A Beloved Experience

Beloved photography shoot, Auey Santos of Photograffit

When I first met and connected with Auey Santos of Photograffiti, I must have given her the blankest stare when she said she did “beloved photography.” Isn’t that just a cutesy way of saying couples-in-love photography? Engagement shoots/weddings/etc? She laughed and being the enthusiast of all things photo shoot-related, offered to do a beloved shoot for my husband and I so I could see what it really meant.

Beloved photography shoot, Auey Santos of Photograffit

The best way to explain Beloved Photography, to use Auey’s own words actually, is like you’re on a date and a photographer just so happens to be there. Steve (my husband) and I were given little homework assignments before the shoot, so that we were prepared to answer questions about each other while being photographed. Then instead of just being asked to get in a pose or position, Auey added the emotion on our faces by having us share stories, anecdotes, make certain faces at one another….and on the creativity goes.

Beloved photography shoot, Auey Santos of Photograffit

I feel the best way to explain it is to give an example. Sometimes it was just the instruction “Look at Steve with the eyes you make when you think he’s being silly,” but often it was sharing our hearts with each other and ignoring Auey’s presence all together. The one moment that stood out the most was when she asked Steve to refer back to his “homework” and whisper in my ear the story of a moment he was extremely proud of me, while I had my eyes closed. At the end of the story, I was supposed to open my eyes and I think that allowed Auey to catch emotion on my face and in my eyes WAY more than if we were just doing a photo shoot with instructions to look “in love” or “silly” or whatever it may be.

Beloved photography shoot, Auey Santos of Photograffit
Beloved photography shoot, Auey Santos of Photograffit

I guess the best way I can sum up my experience with beloved is to say that there is no replacement for genuine emotion produced through interacting with your significant other. The pictures will bring out a lot of expressions that you don’t normally show in photos because you’re concentrating on looking good. Plus, it’s just fun! Steve and I felt like we’d had a great morning together hanging out, instead of viewing it as an appointment with a photographer, and I won’t forget some of the anecdotes he shared or faces he made.

Beloved photography shoot, Auey Santos of Photograffit

Well, there’s a little glimpse into my life and the world of beloved photography! Next week we’ll be taking a break from the blog before launching the new site! (I know, it’s been promised for quite some time)…but then you’ll be hearing from Aliza, our new intern!

Photos by Photograffiti

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