BROUGHT TO YOU IN COLLABORATION WITH Lotus Loft Photography (based in Kingman, AZ)
What Are Prompts?
My guess is when you showed up to your engagement session, you weren't expecting me to ask you to draw on your fiance's face with your nose, or to whisper in your best Bat Man voice what you had for breakfast that morning... and you wouldn't be the first person to give me a strange look when asking you to do these things either! I know, I know, some of the things I ask you to do may sound strange, and you might even think I'm a little crazy. But that is okay with me! The purpose of prompts isn't to take a photo of the actual action you're doing. The point isn't to have a photo hanging in your living room that you can proudly tell guests "this one is of us pretending to be airplanes" (another one that sounds strange, I'm sure). The point is to capture an image that is REAL and candid, it's supposed to get you to smile and laugh without me telling you "now give me a genuine smile riiiiiight NOW!" Because quite simply, it just wouldn't happen. As much as you may TRY to look natural and candid, you never will unless it actually IS natural and candid. I'm going to list out some of the usual prompts I use at my sessions, along with an image showing that prompt, and what the end goal is for me asking you to do something that sounds pretty strange. Even reading this, you might still be confused. Let's clear things up by diving right in!
"USING YOUR BEST BAT MAN VOICE (OR A sexy voice) WHISPER IN HER EAR WHAT YOU HAD FOR BREAKFAST"
The goal for this one is to get the two of you snuggled up close, get genuine smiles, and make it look as though you just whispered something sweet in her ear. When others see this photo they'll see a cozy, candid image with real (never forced) smiles.
"DRAW A SHAPE ON HER CHEEK WITH YOUR NOSE AND SEE IF SHE CAN GUESS WHAT SHAPE YOU DREW"
This is another prompt that gets you close together, gets genuine smiles, and gives the illusion that he's either whispering something sweet, going to give her a kiss, or just getting cozy when in reality your soon-to-be was just drawing a triangle on your face. *Also yes, 95% of guys draw a penis for this.* When they guess the shape, it usually leads to laughter between the pair as well.
"KISS WITH YOUR TEETH" or "Go in for a kiss, but stop just before you kiss"
I always get weird looks with this one. The goal is to have you go in for a kiss, and for both of you to smile riiiiiight before your lips meet. It gives it that candid, Nicholas Sparks movie cover look that all of my brides swoon over when they see it.
"HOLD HANDS AND WALK TOWARDS (or away from) ME, YOU CAN SMILE EITHER AT ME OR EACH OTHER WHILE YOU WALK"
This one is pretty simple. You get movement (especially if you're in a loose or flowy dress) and it gives an opportunity for me to get some cute photos of looks shared between the two of you, or like this one where they had a moment to just walk together and talk, leading to genuine smiles. You could just see the love and joy on their faces. This prompt is super simple, but one of my favorites.
"WALK AND BUMP HIPS" or "Cuddle while you walk"
This one is another "movement" oriented prompt. When I get you guys moving, not only do I have you focused on something other than my lens, but I get the two of you interacting as well. This is a fun one, especially if you really get into your bumps while walking. It causes genuine smiles, laughs, and gets you guys to interact with each other - allowing me to capture genuine, unposed moments of the two of you.
"PRACTICE YOUR FIRST DANCE"
This one usually tugs at my bride's heartstrings and gets some genuine smiles, and loving looks as you reminisce on how, one day soon, you'll be spinning your partner around the dance floor for your first dance as husband and wife. This is another one that gets you to move, interact with each other, and forget about the camera for a few seconds.
"PUT YOUR HAND on his face (or shoulder), but not like a claw"
For me, as a photographer, this is a golden opportunity for me to get a shot that showcases your engagement/wedding ring. It gets the two of you face-to-face and looking into each other's eyes. The goal is to capture a tender and sweet moment while you have your hand placed on your partner, it can be assumed that you're going to be pulling him in for a kiss, or just telling him how much he means to you. Also mentioning the claw usually gets a candid laugh for you both in the background. Meanwhile, I'm getting some great detail shots of that rock!
"One of you try to kiss the other on the lips, while the other tries to kiss the other 4 places on their face other than their lips"
This one is so fun because it always ends in laughter and a big kiss at the end. White one person is trying to kiss the other on the lips, they begin laughing and we end up with a picture of one person laughing while the other person is kissing their forehead, cheek, nose, etc. It truly is one of the most fun and unique prompts I use!