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So you’re engaged! It’s likely that you’re now thinking of an Engagement Session to announce this coming milestone in your lives. Many couples come to me with lots of questions about what to expect during a session. The short answer is that it should be fun, relaxed and a reflection of who you are and what the two of you mean to each other. Other than that, the details are pretty simple and covered well in this great post today on eleGala.

The Six Ws of Your Engagement Photos

As always, I welcome comments and suggestions about sessions and all things wedding and photo related. If you’ve recently had a session or have one coming up, please feel free to share your thoughts/questions in the comments. Happy Wedding!


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I met with a couple recently whose wedding venue requires all vendors working the event to provide insurance coverage. This sounds a bit confusing to most couples, actually most people in general. So I was not surprised by this question.


The truth is that any professional photographer or business owner (wedding or otherwise) should cover their business with the proper insurance. In this case, what the wedding venue is asking for is General Liability Insurance. But why?


Well, let’s say that I trip over my camera bag and break my leg while working. The venue wants to know that I would be covered through the proper insurance. Likewise, let’s say I accidentally brush a table, tipping over a glass of red wine damaging your beautiful and expensive wedding dress. Should the venue be responsible because it happened on their premises? No. What if I break a rare and expensive, antique piece of furniture? Insurance is there to protect all parties involved. The venue is assured that I will be able to replace anything I’ve damaged, including myself. ;)

Any reputable, professional photographer will have this type of coverage. It really only takes a call to my agent to have the proper documents drawn up reflecting additional coverage for the venue under my policy for the day of your event. This should bear no burden on you as a client and remains the responsibility of the vendor and the venue to coordinate the arrangements. In other words, you shouldn’t have to sweat it. What you want to do is know what questions to ask your potential vendors before you render any payments. Because you would not want to book a vendor that is not properly insured only to find out they can’t meet the requirements of your venue, or your own preferences, for that matter.

For additional protection of your wedding investment, you may want to consider Wedding Insurance, though this is something different from what we’re discussing in this post.


To further answer our groom’s question, I need insurance to safeguard valuable equipment, loss of payment, as well as Errors and Omissions. That last one is the humdinger. Let’s say for instance, that something bad happens and an error leads to lost photos, or that an Act of God impedes me from reaching your event on the big day. Horrible thoughts as they may be, good and proper insurance coverage is the key to peace of mind.


I’ve always offered a money back guarantee to all my couples. Thankfully, I’ve never had to use it, but if I did, and I didn’t have the proper insurance to supply my guarantee, what would happen then? I don’t believe in broken promises. I do believe in the value of keeping my word and providing what I offer, if not more. Insurance is an important element that, among other things, helps me sleep at night with happy wedding thoughts.

Houston Wedding Photographer Mercer Arboretum2 Groom Asks Trish: Why Do You Need Insurance?

I’ve been finding myself more and more in the Teacher’s seat…and I love it. There is always so much one can learn when teaching someone else about what one does/loves. It’s like a reciprocal gift. And in the spirit of sharing, I’m going to start posting the questions that I get from fellow photographers, aspiring ones, or avid hobbyists. Here’s this week’s question to start us off:

  • “What goes through your head when you meet up with a client for a shoot? I’ve asked friends to pose and model for me, and posing and composition hits me like a writer’s block sometimes. I’ll have a few good ideas and then a flat line of thoughts.”

That’s a GREAT question. While I’d love to say that I always have a head full of incredible ideas, the truth is that I can get stumped too. The thing is, you can only pose people so much. And for me, there is a lot to be said about letting a moment happen naturally. I feel very, incredibly blessed to have met some of the country’s best photojournalists and get an insight into their noggins. People like Joe Appel, Candice Cusic, Huy Nguyen and the like. From listening to them, seeing their work, and really absorbing the process of photojournalism, I’ve learned to capture great moments. I’m learning still…and I learn every day.

Most subjects are not professional models. Some are quite shy about being photographed and they need a little direction. Some people may be of the idea that intervening in a moment is like cheating. But in all honesty, I don’t see a problem with helping a moment along in the realm of what I do. Below is a perfect example. Kristi and Jake flat out told me that they felt “out of place”, “weird” and “a little uncomfortable” when we started their shoot. So I helped them get into a comfy pose…and in the words of the great Candice, I set out to “just wait”. I told Jake how to sit and I asked Kristi to lay across his lap. I talked to them from behind my camera and they talked back. They started having their own little conversation while I lay on the grass about 10 feet away…just waiting. I felt the moment coming. I read their body language. I saw them relax. And then…it happened:

HoustonWeddingPhotographerHermanPark Aspiring Photogs Ask Trish: How to Pose

Jake stroked her hair in that loving way, she sensed the stillness of the moment and started to wonder what I was doing, she turned her head towards me…and…BAM! The shot happened. I caught it just as her expression was still wrapped up in the bliss of their moment.

To get to that starting point of knowing how to pose someone, I always have my eyes open. I watch movies…A LOT of movies. I pay attention to how a shot is composed, to the lighting and how it sets a mood. I look at magazines. I look at old picture books. I look…and then look some more. And this is not meant to copy. Instead, in doing so I get a sense of what I like and why I like it. And it becomes part of a subconscious way of seeing. It’s kind of like muscle memory. My brain just keeps it all in there and uses it to assess what is happening in front of me when I’m shooting. Then I read my subject. I get to know them. I make them laugh. They make me laugh. And in those moments, sometimes (when we are lucky) magic happens. That’s my recipe.

What about you? Do you have a different way to approach posing?