February 28, 2019
As you can probably tell from my social media, my favourite part of the day is the couples session. This is where I get to whisk my couples away from it all and get some killer portraits. It’s not just my opportunity to get creative but also a chance for you to relax, be together and digest the huge commitment you’ve just made to each other.
However understandably this section of the day is the part that my couples tend to worry about the most, particularly those who aren’t used to having a camera shoved in their face. If you are anything like me I automatically go into Chandler mode and the panic is written all across my face and I suddenly have 6 chins. But there is no need to worry! It’s your photographers job to make you look awesome, so they have your back. But just in case here are my top tips on how to rock your couple shoot.
Ultimately as a photographer I want relaxed shots of my couples simply being themselves. So my first tip is to loosen up a bit and be in the moment. I can already hear you saying easier said than done, that’s why I let my couples interact naturally and I will start photographing at a distance then move closer to them when they are warmed up a little. If needs be I will also give them little games to play and encourage my couple’s to dish the dirt on their guests dancing. The key is interaction and having fun.
POSING AND MOVEMENT
I will suggest poses in a very loose way as often I do have an idea of the type of image I am after and how you will look best but don’t be afraid to move. Movement brings variation, so get all up in each others grills, snog, cuddle, laugh – whatever feels natural and comfortable for you as a couple. I’m all about fun and the more fun you guys are having the more bad ass your photos will look.
ROLL WITH THE AWKWARDNESS
So you feel like an idiot in front of the camera, so what? Roll with it. I can guarantee that you’re feeling much more awkward than you look. Having your picture taken will get easier and awkward giggles still translate as cute giggles on camera. So embrace it and laugh it off. If you’re extra nervous why not book an engagement shoot and have a practice run before the wedding?
THINK ABOUT TIMINGS
It’s crucial to allow enough time for your couples photos as nobody wants to be stressed and rushing around when you are trying to portray being relaxed and happy.
Personally I like to split my portraits into small chunks. This allows us to utilise different lighting while making sure you don’t get overwhelmed with having your photo taken and so that you don’t feel like you’re missing out on the party. Generally I would suggest having the first chunk for about 20 minutes at the end of your drinks reception, so you aren’t missed while your guests are trying to find their seats. Then depending on the time of year we can pop out for a quick 10-15 minutes later in the day if we spot a sunset or we can get some killer night time images.
CONSIDER THE LIGHT
The main thing that portrait photographers consider when composing a shot is the location and the light. During a wedding day the light changes drastically and as a photographer we have to change our approach to deal with that. For example if you are getting married in the summer, during the peak of the day is extremely harsh light which creates shadows so portraits might be taken in the shade. During the winter the sun sets extremely early so it’s worth allowing for the most daylight possible, by having an early service or by considering a first look. When setting your timings it’s worth considering the light, I’ve watched many a beautiful sunset disappear while the couple I’m photographing are either eating or having speeches. Sometimes this can’t be helped, but if you can set aside 10 minutes or pop out you won’t be disappointed.
TAKING RISKS AND LOCATION
Not all venues have beautiful surroundings or great locations to shoot in, so if there is a better option near by with a killer backdrop and we have some time free, let’s do it! You aren’t limited to your venue and if it doesn’t inspire you let’s go explore. Take Risks and don’t be afraid to walk across fields or dance in the rain. Embrace it and have fun!
You’ve booked your photographer because you love their work and their style, so trust that they are going to take killer images. If they suggest something that’s a little random or slightly weird just embrace it, its their job to make you look awesome.
The most important thing is to let go, be present and have fun. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, be spontaneous and enjoy this moment with your loved one. As mentioned before I’m all about fun and the more fun you guys are having the more bad ass your photos will look.
Interested on me shooting your wedding or getting some bad ass pictures of you? Drop me a message and let’s get some killer images.