That being said, they also began our time declaring their nervousness about being photographed, which happens essentially every time.... so to new clients: DONT WORRY! look at how natural and free Courtney and Woody look in these, and be inspired. :)
I approach the delicate task of photographing people with a realization that having your photo taken is not normal. It's not NORMAL to have someone follow you around for an hour or two, telling you where to go and which light is the best to play in, and to "GET CLOSER!" (my trademark.) and to "LAUGH!" (also a favorite of mine!).
So, I'm aware that photographs can be awkward, but I love the challenge of making it as un-awkward as possible, as FUN as possible... and usually by the end of the session people say "that was it?" "that wasn't as hard as i thought!"
and this was literally our first image.
it doesnt have to be awkward.