Photographing Little Moments of Joy / by Joshua Cook

Jefre and Astrid Engagement Session

Jefre and Astrid Engagement Session

Photography isn't just about looking at the camera and smiling while someone takes your picture. Yes... that happens, but the difference between an "eh" photograph and a "wow" photograph comes from everything else that goes into that moment. That's why I truly love some of the photographs from my recent engagement session with Jefre & Astrid.

When we're on a shoot, we really are working to capture not just a moment, but a GREAT moment. I want to tell the story of someone's joy, excitement, emotional connection and even intrigue in a single moment. The challenge is that despite the fact that we collectively took and uploaded 880-billion photographs to the Internet last year, most of us still are not used to getting our picture taken. That's where a good photographer comes into play.

Jefre and Astrid Engagement Session

Jefre and Astrid Engagement Session

I like to learn about people quickly and let them know who I am as well. Then I like to get them laughing, either with me or at me. Both are great! Then we can really start interacting and throw the camera into the mix. That's when the magic starts to unfold. I spent over a decade doing this exact same thing when I worked in network news. I had between three and five minutes to get to know someone, help them feel comfortable chatting with me and then get focused on the subject of our interview. Back then I could do between eight and 20 of these interviews a day, but my goal each and every time (on top of getting valuable information on tape) was making them feel like they just had the best conversation of their life with a good friend. That went both ways too. There were so many of those interviews where I didn't want to say goodbye!

Jefre and Astrid Engagement Session

Jefre and Astrid Engagement Session

Great photography works the same way. The camera's just one small part of the equation. We get our photograph taken with someone because we love them. We enjoy being with them and they bring us joy. My job is to discover, show and then capture those little moments of joy we bring each other. I truly loved chatting with Jefre and Astrid, but nowhere near as much as I could see how much they loved each other.

Ready to capture some of those little moments of joy with someone special in your life? Book your portrait session today. Or if you're flying solo, check out one of my headshot sessions to help tell your story.