Wedding Photography Tips: Engagement Sessions with Ryan Brenizer


Successful wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer shares his strategies and tips for making unique and dynamic engagement portraits for his wedding clients. Brenizer, whose approach to wedding photography is to show up for work with a fresh approach and a unique style, emphasizes the engagement portrait session as an important step in building trust with his clients, as well as coaching them to feel comfortable in front of the camera—a position in which most people are not immediately at ease. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at B&



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Great tips. I will be looking for more.


Would like to know the best lens to use for my Canon T3i .

If you are going to use only one lens, I would recommend the Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS lens.  This lens offers you a wide angle aspect for group shots and interior shots, and goes up to a portrait focal suitable for single portraits, couples and up to larger groups as you zoom out.  A second lens worth considering is one with a larger aperture for lower light shots and also for a shallower depth of field (blurred background).  For that I would recommend the Canon 85mm f1.8 lens.  See the two links below for details:

I love that it was absolutely educational, thank you B&H, thank you Ryan!


 would like to know what are best combinations of Sony DSLR camera and lesnse for wedding photograhy.



You might look into the A99 with the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8.  Otherwise, if you prefer an APS-C size sensor camera, you might look at the Sony A77 with the 16-50mm f/2.8 for a standard zoom and again the 70-200mm f/2.8.  If you have questions about a specific camera or lens, I would suggest sending an email to our Pro Photo Department:  [email protected]