Cosy Couple Shoot in South London
Tips and tricks for achieving cosy, candid, and intimate couple photos.
I want to start out by saying how much fun I had with Lia and Alex in South London during their couples photography session. They certainly made my job as a photographer easy. These two were hilarious goofballs and I don't think we stopped laughing the entire time. My biggest tip to photographers new to couples sessions is TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR PERSONALITIES! These two were consistently making each other laugh and absolutely did not suit formal poses. I seized the moments that he made her laugh and essentially hid myself away to capture their candid interactions on camera. In this case, it didn't make sense for me to instruct them on how to pose, but rather, let their interactions play out so that I could take authentic couple photos representative of their relationship.
This being said, some couples do need more help than other when it comes to posing. In this blog post I'll be sharing some tips I've learned along the way on how to make ALL couples feel relaxed and comfortable.
Tip #1: Don't over-instruct.
Couples often come in claiming they are awkward on camera and that they don't know how to pose, but chances are, they are better than they think they are. People who aren't used to being in front of the camera tend to overthink movements that they probably do hundreds of times a day: hugging, for example. An easy starting pose for couples who are on the nervous side is a simple hug, it's intimate and it will force them to relax. If your couple asks you 'how', don't over-instruct! I guarantee you that they know how to hug each other, and if you start placing their limbs and instructing them on how to hold each other, it will look weird and awkward 100% of the time.
Tip #2: Props.
A prop is a really easy way to elevate a photo and gives the couple something to do rather than stare at each other. On the day that Lia and Alex had their couple photo session, it was a little bit chilly and I thought it would be cute if I brought my massive blanket from my living room. Tip #1 comes into play a little bit here as well. In my head, I imagined that Lia and Alex would wrap the blanket around each other and do that trendy pose that's all over Instagram right now. But instead, Lia just grabbed it, threw it over herself, and snuggled up, creating these SUPER cute and cosy couple pics. If I had over instructed on how to use it, we wouldn't have gotten these intimate and candid photos.
Tip #3: Talk to your clients.
At the end of the day, it's the photographer's job to make a couple feel comfortable. Posing in a couples session requires a lot more vulnerability than posing for a portrait because the couple is essentially expressing their love and emotions in front of a stranger. For home couple photography sessions, your clients are inviting you into their home and allowing you access to their intimate moments. So don't walk in guns blazing and start shooting, but take the time to set up your gear (maybe a little more time than you actually need), ask them about themselves and how they met, and assure them that the session will be fun and relaxed. Without this foundation of trust, the photos will lack authenticity.