Cannon Beach Engagement Photos This engagement shoot started in Cannon Beach. We met up at the Sleepy Monk Coffee Shop for a quick top up. Then we began our engagement photo-shoot. Up and down the Oregon coastline we found ourselves at some really fun views for engagement photography. Some clients will find being in front of the camera effortless. Some clients may take a bit of time to grow comfortable with the process. Letting people feel comfortable to be themself is a great start to making really magic photos appear. The best way I have found to help people feel comfortable in front of the camera is to just be myself. Most find it really comforting to have someone talking with them through the whole photo shoot like an old friend. Some couples are really into photography and are happy to talk with me about the technical aspect of what I am doing with my light settings and the lenses I am selecting for their various qualities. Some couples are put at ease talking about their hobbies, work or wedding plans. Everyone is a little different. Its fun to figure out what approach will work best for each client. Once everyone is finding the flow of the photo shoot, this is when the really good photos start to add up. For some couples it can take a set or two of photos before we find our flow. This is normal. It's kind of like our warming up together. For this reason we don't want to start with the best location first off. Some clients don't miss a beat. We all click from the start. Some take a moment to feel comfortable in front of the camera. This is a really great reason to remove the time limit from the engagement session. I would not want to ever see a client receive less than the best quality of photography because it took them a little longer to feel comfortable being in front of the camera. Once everyone is finding the flow of the engagement photography session I begin moving through sets of photos. Each set will contain a single back ground, a variety of pose ideas and a selection of lenses. We will move through a good number of background options and combinations of ideas for poses before we fine some fun ideas for your shoot specifically. These are a few thoughts on what I think helps to make a great engagement photography collection.