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Heather & Anthony | Okinawa, Japan Adventurous Couples Session

I’ve been SO dang excited to share this super fun session with Heather & Anthony, we seriously had the most fun-filled day! They even brought along their precious pup Willow, (I mean LOOK AT HER 😍!)

At first, Willow was super shy and took a hot minute to warm up to Clay and I! I kid you not, when we first started taking pictures, she would literally pick up her front paw and turn around ever so slowly, trying to avoid the camera and escape the situation. 😭😂

Then we got smart and realized she liked movement and playing around, so I had Heather & Anthony run with her, and at the end of the path, I had Clayton staged to feed her treats. She quickly grew to love us after that. 😂

As we were shooting by the ocean and she was playing with the ball Clay was throwing, she escaped the leash and Anthony had to chase her down to get her back. 😂 (Oh yeah, the images are in here – I couldn’t NOT share all these funny parts. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

Willow was seriously such a diva the entire shoot, and she made me laugh more times than I can even count!

Once Willow had established trust in Clay, I was able to let him take her off and play with her while I got some shots of Heather & Anthony. After the first prompt, Heather stumped her toe SO HARD on a rock it started bleeding profusely and I was like “oh gosh, what have I done. 😂) Anthony went and got her a first aid kit, and she was such a trooper and kept on having a blast the entire time! We got the best images, but most importantly, had the BEST time.

After I delivered their gallery, I received this super sweet message that rendered me speechless:

“Well, that was such a great surprise to wake up to this morning. Beyond grateful for you and your talent. Thank you. Somehow you made me fall in love with my husband and puppy all over again! On a side note, I’m going to need you to come back and do my hair and makeup at least once a month, to remind me that there is more to life than my lazy messy bun and a little chapstick. I felt so beautiful, thank you for that.” 

My ultimate goal is for my couples to leave their sessions MORE in love with each other than when they arrived. So reading that from Heather made my day. 🙌🏼

This shoot was honestly just such a blast and I need a billion more like it in my life. I am so, so grateful for couples like this, you guys truly keep me fired up to spread beautiful images and experiences across the world. 😭🖤

 

Wanna book a session (and bring your pet?)

I’m down. Let’s do it. 😎👇🏼


 

 

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How To Get Candid Reactions During Your Couples Photo Sessions

I’ve gotten at least seven messages in the last two days on how I get such candid couples photos. I mean, that’s huge right? I feel like it’s the most commonly asked question in photography FB groups, (aside from how much to charge.) Lol!

But the truth is, I didn’t always take photos like this.

I used to pose my couples stiffly, (which hey, there can still be a time and a place for that,) BUT I realized that the wild, happy, playful, genuine stuff- that’s what matches my personality. That’s who I am.

I’m “unprofessional,” wild, spontaneous, and super in love with love; so my experience with my clients should reflect the same.

I get messages all the time from my clients about how FUN my photoshoots are, how they made them fall more in love with their husband (and even pups,) and how it didn’t even feel like a photoshoot- and that’s just the way it should be.

So, I’m gonna break this process down for you guy; because it’s just that, a process.

 


 

Ever wondered how to get candid reactions during your couples photo sessions? Click here for my best tips on capturing authentic, candid couples photos!

 


See, in order to have a couple that’s engaging with me and giving me the candid reactions I need, they have to be a certain “type” of couple, and in order to get that type of couple, I have to make sure I’m attracting and repelling, and in order to attract and repel – I have to be speaking to my ideal clients in all of my brand messaging.

If those terms I just mentioned are a bit confusing to you, no worries! Here’s a quick run-down of what each one means:

* Ideal client – think of this as your dream client. The client that you’d literally trip if they actually paid you money to do what you love for them. The client that you would clone and only work with them for the rest of your LIFE if you could.

* Attract/repel – this is a term used often in marketing, meaning to attract (bring in) your ideal client, and repel (send off) the ones you don’t want. This helps you to never have another “nightmare” client, again!

* Speaking to your ideal client – once you’ve decided who your ideal client is, you want to speak to them in all your messaging. For instance, my ideal couple clients are adventurous, faith-based couples who love God’s creation, love, and all that life has to offer. They’re optimistic, outgoing, silly, and love to crack each other up. They also love to eat. A lot.

(Basically, my ideal clients would be myself and my hubs LOL, so I make sure to include us, and what we love, on my social accounts and on my website regularly!)

 


So in order for you to get those candid couples photos, it really starts with making sure that fun, easy-going, adventurous, laid-back couple knows they’re your kinda peeps from the get-go.

Those are the type of couples that need to be hiring me, and I make that really obvious. If I didn’t have that part down- I wouldn’t be as likely to get the killer cute reactions I get during my sessions!

So as long as this serves as the basis of your biz, then getting candid couples photos is gonna be a breeze for ya! 😎📸

Now that you’ve gotten the foundation down, here’s the nitty-gritty stuff. My top tips for getting candid couples photos are as follows:

1.  It’s all in the prep

2. Play music

3. Prompt ’em, don’t pose ’em

4. Let loose

5. Watch your words

 


 

Ready to dive in, friend? Let’s do it.

 

1.   It’s all in the prep

You have to do some prep work in order to get those jaw-dropping, candid, authentic reactions. You can’t just assume for your clients to arrive- and you immediately pop a camera in front of them, start snapping, and make magic. That’s not how this works.

Instead, you should be super proactive on making sure they’re ridiculously comfortable before they ever show up to their session. For me, that looks like being really chill and conversational across the board for communication, from my inquiry form on my website to the last email prepping them for their session; and errrrrythang in between.

In short, drop the professionalism.

Message them like you would your best friend, with slang and memes and all dat.

You want to be answering every question they could have (before they can ask it,) and easing all their nerves and insecurities beforehand. Let’s be honest, getting your photos taken period is nerve-wracking. (I know it is for me!) So we’ve got to be overly sensitive to their needs/wants/insecurities so they don’t even have a chance to do any stressin’ or get awkward on you.

Put in the work in the prep, and when they arrive on the day of their session, they’ll be saying, “OMG I feel like we’re best friends already,” before they even get a chance to hug you.  😎

 


2. Play music

I can’t stress the importance of this enough. Music (along with you,) sets the tone for the session; which means you can make it a fun experience, or a tense one. I use Spotify, and have a playlist specifically designed for couples shoots.

If you’re on Spotify, you can totally snag it HERE, and play it at your next sesh! I promise you’ll see a difference immediately in your couples willingness to get a lil’ funky! 💃🏽

I bring along a Bose Mini Soundlink to every session, and its changed the game for me. Basically, if I want my sessions to feel like my couples are in a music video… I’m gonna need music. LOL.

 


3. Prompt ’em, don’t pose ’em

You’ve likely heard of this; giving your couples prompts instead of posing them. It’s not just something people say for fun, this stuff WORKS. There are so many different resources out there for fun prompts you can give your couples, but here’s one my favs- along with the type of images it usually yields!

I usually start out by saying something along the lines of:

“Okay, so we’re gonna do a lil’ role play. (We all laugh because it’s a slightly inappropriate term to use, I totally do that on purpose, LOL.) Then I give them a scenario:

“Okay, so (insert female spouses’ name here) is super drunk… you’re leaving the bar, and trying to corral her in the car. All she can talk about is wanting to keep dancing, and chicken nuggets. So you’re just playing along like “yeah, okay – I promise we’re going to get chicken nuggets right now. Just come with me,” meanwhile she’s literally stumbling everywhere and laughing, and you’re (the male spouse) having to literally support her up 😂

The results…? 🥁 *drum roll*

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And yes, right before/after you give them the prompt, let them know they’re gonna feel ridiculous. Let them know it’s gonna feel awkward as HECK, but to embrace it and trust your vision.

I promise it’s worth it to put yourself on the line to potentially be seen as nuts, in order to get these kinda candid couples photos. 😎📸

 


3. Let loose

If ya didn’t notice with those prompts, I ask quiiiiiite a bit of my couples when they shoot with me. So, that means I have to make sure to be 10x stupider than I’m asking them to be. 😂

I’m not kidding ya’ll. I am SO ridiculous when I’m working with my couples. Like, all over the place crazy and flying around and making them think, “okay this girl is nuts – her work shows she knows what she’s talking about – sooooo we’re just gonna roll with it.” 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

But it just makes sense, doesn’t it?

If you’re asking these wild, funny things of your couples; you can’t say it with a serious face and then just let the awkward silence set in and let them be like, “yeah okay uhhhhh.” 😳

If I need my girl to do a bold, confident walk while holding her man’s hand, I’m boutta act it out like Annie on the plane in that Bridesmaids scene… yeeeeeah you remember… 😂

I could list a billion examples, but just hear me out.  It works, promise. 😉

 


4. Watch your words

I know, I just told ya to let loose and be crazy…

But, when you give your subjects a pose or a prompt, be mindful of how you do it. Try not to say anything like “no, not like that,” because it’ll kill the vibe of the prompt/moment.

Instead, say something like, “omg perfect… wait hang on try this, this may work better”… all while laughing and staying SUPER positive, so you can correct what you need to; but are making it more of your idea to do so, not because of something they did wrong.

I’ve been working with seniors for years, and I remember when I first started shooting them, I had actually said the words “no do this,” (or something like that,) during one of my shoots. As soon as I said that, my senior immediately shut down, and her confidence level was toooootally different than what it had been. She had that wow-factor, feelin’ beautiful vibe going on, and then she lost it as soon as I made that correction. 🙈

So just be mindful of that. Basically, treat your clients as if they could do nothing wrong. Let them know they’re KILLING it at everything you’re telling them to do, (even if you decide you need to go in a new direction with a pose/location/prompt.)

Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be well on your way to killer candid couples photos at your next session. 😎

Got any q’s for me? Drop ’em below, and I’ll be sure to pop in and answer ’em best I can! 🥂

 


If you need help with building, growing, and/or systemizing your photography business, totally reach out and book a free strategy call with me so I can literally help pull the passion out of you. That’s what I do best. 😉 

Ever wondered how to get candid reactions during your couples photo sessions? Click here for my best tips on capturing authentic, candid couples photos!

 


 

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Ever wondered how to get candid reactions during your couples photo sessions? Click here for my best tips on capturing authentic, candid couples photos!

 


Wanna stick around and stay learnin’? I knew I liked ya. 😉

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Whatevs. Pinterest biz sesh, anybody!? 😎🥂

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Natalie + Ryan
Adventerous Okinawa Couples Session

Ya’ll, I’ve been so busy traveling over the last few months that I never got to share Natalie + Ryan’s precious anniversary session here in Okinawa! 😍

We had SO much fun together, (we’ll just ignore the part where I literally shot their session with what felt like the flu – unknowingly. 🙈 #dedicatedtomycraft) – I kid you not, the next morning I woke up and had to postpone my flight to the states because I couldn’t move. 😅LOL.

But, I’m so pumped to share these with you guys!

This is Natalie & Ryan’s story.

 

 

 

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Kersee & Kyle
Adventerous Okinawa Couples Session

Okay, so HOW CUTE are Kersee + Kyle!?!?

Ya’ll… I’ve been dying to share this session for days!

I shot their couple’s session this past weekend here in Okinawa, and we had such a blast! They already had a spot in mind they wanted to shoot at, (turns out a lot of my little adventurous couples tend to!) 😉

After I did Kersee’s makeup, we road-tripped out to this little strip of islands on the east side of Okinawa, and then we trekked a bit through some sketchy jungles, (literally swore I was gonna have an encounter with a snake,) until BAM – we popped out onto the beach and threw a party! 😉

I actually had Clay take a ton of BTS videos of me while shooting this session, and I’ll be working on throwing something together to show you guys what the BTS of a shot looks like on location, vs the finished product! So, be on the lookout for that here real soon! 😉

Friends, this is Kersee + Kyle’s story.