If this is your first time in front of the camera as a couple, don’t worry. No matter what horrid memories you may have of photo experiences growing up, these will not be your typical “say cheese” photos. I strive to capture people more naturally and in a fun and relaxed way that brings out the genuine qualities of the two together. I know, I know - when it comes to photo shoots, the phrase 'relax and just have fun' gets thrown around a lot. If you can do this with a camera 6 feet in front of you, awesome! If you can't - don't feel bad - it's not easy for most people.
My best piece of advice is to just focus on your partner. That’s all :) Look into their eyes, try to make them laugh, flirt, hold onto each other and keep each other feeling relaxed and comfortable. As your photographer, I will help set up shots and lead you into moments, but I'm relying on you two to stay loose and open-minded and laser focused on each other.
If you are really having trouble shaking your nerves - have a glass of wine before your shoot. Yes, really!
But What do I wear?
First and foremost, I want you to be comfortable. Being comfortable is absolutely essential, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get a little glammed up and come as a polished you :) Neutral colors photograph beautifully, but I don’t discourage bold colors at all (although I would steer clear of anything neon, bright red or bright orange). I also recommend pairing simple basics with textured overlays, such as a slouchy open sweater. Texture adds such a beautiful element to a photograph! Avoid being too matchy-matchy (i.e. all white shirts and jeans), as well as shirts with graphics and lettering on them. Guys, instead of defaulting to a plain ole polo - look for fun colors, stripes, plaids. Like I said, texture photographs amazingly. Get creative!
Helpful tip! Head into your local GAP (or the like) and mention you’re styling for a photo shoot. They are happy to direct you - and free of charge! No need to pay a stylist when you have knowledgeable fashion advice right there in the store.
In my opinion, the bottom line when it comes to what to wear is this: coordinate and be comfortable and be you.
Let's be real here. Having your photos taken can be uncomfortable. It’s strange at first to have a camera pointed your way and almost ALWAYS the first 15 minutes of a photo shoot are a little awkward and unnatural for EVERYONE involved. It's just the way it is and we'll get through those 15 minutes of awkwardness together :)
Tips, Tricks and Ideas for During the Shoot:
- Don't think of this as a photo shoot - think of it as a date!
- Flirt with each other. Flirt with the camera. Even if it feels silly in the moment, at the very least it will give you something to focus on. And I promise things that feel silly in the moment tend to translate really, really well in-camera!
- Keep moving! Your hand, your gaze, your hair, your smile, your dress... small things like this add variety and keep the session flowing.
- Soft kisses on the forehead, laughing, dancing, holding hands, whispers, etc... all breathe amazing life into your photos. Go for it! Be silly! Be lovey! Be flirty! Be you!
- Talk sweetly and make corny jokes. These moments are helpful and are exactly what you should be doing.
- Walk it off. Sometimes simply walking together will help if you're feeling stuck.
- Get goofy! Show me your best (or worst!) dance moves just to keep everyone laughing
- Don't over think it. Improvisation of some kind happens at every couples shoot. Get out of your head, look into your partner’s eyes and be present.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. No question is silly :) Thank you again and I look very forward to working with you!