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A full guide to couple photo shoots

June 20, 2021

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POSING, CLOTHING, LOCATIONS AND PREPARING.

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WHAT IS A COUPLE PHOTOSHOOT?

A couple photoshoot is a photo shooting with you and your partner and can be creative, adventurous or beautifully simple – just as you wish it to be. The idea is to capture a moment in time of you and your lover and create a meaningful memory for you. Looking back at your photographs and remembering a point of your relationship is something you can hold for the rest of your life.

Remember the first date you went on or your first travel exploring new places together? Remember the joy you experience when sharing an activity together you both are passionate about? It’s amazing to capture those happenings through photographs and we all do it with taking snapshots with our phones to look back at a certain point of life and remembering those feelings and stories. And how amazing would it be to have a creative friend – your photographer – with you who captures an experience you both share together.

So a couple photoshoot is exactly based on that: Creating meaningful photographs of you and your partner to forever remember a unique moment in time of your love story.

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3 REASONS FOR A COUPLE PHOTOSHOOT

1. Engagement Shooting

One big reason to book a couple photoshoot is an engagement. An engagement shooting is the best start to your wedding story. What an incredible moment, knowing you have found that one person in life you can’t life without. A pretty powerful and important happening for sure. So why not celebrate this special moment with a photo shooting to remember the time you both said YES to each other.

An engagement shooting is also the perfect way as a warm-up with your photographer if you choose to book her/him as your photographer for your wedding day. Through that you can get to know each other better and you get a good chance for what you can expect on your wedding day. Plus you can use the photographs for invitation cards for your wedding day.

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2. Creative and romantic present

Looking for a present for your lover? If it’s either your anniversary, valentines day or you simply want to surprise your partner with something special. A couple photoshoot is a unique and fun present with a deeper meaning. What’s better than celebrating your love together?

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3. Quality Time

If your & your partners love language is QUALITY TIME just like mine, you know that spending quality time together is what truly bonds you.

You don’t need a special reason for a couple photoshoot. If you are looking for a fun activity with your partner to enjoy time together, a couple photoshoot is all about that.

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A COUPLE PHOTOSHOOT?

It’s good to put some thought into what kind of couple photoshoot you want.

To start with I recommend to simply ask yourself what type of couple you are. Are you both adventurous, love hiking mountains and are sharing a passion for the outdoors? Are you creative minds and have an artistic approach towards life? Or are you laid-back day dreamers and there’s nothing better than a late Sunday morning and a picnic in the sun?

Thinking about this question will give you a good direction towards what concept your couple photoshoot will be. Because the most important is that you have fun and don’t feel like you force yourself into something you are not. Talk with your partner and figure out what you both are comfortable with and what you both have in mind for your couple photoshoot. Some love to kiss and be all over each other, while others feel uncomfortable to share intimacy with their partner in front of a camera and prefer a more subtle approach. It’s a two people thing. Talk with your lover to make sure you are on the same page for your shooting.

A great way to communicate what you have in mind with your partner (and photographer too!) is through inspirational mood boards, such as PINTEREST. You will find tons of inspirations there, so don’t get lost in the ocean of it all. Sit down with a set time-frame (15 minutes is totally enough) to create your own board. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but rather capture the mood, location or type of posing (subtle, intimate, creative, dynamic, etc.) you want to go for. This way you can better communicate to your partner about your wishes and what you have in mind for the photo shooting. Also keep in mind, that this is surely not a must, but just a little tool to help out if you feel like it.

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WHAT TO WEAR FOR A COUPLE PHOTOSHOOT?

The number one rule when it comes to the question about what to wear is simple: Wear what makes you feel confident.

I love to think about that question like as if I would go out for a date with my partner and dress up accordingly to that.

Have that colourful gown dress hanging in your wardrobe in which you feel strong and beautiful? Go for it! Or do you already have your favourite pair of pants, which you are wearing every day and they make you feel relaxed and just you. Then those are the ones to go for. Make sure you stay true to your style and you can then go from there and spice things up a bit if you feel like it.

The most important is that you feel yourself and confident. Because you will not only see it on the photographs, but it will create an all-over awesome experience for you if you feel at your best.

If you are still unsure what to wear, you can also bring 2 different outfits and switch if needed. And of course you can DROP ME A MESSAGE with your questions anytime. I am always there for you.

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WHICH LOCATION TO CHOOSE FOR A COUPLE PHOTOSHOOT?

When it comes to choosing the location for a photoshoot, really the sky is the limit.

It is basically depending all about what kind of couple photoshoot you want and what kind of story the photographs should tell. So coming back to the previous question: “What kind of couple you are” will give you a pretty good direction when it comes to choosing a location.

Not really outdoor people? An adventurous sunrise shooting on top of a mountain might not really feel like you and therefor feel awkward. More of city people and you both love to hang in a park together with a guitar or a good book? Then you know exactly what to go for. Ask yourself this question and it will be a good guidance when choosing your location.

The other helping question when it comes to choosing a location is the following: “What kind of story do I wish that the photographs tell?”

If you want to create photographs that should tell a certain story or a certain event of your relationship, you know exactly where to go. If you want to go back to the place you proposed to your partner and shot an engagement session there, you already have your location nailed. Another example is if you wish to create memories at the place you both first met – this could be a café, in front of an art gallery, a mountain track or even a bus station.

Whatever it is, it is your story and ultimately it is not about a breath-taking location. Trust me, when you look back at your photographs in some years, that unattractive bus station – but the one where you both accidentally met years ago – this will bring you tears of laughter and true meaningful memories back. Go with your heart. You know your love story. You know what is true to you both.

Last but not least: Putting up a creative shoot at a different or unusual location can be very exciting too! If you both want to go for something new and creative and always dreamed of an underwater shooting or even want to recreate a scene from your favourite movie – let’s go for it! Doing something you never did before to give a sense of exploring new things with each other is amazing. All I want to say is simply to keep in mind to stay true to yourself and your desires and chose consciously what you want your couple photoshoot to be. From there it will be easy to chose your location.

If you are still not sure about the location, here are just a few ideas to think of:

  • At home (inside or in your backyard).
  • In an urban area (a café, an art gallery, a park, rooftops, a car parking lot).
  • In the nature (a beach or sand dunes, a mountain, forests, by a lake).

If you are still unsure about a location, don’t hesitate to REACH OUT to me with any upcoming questions.

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HOW TO POSE FOR A COUPLE PHOTOSHOOT?

The day of your couple photoshoot is coming closer. You are super excited, yet you might feel a bit nervous when thinking about the posing part.

For a couple photoshoot (and actually any photoshoot) it is important to feel relaxed and at ease. Feeling you can be yourself with your partner is absolutely crucial.

It’s nice to think of what would be a natural thing to do at the location the shooting takes place. When choosing a park for example, a thing you and you partner might do is laying on the blanket and watching the clouds passing by. Pointing at all the strange formations you spot and sharing stories about it to each other. When you choose a highway path with mountains in the back, one approach could be to think what’s your story with this road, what would be a natural thing to do here? Maybe you are just walking down on the side of the road, having one arm around the other’s shoulder and hitching for a ride.

When the story makes sense and feels natural to you, it will also look great. If you feel uncomfortable, stiff and put into a pose you would never do naturally, it will show on the photographs. Your photographer knows how to guide you through this part. Starting with a basic pose (just as simple as sitting next to each other, walking down a street or hugging from behind) and then unfolding it from there or adjusting little things.

Because hand on heart: A photoshoot IS an unnatural situation. Doing natural things, but pretending a photographer is not there is quite a hard task. We do behave differently when a camera points at us. That’s why it’s so important you feel at ease with your partner and also your photographer. Your photographer allows you to be yourself and you allow the photographer to enter your magical bubble. Trust is key.

So don’t get tangled up in certain pose. You are always doing everything right, because the unique way you and your partner interact with each other is what is the true magic. It is more important to be fully in the moment with your partner and feel your unique connection. Posing and directing is simply a tool to capture the raw and authentic in-between moments.

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That’s it! I hope you have enjoyed reading my couple photoshoot guide and got some helpful informations out of it. If there is anything you wonder about or if you have even further tips, I would love to hear about them in the comments.

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