There's no getting around it, stepping in front of a big DSLR is an intimidating act. From what I've read, even professional models are generally uncomfortable during the early stages of a photo shoot and only start getting in "the zone" after several minutes of awkward posing and interaction with the photographer. So I was not surprised when I first met up with Alison and Nick and one of the first things they brought up was their concern about being in front of a camera. They told me that they are not photogenic and as a result don't have a lot of pictures of the two of them together. I assured them that they were not alone in this and that virtually everyone feels the same way (the saying "what do I do with my hands?" comes to mind). But I believe that with a bit of time to work through the nerves and a some direction here and there ( do "x, y, or z with your hands") everyone can take good photographs, and Alison and Nick certainly were no exception!
I think that is one of the main reasons why it is important to schedule an engagement session. Not only does the couple get some great shots to share with their families and friends, but more importantly, they leave with a solid understanding of what it's like to be in front of the camera while getting to know how their photographer works. This in turn leads to a smoother shoot during the wedding which results in more quality photos from the big day.
But I've gone on for too long now. Without further ado, I present to you Alison and Nick. It was a pleasure getting to know these two and I'm very excited to be a part of their wedding next summer!