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This fun young couple was my last engagement photo shot for the weekend. I knew as soon as I sat down with them to discuss their wedding photography that Alex and Megan were going to be great to work with.

For their engagement photos we met at Stephen’s Lake Park. I had been a little worried about the weather coming into the weekend. It was rainy and gross right up until Saturday morning.

That is probably the hardest part of being a professional photographer. When you’re working outdoors, you obviously are shooting at nature’s whim.

Rain isn’t the only factor a photographer has to consider, bright cloudless skies are just as troublesome.

If you’re a photographer or just looking for one, the photos will be exponentially better if the light is well controlled.

Sometimes you want the background to add color or an interesting pattern.

The point is, knowing when, where and how to make those lighting decisions happen is one of the biggest factors in making your photographs stand above the rest. The second is obviously having a great subject. Alex and Megan were wonderful to work with.

There were a lot of engagement sessions this weekend, more than you are all used to seeing from me at once. As a result I kind of feel like I’m repeating myself when I say that “I loved working with this couple.” This may sound like an odd thing to say but I am just as selective about what couples I work with as engaged couples should be about choosing their wedding photographer.

If you don’t click with your photographer, or I don’t click with my client…well, you can’t expect the best work possible.

So when I say “I loved working with this couple,” it’s because I wouldn’t have let them hire me if I didn’t think we were going to love working with each other.

Sorry for getting sidetracked here, but that relationship between my clients and I (be it wedding, or commercial photography) is extremely important to me. I don’t think I’ve ever addressed that here on this site.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.