Photographing people is fun, exciting and generally enthralling. You feel good at seeing the lovely shots of your family, friends, and clients. These portrait photos show emotions and emotions and can even represent an individual’s personality.
There are different kinds of portraiture that portrait photographers can produce. Some portraits are of individuals, others are group shots and there are also couple portraits. While the most common are individual and group shots, couple portraits are also highly in-demand especially among soon-to-wed pairs or couples celebrating their anniversaries or a special occasion.
Taking photos of couples requires a different approach as compared to family portraits or solo portraits. With couple portraits, you have to make it look romantic yet not cheesy. Some couples also feel too conscious or shy posing in front of the camera, hence, a portrait photographer should find ways to get the shots to look natural and not awkward.
If you are new to couple portrait photography, here are some tips to help you capture great couple photos.
Tell the couple to show how they feel
There are couples who might have already underwent portrait sessions several times while there are those who are new to it and feel awkward posing for the camera. You need to make them feel at ease and one way to do it is by leaving them alone at first and shooting them without their knowledge. You can get natural shots from it and then later get closeup and posed shots.
Having a short talk with the couple can also help loosen up the tension. Tell them to just show how they feel for each other. They can do it using their eyes and hands. We are all aware that real emotions are often seen in a person’s eyes so this can be a good way for them to act or show their love in a natural way. This is good for producing natural wedding photography shots.
Teach them the “not too cheesy” poses
There are simple yet striking poses for couples that really look good in pictures. You can have them seated beside each with eyes on camera and the lady’s hand on the gent’s chest. You can also have them standing in front of a tall tree with her hand wrapped on his neck and they start at each other. Think ahead of what poses will make the couple stand out. You need to consider also the couple’s personalities when planning on the poses for them.
Find a creative location
Couple portrait session doesn’t have to be in a popular vacation spot or famous landmark. It can be in a very simple location like a garden, park or even in front of a building. You can ask the couple on where they feel more comfortable doing the shot. If they don’t have any idea, you can of course give suggestions
Use a zoom or telephoto lens at start
At the start, you can use a zoom or telephoto lens in taking pictures of the couple. They can be aware or unaware about it. This can help them loosen up and eventually they will feel more relaxed. Wedding photographer Cardiff likes using a telephoto lens when taking candid couple shots.
Take note of the tips mentioned for these will surely come in handy for portrait photographers like you.