COUPLE SHOOT KILLER TIPS!
Couple shoots are a great opportunity to create some beautiful memories of your relationship at whatever stage you are in your life. If you are getting married then they are great to help ease any nerves you might have of being in front of the camera before the big day. It also means we get a chance to hang out and get to know one another which means you won't feel like you have a stranger following you around on your wedding day. For these reasons I currently include this shoot as part of my wedding package when you book me.
You don't need to be getting married though or even if you are already, booking a session to capture your love at any stage is something every couple should do at some point in their lives at least once!
1.YOU DO YOU!
Don't come to a shoot thinking you need to act, look or dress a certain way. If you are a bum and kick about most days in ripped jeans and vans then theres no reason you should suddenly change that. By the way I pretty much just described my own get up there so that's most likely what I will rock up wearing!
Most of the best photos come from the outtakes when your partner busts out a totally inappropriate but funny as hell joke. So don't act like you 'think' you should, just be who you are, whether thats goofy, shy or totally bat shit crazy. The real you is the best and most natural you and that is what I want to capture.
3. WHAT YOU PUT IN YOU WILL GET OUT.
Try to remember that these photos aren't about me, they're about you. I really love what I do but ultimately I am here to document a really important and exciting stage in your lives. The more you let me into your space and the intimacy of your relationship, the more I am able to capture the connection between you both. If you remember what you are like when you're both alone that is all I need to capture your connection authentically.
3. LET GO!
Weather is something none of us can control yet so often it is the one thing that couples worry about most, especially on their wedding day. Don't! Wind is my best friend for awesome portraits. It can throw long hair and dresses into blurry beautifulness that adds a new level of raw emotion to a portrait. Rain can create a great mood for images too and if it is really heavy there is always somewhere we can find as a plan b. That said, couples who just embrace it and laugh it off and let the rain fall on them are up there in my list of perfect couples to shoot and again it's that mindset that allows me to capture something beautiful. There is no need to worry or stress about it not being perfect. It is perfect if you accept it and run with it and with that kind of attitude you will rock your shoot whatever the weather!
4. MAKE A DAY OF IT.
Don't treat this shoot like something you have to fit in at the end or start of your day. You won't feel relaxed if you have somewhere else to be and a list of things to do. I often encourage couples to have lunch or coffee after our shoot which is usually early morning for the best light. That way they come relaxed and in a good head space to enjoy themselves. Remember, these photos are for you, not for me, so allow yourselves to put life to one side just for one day and make the most it and your shoot.
5. COMPLIMENT ONE ANOTHER WITH YOUR CHOICE OF COLOUR.
Wear whatever you would normally wear and whatever you are comfortable in but just be mindful of how you will look together. If you clash then that will come out in your photos! Black is cool and if it is your thing then break it up with some accessories as it can photograph a bit flat.
6. DO WHAT YOU WANT.
Don't think you have to stay perfectly still for a photo. The more you interact with one another, the more natural the shots will be. Some of the things that couples do during a shoot with me include nothing more than simply looking at each other, running their hands through their partners hair, holding their partners face in their hands, kissing his/hers forehead, holding hands. These are the kind of simple little things that make for beautiful intimate moments on camera. I will be there to guide you though if necessary so don't think you have to suddenly 'perform'. All I encourage is for you both to engage with one another in whatever way that might be that reflects who you both are!
6. HAVE FUN WITH IT!
Nothing much else to say on that but just get involved, let loose and enjoy being together away from the busyness of life and you will smash it!
Read and remember the above before your shoot and I ensure you that we will be able to create some great stuff together! I won't make you do anything that doesn't fit with who you are and I will adapt to what you are comfortable with. If we haven't spoken already and you're now chomping at the bit to do this then drop me a message and lets chat!