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What’s your secret? Sunset Photography Tips! Part II

In the last post we discussed a few photography tips for those picture perfect sunset photos. Whether you are practicing wedding photography, taking family portraits, or learning how to take photos getting the right exposure for your background and lighting your subjects are half of the equation! Here are a few more tips that I’ve found quite helpful on my photography journey.

What's your secret? Sunset Photography Tips! Part II Jolene Kaneshige Photography

Tip 3. Posing. Having achieved great lighting techniques I can now focus on my destination wedding couple, who are the subjects and focal point of my photo. First, I like to thank them for their patience in letting me toggle with camera settings. I find that it’s always helpful to communicate with my couple and tell them what I’m doing (without the technical photography jargon). If they know I have a plan then they are more than willing to wait a few more seconds so that I can get them that awesome shot!

Speaking of plans, I have a set of poses lined up in my head. It took some practice, but after putting some time in, it comes naturally. I spent a lot of time researching poses on pinterest and I still browse pinterest daily to see what fun and interesting poses people come up with.

Tip 4. Engagement. This isn’t the a proposal type of engagement where the groom get’s down on one knee, so don’t get too excited! You can check my other posts for photos of those! This tip talks about the engagement and energy that you get in your photos. As the photographer, I’m always looking to connect with my destination wedding couples through my lens. It’s my job to make sure that they are having a good time. If they are having fun, you will have amazing photos.

Think about it this way, they just got married, they are in high spirits because the stress of the ceremony is done! Naturally, you would think my job is easy… I use to think that a wedding photographer’s job was easy too, then I started learning about everything that goes into being a good photographer, especially in Hawaii where more than half the time I’m fighting with the elements and crazy sunlight. Be warm, friendly, tell appropriate jokes – if/when applicable, and a little silly if that will get the expression for the shot you need. Sometimes you get lucky and have a fun couples as well. It makes days like today seem like a dream come true. My photographer heart is full, I exude all those happy emotions, and it spills over into my photos to create theee perfect shot!

PS. Send me a message if you have any questions.  Have fun and keep shooting!