WHY SHOULD I BOOK A COUPLES PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION?
A couples photoshoot is you, uncensored.
It’s your relationship behind the scenes. A way to capture that version of yourself, which only you and your partner know exists. The ‘you’ who’s famous for their long lingering kisses, pretty amazing piggy back rides and doesn’t flinch when showing affection.
SPOILER: Choose me as your photographer and you may have to extend this invitation to a third person. Not that you should worry though. I’m ace at keeping secrets.
Couples sessions are easy-going too. There’s no requirement for an extravagant outfit or for you to pull any type of poses. You being you is more than enough. It’s this that gives couples shots a great sense of meaning and makes them the ideal way to ‘WOW’ your partner.
Did you get the hint gents? A couples photography shoot is a whole lot more than just a special treat. You see, when they say actions speak louder than words they’re not lying. Book a couples photoshoot and you’re in essence saying, “Babe, what we have is special, and I want to treasure it”.
I rest my case – you can thank me after the shoot.
WHAT HAPPENS ON A COUPLES PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION?
We embark on an adventure and catch you every step of the way.
The whole idea behind couples photography is to find those more spontaneous images that reflect your personality as a couple. So as you’d imagine this is not a shoot to be done in the studio, but more one that’s shot on location. By doing so we can achieve a wider variation of images, backgrounds and capture you at your most authentic.
Choose me and the shoot will also be pretty informal. I’m a very laid back photographer, which should relieve you of any pressures to do with striking a pose. Think of it more as a walk with a new friend who just so happens to carry a camera, rather than a photographer who’s out to catch you from your best side.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK A COUPLES PHOTOSHOOT?
The best time to book your couples photography session can differ. The main reason is usually because of the location. We may need to book the location in advance if for instance you want it to be busy, quiet or taken during a certain time of the year.
Some couple’s photoshoots are also influenced by events. So, for instance if you’re thinking of tying your shoot into a celebration like a wedding or may even when you’re pregnant. FYI: Newlywed couple shoots are a popular choice!
Although booking at least 12 weeks in advance is my usual advice, especially if you’re after a certain date or time. But that’s not to say that last minute bookings are impossible – in some cases they can fit in rather well. Only I wouldn’t rely on this being the case as I don’t like to disappoint.
COUPLES PHOTOGRAPHY: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
We’re not what you’d call relaxed behind the camera. Any tips for us at a couples session?
If it’s difficult for you to remain relaxed behind the camera then don’t fret. A couples photoshoot is a great place to start and build your confidence behind the camera. Why? Because there’s a significant difference between them and a more event-focused shoot like a wedding or engagement party.
Couples shoots are less about flamboyance and more about authenticity. Come to think of it, that’s all they require – you to be you, and not much else. So, if you’re in two minds about us organising some couples photography, then read on. I’ve got two tips for you.
1 – Focus on your partner – Sounds simple, although a lot of us fail to do so. Be it a quick glance to reassure yourself that I’m still there, or peering out of the corner of your eye. Try and avoid doing it. Immerse yourself in your partner’s company and you’ll soon forget I’m even there, snapping every second.
*While I do for the most part let you guys create the shots, I will advise and throw suggestions your way.
2 – Make it exclusive – As great as our friends and family are, they can often influence how we act. For instance, we may act slightly more ‘tough’ if Dad’s watching, and not be as touchy feely in front of Mum. But that’s not to say your family can’t come and spectate, they can. It’s just if you’re not at home behind the camera, then a crowd could make it difficult for us to achieve the most authentic mages
We’re not the conventional couple. How can we make our couples session a bit quirky?
There’s a few secrets to less conventional couples sessions. Here’s two for you to consider, plus a quirky bonus for anyone who’s starting a family…
Location, Location, Location – Where you choose to set your shoot can be a great way to take the less conventional route, hence my not so subtle use of repetition. Know of a location that’s a bit ‘out there’? Somewhere that’s slightly edgy? Or just a place you’d never expect to see two people kissing passionately? If so, do spill the beans as it could give us the alternative twist you’re after.
The Wardrobe – What you wear makes up a HUGE part of your couples photography. If you’d like this to be what differentiates you from typical couple photography, you’re excused – you can skip the next question.
BONUS: Break The Rules – Okay, so while couples photography does imply that you’re required to be somewhat ‘official’, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be officially a couple. You could be a officially dating or just officially good mates.
*The relationship will between you both is vital to the style of the shoot, so please give me a good idea of what it is when you book. The last thing I want to do is suggest that two best friends kiss. Awkward.
What should I wear for a couples photo shoot?
Couples photography is all about you, so what you wear for a couples photoshoot should say “you”. A safe bet is usually that item of clothing you label as ‘your favourite’. So this could be your favourite pair of trousers, skirt or wooly jumper. I mean come on, what’s better than wearing your favourite clothes with your most favourite person in the whole world?!
When picking your outfit, I’d say the main thing to monitor as a couple is coordination. My advice would be to pick a theme. So if you choose winter woolies you’d both get wrapped up and if the theme was summer sun you’d both show a bit of skin.
Fancy some more theme ideas? Here’s another five with ideas of what piece you could incorporate…
- Very Vintage – oversized jumpers, baggy jeans, denim jackets.
- Super Street – tracksuit, hypebeast trainers, hoodies.
- Down To Business – formal suits, stiff shirts, posh brogues.
- Country Bumpkin – lumberjack shirts, floaty skirts, blouses.
- Suave and simple – long came coat, chelsea boots, skinny jeans.
How do you get cute couple pictures?
There’s SO many ways you can get cute couple pictures! You can have a cuddle, go in for the smooch or take each other’s hand. Well, they’re the classics, but if you want to be truly original, I’d suggest being open to doing a bit of free styling.
You see, the best shots typically come when the fact you’re been photographed is at the back of your mind. This is because it’s not what you do that matters, it’s how you do it. No matter how much effort you put into giving your partner the perfect cuddle or smooch, if it doesn’t look natural then the cute box is going to remain unticked. Remember, cute couple pictures rely on one thing – authenticity.
How do I pose next to my boyfriend?
How to pose next to your boyfriend doesn’t have to be the mind bending conundrum that you might think it is. Getting it right is actually pretty simple. To show you just how simple, here’s some posing pointers that anyone posing next to their boyfriend should bear in mind…
How you pose next to your boyfriend depends on…
- His stance
- How you want to be perceived
- How he wants to be perceived
- The location
- Your height
- His height
- The theme of shoot
Now you can see why I don’t encourage posed shoots. Thought of that many factors is enough to make anyone a stiff poser.
But, if you’re still eager for answer I’d suggest giving your boyfriend a grilling. You see, while I can offer you advice I can’t accurately give you answer because I’m not your boyfriend and as we all know, every man is different.
How do you take a cute kiss picture?
There’s a whole, host of ways to get a cute picture of you kissing, so as you’d imagine near on every photographer has a different method. Well, every photographer near me does. But even though there are some universal laws of kissing pictures that you ought to be aware of pre-shoot.
For the most romantic kiss…
Use your hands – I’m talking to you gents. Take each other’s face lightly and guide it gently towards your face. If you have big hands a few fingers will do. We want to be able to see your partner’s face.
Keep it light – Kissing in a couples session can differ from the everyday smooch. You don’t so much press your lips together, but more lightly peck each others lips. Too much pressure and your kiss can look more like a slobbery splodge – not the most elegant affect.
Close your eyes – C’mon, we’ve all seen the movies. You can’t spell romantic without a kiss with your eyes closed. Why? Well if you ask me, it’s because closing your eyes mid kiss says so much. It says “I trust my partner”, “I’m confortable around them” and most importantly “we share a spiritual connection beyond how we look”
*How confident you are in front of the camera will also influence your couples photography, in particular any kissing pictures. So, if you fancy building your confidence behind the camera, be sure you’ve read question one before your shoot.