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When you’re on an engagement shoot you want your images to tell a story. In this shoot we’re building a narrative around a picnic scene that our couple set up. Watch how we build a story around their picnic scene in the video below.

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SHOOTING DETAILS TO START YOUR NARRATIVE

When you’re building a narrative through images, the detail shots are a key component to story telling. I took some shots of Ryan and Jackie setting up, getting nice details of their set and capturing establishing shots. Rather than just shooting images of Jackie and Ryan in the picnic scene, we shoot photos of them setting up, capturing intimate moments of inanimate objects in their romantic picnic.

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LET THE STORY BE NATURAL

Once I set up my couple in the scene and pose them, I give them directions based on their character. Jackie and Ryan like to have fun and be goofy so I give them directions so that viewers can see that in their photographs. I might tell them to take big bites out of the strawberries or make big goofy smiles. The point is to have their personalities show in the photographs and build a natural narrative that their friends and family can agree with.

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