COUPLE SHOOTS | MY TOP TIPS FOR NATURAL LOOKING PHOTOGRAPHS
When you’re on your own together you interact with each other all time, small glances, a touch of the face, the look only you can give each other. These interactions are small but you are tuned into each other perfectly. It’s what makes us human and in love. As soon as your environment changes you become surrounded by distraction and your intimacy weakens. As a photographer I observe human communication all the time in a hope that I will capture each individual special moment.
If you are a couple who live in each others bubble and never feel distracted by the world around you then you don’t need this advice. However for most, including myself, having a photographer with you for the day is not particularly natural and we all revert back to our childhood memories of smiling politely when a camera is being pointed at us.
My top tips
Tip 1 – Unless you are having a formal group photograph, try not to stare or smile directly into the lens. Look beyond me or at each other.
Tip 2 – Interact with each other, as you would on your own, talk, make each other laugh, embrace, kiss, tickle each other.
- If you have pockets don’t put your hands in them, hands should be touching your loved one
- Kiss each other’s neck, shoulder, hands, cheeks, ears, basically anywhere that isn’t on the lips. It looks a lot more sensual and visual.
- Touch each others face, tuck her hair behind the ear, move your hands and arms around each other
- Hold hands and allow space between you at times
Tip 3 – If you are feeling nervous close your eyes and listen to each other breathe and the sounds around you.
Tip 4 – Be yourselves and have some fun, I don’t mind what you do and I am always open to ideas if you have something in mind.
Tip 5 – Apart from the ceremony and the wedding breakfast many couples don’t actually spend time together. Try to make a conscious effort to be together. Walk between venues or rooms together, at the drinks reception work the room together, after the first dance stay on the dance floor and dance together.
Tip 6 – You are in love, this is your wedding day and the scene is perfect. Try and forget I am there.
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“I can't tell you how much we love the photos. They really are just ‘fantastic’. Looking through them genuinely did take us back through all the excitement and emotions of the day, which was always what we hoped for from wedding pictures! I don't know how you manage to capture so much feeling and sentiment but you did and we have had so much enjoyment looking through them and reliving it all. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job, we couldn't be happier with them! We were overwhelmed with the slideshow too, what a generous and wonderful thing of you to do! It brings shivers down my spine watching it and - we absolutely loved it with the music!! We will really treasure that forever ‘thank you’!”