Ok if you’ve seen my previous blog posts about doing your own engagement session, you’ll notice how i warn how difficult it can be if you don’t know what you are doing. This is the case even in a controlled studio environment.

Outdoors when you have external elements like the sun, people, security guards, restricted access etc.. is a whole other beast.

The outdoor DIY engagement session was very difficult. Now i actually regret not having a photographer friend just take the outdoor engagement session.

The shoot took too long. Yes, i used two light setups  but that wasn’t the only problem. We are also stopped multiple times by security guards and police about using a tripod at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Using a tripod classified me as being a “professional” photographer. Are you serious? Yeah, apparently the security guard wasn’t fully briefed. The police officer had to explain that on the premises tripod is simply prohibited.

The images you see below were taken with the use of my camera bag as the “tripod” and the flashes on the Nikon stands. I  think i did a good job but boy it was tough.

If you are considering saving a buck and shooting your own engagement session outdoors, then you are out of your mind. Unless you are a photographer, i highly recommend to not even try.

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 http://www.PhotographySILO.com, 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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