Kristine + Nick | Washington D.C. in home + city engagement

May 12, 2018

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how I can be more intentional with my couples. Photographing couples in a way that makes them feel comfortable has always been a top priority for me, so about a year ago I created my “pep talk strategy”.  My go-to method that promotes vulnerability and openness. The “pep talk”, just as it sounds, is a 3 minute conversation I have with my couple before we shoot. It sets the intention for the shoot and creates an environment where my couple can ease into their genuine roles as partners in real life, as if I wasn’t there. The content of these ‘talks’ changes with each one of my amazing couples and is like this creative spark that presents itself when I’m driving in the car, boarding a plane or slowly falling asleep. The words and the message differ every time, but the goal is always to bring out the personalities of the people I am capturing. And my sweet little pep talks seem to help with just that.

Kristine and Nick. My super magical unicorn couple because they are just the kinda people that go above and beyond in friendships and in life.

My pep talk for them went a little something like this.

“Today it’s your job to focus solely on the love you share for another. An everyday love. The kinda love when no one is looking. It’s my job to capture that love in a way that compliments your true selves, so don’t focus on how you look or how you are being perceived by the world around you. My favorite love is the kind that others may not think is picturesque. For me it’s brushing my teeth with Evan before we go to bed. Sometimes we are in our sweats, squeezed into a tiny bathroom, his arms around me, ignoring the mundane task of cleaning our teething but rather just simply being with another. If you asked anyone if this was a photogenic moment, most would say no. I’d have to disagree. This moment is unique. It’s not showy. It’s humble. Our bodies are relaxed. We are comfortable and honoring love in it’s most simple form and in the little moments that we share as a couple; the little moments that define who we are as partners.

So today, whether it’s a silly moment, or a quiet moment, just be yourself and let me focus on bringing that simple and beautiful love to life through artistic imagery.”

Sharing a few of my favorites from this day below.

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  1. Marcela Pulido

    May 23rd, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Oh my goodness, Alexandra! Your work is so damn beautiful. Your tones are gorgeous and I love the pep talk you give couples before a session. Love this!

  2. Valerie

    May 23rd, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Love this idea! And what magical photos you captured for them after that talk 🙂

  3. Katy Weaver

    May 24th, 2018 at 1:08 am

    This Washington DC in home engagement session is SO BEAUTIFUL!! Oh my gosh, your edits and mood always look so good!

  4. Jen Marshall

    May 24th, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    You captured such tender moments between these two! I LOVE the that you shared about your pep talks- such a fantastic way to set the tone and purpose of the session!

  5. Briana Morrison

    May 24th, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    That last photo is WOW!!! What a cute couple. It looks like they had a blast during their shoot with you.

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