Jess contacted me I was in the middle of changing my business to specialise in documentary photography only. I gave her the option of designing a traditional portrait session or to go with my new direction of have a story telling session? To my excitement she opted for a story telling session.

She was pregnant at the time and decided to wait for bub to arrive.

The day finally arrived. boy was Thomas a little cutie! I spent three hours following him around, doing his favourite daily activities. There was no stress or frustration from anyone trying o get him to sit still and look at the camera. He called the shots, But I still got some beautiful portraits that represent him and his family at this very moment in their lives.

This is what Jess said when I asked her to write a little testimonial about her experience having a documentary session. "I recently had a documentary style photo shoot with Meghann, she came to our house and spent some time just taking photos of our day to day life. It was very relaxed and natural, perfect for small children who do not "cooperate" for posed photos. I cannot express how much I love the book of photos I received today, she has managed to capture our normal life and make it look so special and beautiful. Something to treasure forever. The presentation and also the inclusion of a USB with all the photos on it is exceptional. Thank you Meghann!"

When I thanked her again later, She said it made her teary just thinking about the album and she meant every word. This just made my heart sing with happiness!!! This is what I want. I want you to drag out that box of tissues and remember and see how beautiful your life is just the way it is.

Here are just a few to show you. Enjoy.