Everyone is a little uncomfortable in front of the camera at first. It’s just the way it is. They usually barely know me, they see other engagement portraits and think “Oh, I won’t look like that, I’m so unphotogenic” (not realizing their friend taking pictures of them with iPhone sort of sucks at photography and makes them think they are “unphotogenic”, but I digress) and things start by me just trying to get them loose and figure them out. We make jokes, find common interests, and sometimes you have a scenario like Janna pretending to punch Kyle in the face and I say “oooooohhh, that’s what we have to do here”. So, I pushed along the banter, joined in at times, and the playfulness finally came out. Here’s Janna & Kyle at Abbots Mill.