(Closed) DIY e-pics?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I diy-christmas portraits last year. I should have done the e-pics because the pro I hired did a horrible, beyond horrible job.

And, you know what is amazing: i kind of do this for a living but with kids..I take school pictures..so it’s totally different.

I will admit, it’s kind of hard.

Invest in a tripod and a remote trigger because they help a lot. For our christmas portraits I did just poses because it was hard to time it right to get something candid. That is what I wanted for my e-pic: more candid than pose…but it didn’t come out like that and it is one of the reasons why I hired a pro.

Relax and laugh at the goofiness: I got stress out because he wasn’t ready with the timer went off and wasn’t smiling good..or something..and I should have just laughed it off. We did get an amazing shot, but it took forever and I was ready to throw the camera at him!

Research what moments you want to create: it’s hard to come up with poses and that’s coming two people who are very creative and I didn’t think it would be a problem. I thought I could have a few in mind and come up with some in the area…but, I found out my fiance is completely non-helpful. lol.

I would do them outside. You really don’t have to worry about lighting like inside. If you have your own or a working studio: take no mind to this..but I’m approaching this like you don’t have that stuff. I woulld scout out parks because there are so many things you can take pictures with there..swings, slides, lakes, gazebos, flowers, trees, monkey bars, benches, picnic tables..etc..etc.

Bring props: they were fun and that’s the one way I could get my fiance to have fun and get creative with the pictures.

Really anything/everywhere can be used to pose a photo..so keep your eye out for cute places/things to pose on.

I think that’s about all..I’m trying to think of other problems we ran into…hope it helps.

Post # 4
1580 posts
Bumble bee

I sorta DIYed my e-pics. Actually I begged my two sisters to be photographer and stylist for the shoot! They each brought their digital cameras, researched a little bit about the camera settings, and took turns posing and styling us. They we soooo great! We had our pictures taken in a quaint area of town, and I made sure to scope out locations ahead of time. We took a variety of shots in a park, on cobblestone streets, in front of interesting architecture… but you could use even a brick wall. My Fiance and I wore jeans the whole time, but brought 3 different shirts to mix up the shots. I also brought a make-up kit, which I would definitely recommend if you are doing outdoor photos (or even if you just need to reapply lip gloss).

Advice: Definitely spend a lot of time online looking at photography blogs for ideas before you take the pictures. Use a digital camera so you can take as many pictures as you want without wasting film. Have someone there to help you (nothing ruins a picture like a fly-away hair in your face) and to encourage you. We captured a lot of good candid shots and more artistic shots. I wish we had taken time to do some more formal ones. We only got a couple pictures with us both looking good and smiling at the camera. I also wish we had done the photoshoot earlier in the morning when the sun wasn’t so bright (this probably also contributed to why we didn’t get many looking at the camera).

As it turns out, my wedding photography package comes with an engagement session, so I will get the formal shots then, but I am really happy with the DIY e-pics and would definitely recommend it!

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