Awkward portraits are not our thing.
No props, no jumping, nothing forced. We only want to capture you two as you are. So we've put together this guide on what to expect, when to schedule, what to wear, what to do with your hands, and how to work with us to create amazing images together.
The hang-time/shoot is between 1-2 hours long depending on where we go and what the weather decides. We typically start shooting during the final 2-3 hours of the day when the sunlight is at it's prime. Portrait sessions are scheduled on Wednesdays or Thursdays with Chellise and Mike, and M/T/W with Daniel, Falcon, and Sarah.
(our weekends are reserved for weddings, rest, and family time, thank you! )
Weather is a huge factor. We shoot when the weather is nice to us, not mean! If you're hoping for a snowy winter shoot, were going to be real with you here. It's cold, wet, and after 10 minutes, it gets very uncomfortable, fast. Noses start running, cheeks are bright red, eyes are watering, and our cameras start freezing up. So anything below 40 degrees, we're staying in. However, we are down for a cozy 100% indoor shoot. Another option for winter is a favorite bar or restaurant that we can pop into between your place and there, capturing just enough of winter, but not suffering too long...
We prefer to start in your home if possible (within reasonable travel time). It's the one place that you share as a couple and it tells us a lot about your personalities. Most of us New Yorkers have tiny, cramped apartments, jam packed with charm. You will always remember the apartment you lived in when you got married, so why not showcase that? After a few snaps, you'll get the hang of it and start loosening up. When shooting, we are looking for shadows, textures, minimalism, and lines. We then place you within that frame, and may give you suggestions on where to look and so on. But the emotion and intimacy level is up to you. You guys know how to hold on to each other. And if you don't kiss in public, then don't. We won't make you do anything that feels cheesy or forced. And why do we always wonder what the hell to do with our hands in pictures? We don't think about it when we're in conversation with others or when we're alone. Let them dangle free, hide in your pockets, fall into your lap, or hold the hand of your love. Your hands have a mind of their own so just let them do their thing!
After spending time and shooting in your home, we then head out into your neighborhood to cruise the streets you know so well. These photos are going to be about where you hang out, the shops you pass on your daily commute, your favorite coffee shop, etc. Again, we're not about posing you in front of major landmarks in the city. However, if you have a certain place in mind, then we would love to include it because of its meaning to you. We eagerly welcome going outside of the city too. We crave quiet, wide open, desolate places. There are great spots within city limits, like beaches and random fields surrounding them. If you're down, were down.
When it comes to clothes, we want you to feel confident and comfortable, so dress like yourself and if you want to dress up, then by all means.... do it. Just keep in mind that we will be on foot.
Ladies, this shoot is also a great opportunity to do your make-up trial, so think about scheduling that alongside our session together. We have a list of great make up artists that would come to your home if that's something you need.
The whole purpose of this session is to gain an intimate understanding of one another. You will be more relaxed in front of the camera on your wedding day with no need to warm-up because the ice has already been broken. In return, we find out what your vibe is as a couple and can better understand how to work with you on your wedding day to create the best images possible.
We want this to be an experience and a collaboration on making some art together.
So just be you, let us handle the photography direction, and we will make some fantastic photographs together.
The CMP Family
The scheduling calendar below is only for the use of our booked clients. For new inquires, please head over here to get started.
Please choose a start time with your photographer(s) and assume that we will be spending 2-3 hours together....