How to Take Cute Couples Pictures
my husband and i love taking photos together but a selfie stick can only you get you so far. aside from our (gorgeous and awesome) wedding photos, we didn’t have many high quality ones of us together and we have changed quite a bit from those 4 years ago.
i mean, the amount of grey hairs i have now is impressive and my husband no longer has such a baby face.
we decided we wanted to invest in getting some new pictures of us as well as some new head shots, because we are going on exciting adventures together! so let’s chat about how to take cute couples pictures together! since our wedding photographer/friend lives back in colorado, we searched for a local portland, oregon photographer.
we spoke to a few and then ultimately decided to go with kim, who owns photos by kim. we love the style of her photographs, she’s friendly and attentive and makes you feel ultra comfortable (this is important).
i wanted to share a few tips with you on how to take cute couples pictures because i started feeling nervous about this before our shoot (i’m talking sleepless nights and way too many selfies of clothing options sent to my mother). if you can feel confident about how to prepare for the photo session, i can guarantee you will be much happier with the outcome!
1) find a photographer that you feel comfortable with and knows your city
this is incredibly important and i’m so glad we went with kim (no, she’s not paying me to say that, i’m genuinely thrilled with how our photos came out). of course you never really know how you’ll work with someone until the work gets started, but pay attention to how the photographer makes you feel during your phone calls and meeting. is there a good vibe there or sort of weird? trust the vibe.
i don’t know the science behind it but whenever us humans get in front of a camera, sometimes we get weird and fake so you’ll need to ensure you’re comfortable with the one holding the camera!
the photographer should also be familiar with the city you want to have photos done in. we’ve lived in generally the same area of downtown portland for the past 6 years but we didn’t know what would make a great background. good thing she’s experienced and knew it would be a great shot of us downtown with the light rail passing in the background! never would have thought of that.
2) pick clothing that is complimentary with one another
this was the most stressful part for me. i don’t consider myself the most fashionable person. let’s just be real and get it out there that my mom still picks out 93% of my clothes otherwise i’d just wear my concert t-shirts from high school all. the. time.
select colors that compliment your skin tone and look good together.
for example, if your husband is going to be wearing a patterned shirt, then you should be in something more subdued as to not conflict the eyes when they see the photo. likewise for what you want to wear (more on this later).
3) ask for the shots you want
is there a certain feel or look you’re going for in these photos? don’t be afraid to share this with your photographer. on this same point, if your photographer says the lighting wouldn’t be good or has a different suggestion, listen to her or him on that point because they actually know what they are talking about.
since portland is a quirky city, i thought it would be fun to get our famous voodoo donuts in there because they are pretty and delicious. this also spiked my blood sugar just when i needed it so double bonus for not passing out either!
he really did surprise me with a whole box of donuts instead of just one…that’s a good husband right there.
4) be yourselves
as i had all my solidly colored clothes laid out for the photoshoot, i randomly pulled one of my favorite dresses from my closet and said to the photographer (and her amazing assistant), “this is probably too much, huh?”
kim’s response was perfect. she said “if that’s you and you feel great in it, i love it and you should wear it!” so i did.
#2 plays in here since i’m wearing a loud pattern, my husband is wearing something solid so we don’t clash.
we are a fun couple (if i do say so myself) so we didn’t want photos that came off stuffy or posed. even though we are fun, the next piece is super important…
5) loosen up and have fun!
this one took us a bit to get the hang of but thank goodness kim and her assistant got us laughing and made us feel comfortable soon after because having fun matters. you can actually tell in our faces when we are posed and a little uncomfortable. most of it’s in the eyes and smile. was it tyra banks that said our eyes need to be “smizing” or smiling with our eyes?
let’s play “which one is better…A or B?”
the answer is B folks because we both have non-sparkly eyes in the first one!
TIP: start telling your photographer how you met and about your first date. progress into a travel story that went wrong that you can laugh about now. these things get you focused more on your mood and relieving happy/funny things so you have sparkly and genuine looks on your faces!
i also spent a lot of time thinking and preparing about non-corporate/stuffy head shots so if there’s any interest in that, let me know and i’d be happy to share for individual shots. i’d absolutely recommend working with photos by kim if you’re in the portland area because you can obviously tell she’s an amazing photographer!
when you incorporate these strategies on how to take cute couples photos, you will be in good shape whether it’s for your engagement photoshoot, wedding, or later in your life!
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1) how comfortable are you in front of the camera?
2) how do you feel about jumping photos?
3) what kind of quirky thing would you add to your photos (mine was the donut in shots that will appear on the blog later!) ?
*any interest in talking about non-stuffy head shots?