Hello all. I am exhausted. The second time around the engagement session was not any better as the first time around. Even though, I was able to utilize my ipad to view images taken via an eye-fi card in camera in real time there was still a few complications. I’ll be going more in detail on the complications and revised lighting setup in a post in .

What I ended up doing was using one ipad to connect to my 42 inch flat screen tv and used it as a reference device where I’d look to for posing examples and then use the other ipad to review how we looked after the image was taken.

Also similar to the first DIY engagement session, I would not have been able to pull this off without the new pocketwizard plus IIIs and the remote camera cable to fire the camera without wires.

Before i go into detail, I want to highly suggest to hire a makeup artist for your engagement session. You will thank me. The makeup you see on my beautiful fiance was provided by the skilled and talented Cream Wong.  Yes, that is her first name. She is indeed the CREAM of the crop. Once you see my fiance’s makeup you’ll surely want to book her. Give her a call at 626-518-2228 or email at and let her know you found her through this post.

4 hours later and a tired and sweaty fiancé, we were able to achieve the majority of the images we wanted to capture for our engagement session.

Below is our inspiration board for our engagement session part 2 (closeup portrait) make sure to continue to follow as we start working on engagement session part 3 where we do the scenic engagement photos.

IMAGE 1:  Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks W magazine inspired engagement image.

This image was pretty easy to replicate. It only required a two light setup. 4:1 light ratio with the background to be 2 stops higher than the main. This lighting configuration provides that soft dreamy look.

IMAGE 2: Royal engagement photo inspiration. Another easy 2 light setup to replicate this image. Although, we found that we liked the one light setup better for this engagement photo. What do you think?



IMAGE 3: Vampire looking couple portrait inspiration for this engagement photo.  This is another easy image to reproduce just using one main light.

IMAGE 4, 5, 7:  We decided to postpone these Vogue inspired engagement photos for when we plan our outdoor engagement session.


IMAGE 8: Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston Marie Claire cover inspired engagement portrait.  I was expecting that this image would require 3 lights to execute but I was able to pull it off with just two lights.

IMAGE 9: Camping in living room inspired engagement photo.

In order to capture this image, I needed to set the white balance so that the ambient light is blue to replicate moonlight and then gel the main light and the light inside the tent to match the candle light.

It feels great to be able to execute a shot you envisioned.


If you are not able to replicate these images for your own DIY engagement session, you can always contact me and I’ll make it happen for you.


It’s very important when choosing a photographer that they are not a “at the right place at the right time photographer” you need a photographer that can create a moment not just capture it.


About the author

Lawrence Atienza

is a Jack of all Trades and Master of ALL.

Whether it be in the realm of Advertising/Advertising operations with over 14+ years of experience to dabbling in the creative realm of photography and founding/writing for, Lawrence Atienza gives his all.

Lawrence is the founder/publisher of the first online photography resource geared for men. With only limited time and resources, Lawrence has built a strong brand any many Public relations and Photography Manufacturer relationships that allows photographySILO to review the latest and greatest photography products in the industry. We’ve also formed strong relationships with some of the top photographers in the world of whom you can read about in the Learn Section under “Get Inspired” you will truly be inspired.
To create and capture carefully crafted conceptual imagery to provide unique and compelling photographs for clients.

As a child, have you ever watched a commercial about a product that you’d do anything for and just couldn’t afford? An item that you desired so much that nothing else compared and nothing else could satisfy the want. A want so great that it warrants a person to save each months allowance to obtain it. The feeling materialized many times through my life. From the Laser tag set with the gun, vest and sensor in my youth to a pair of Technics 1200s M3Ds with a Vestax PMC Pro mixer in my teens to a Peter Line Forum Brand Snowboard in my college years and to finally Three Nikon DSLRs and thousands of dollars worth of lenses and too much gear to mention. As you can see, my interests grew in substance by age.

Photography was the only hobby where I experienced the most gratification in the work produced. The many praises from my peers and clients for my creativity and skill in communicating the concept pushed me to the edge of pure satisfaction in my craft.

The fulfillment I receive in creating compelling creative images in an editorial/Advertising campaign and/or capturing special moments on a wedding day compares to nothing else. So, I set aside my Laser Tag set, Dj gear and on a few occasions my snowboard for my passion in photography.

Lawrence has been in the Advertising industry for the past 14 plus years. His career started within the walls of one of the top advertising agencies in the world as a media planner for a major movie studio. For all you none industry types, this role planned media (Outdoor/Television/Radio/Print/Online) for the client. Lawrence then moved to an online rich-media company that brought great interactivity to online banner advertisements as an advertising operations manager. Currently, Lawrence is an Advertising Operations Technical Traffic manager for one of the biggest automotive websites in the market. As you can see my experience in the advertising space is almost complete with client side experience as the last piece to complete my all around experience base.

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