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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


We did an engagement session at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia a few weeks ago. We are big dog lovers and it seems like we're getting a reputation for that so we get a lot of engagement shoots where couples want to bring their dog.

I'd love any critique anyone would like to give and would love to hear your favorites and least favorites and why. Thanks!

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Aug 18, 2013 at 01:01 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


Really great set here. You captured some great moments.

14 and 17 are my faves.



Aug 18, 2013 at 04:49 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


Nice set, solid exposures.

I think though that you have a noticeable tendency to cut off just a bit of his head 4,12,13,20 that even if deliberate, doesn't work so well for all of them. (IMHO) If deliberate, I prefer to see more cropping so it doesn't look as much like a slip of the framing. Cropping into him so often also makes him seem like he wasn't as consciously considered in the woman centric framing. Of course the woman can often be main subject, but I think here it may be a bit much.

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Aug 18, 2013 at 04:59 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


love 14.
i climb well so i need to try on my next engagement session



Aug 18, 2013 at 05:01 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


Nice set. Looks like that was a fun couple to shoot. I am impressed you climbed a tree to get some shots. That's going all out


Aug 18, 2013 at 06:24 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


That's not just "a college", I love that campus! I think you did a great job over all with the set. I really dig #14 and the idea for doing it. Were you limited to where you could shoot? I ask because if not, you might want to get some shots with some of the school buildings in the background. I'm sure you did and just didn't show them here.

My only questions would be with # 10 and 11. I'm assuming that is a brick column that was blurred out in the foreground. If not and it was an effect that you did, I don't think it works in #11. My 2 cents.

I like the set, good job.

Jason



Aug 19, 2013 at 01:16 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


It's the oldest 4-year academic institution in the U.S... very difficult to get into. If I were to apply there, the Admissions Office would be ROFL.

Great images, particularly #14, as everyone else has mentioned. Good that you brought out the Texas A&M in the rings.

Any unique trick to getting the dog to look into the lens? I've tried a harmonica, which usually works, but maybe there are other tricks which work even better.


jbrandt378 wrote:
That's not just "a college", I love that campus!



StevenMI wrote
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Aug 19, 2013 at 02:21 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


Amazing shots - kudos for the tree climb as well


Aug 19, 2013 at 02:34 AM
 

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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


Sharp, well exposed, and very clean editing. A great set of photos you got here. And I agree 14 really jumped out at me. Awesome idea, and it was well executed.


Aug 19, 2013 at 04:51 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


Very nice set... Everything including composition, color, processing, sharpness and mood is top notch. Congrats! Gig 'em Aggies, whoop


Aug 19, 2013 at 06:22 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


Thanks everyone. Stevez32 I completely agree I cut his head off a lot. It was intentional but I do see that I probably should have cut off more in some cases and probably shouldn't do it so often. Thanks for pointing that out i'm not sure I ever would have noticed!

Jason - No we weren't limited in any way for where we could shoot. Neither of them went to William and Mary and they had actually never been to the campus before. The buildings are very nice but they don't have any personal connection with them so we really didn't use them at all. I agree #11 doesn't work as well as #10. It was the side of a wall and I liked having it in the foreground but i'm not in love with the composition on 11.

Nikon_14 - No real trick for getting the dog to look at the camera. We require that couples that bring a dog bring a friend to the shoot to hold the dog when they don't want him/her in the photos. We usually just have that person jump and wave their arms behind us to get the dogs attention. It also helps being in an area without other distractions. Dogs are actually much easier than babies I think. My wife also happens to be the dog/baby whisperer. I don't think we've ever had a baby or dog that we couldn't get to look and smile at the camera.




Aug 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


My favourite is #14 as well... so Tony H "ish"! I will say for photos like 1 and 3 watch your leading lines. For example, #3, I think they would have looked better further down the brick fence line vs in the middle of it...Also, the last photo looks very awkward to me, I think I would trash it and try and find a better one with the sign.

But overall a great set!!



Aug 19, 2013 at 02:32 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


really nice set! way to make them open up and act naturally, you can tell they really had fun. i love #14!


Aug 19, 2013 at 03:26 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


Gig 'em!

brad



Aug 19, 2013 at 09:34 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Engagement Session on A College Campus (23 images)


I really like it all except for 11 and 12 where the blurred out brick column becomes a distraction
Good work
congrats
whvick



Aug 20, 2013 at 12:47 AM





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