A successful photo shoot with your partner includes a few things:
You both become relaxed around me and with each other
The two of you share a laugh.
You find a moment of connection in which you completely forget I’m even there.
All of my client’s favorite photos are those that are less posed and more moments. If you haven’t worked with me before you may wonder how in the world can I get this comfortable with my significant other AND have a stranger capture it.
Well, first of all...I’m no stranger. Or at least, I won’t be by the time our session is over. I take building realationships (yes,I meant to spell it like that) with my clients very seriously. I respect the fact during a couples session you are making an investment to celebrate your relationship with photos, and in return, I invest time to get to know the two of you better. I believe that this is the first step in creating your most treasured images together.
I also know that feeling comfortable on camera takes time as well and I will be sharing 3 ways you can feel comfortable on camera with your partner.
I want us to reframe how we think about awkwardness. When we experience it, it is a level of unfamiliarity. Take away the initial nerves, stress, and discomfort from a situation and you no longer experience awkwardness. In order to get the photos you really desire, overcome the feeling of awkwardness by getting awkward. You are free to just be, no matter how many unfl attering faces you make or however many times you mistakenly blink mid-shot.
Fun Fact: I’ve never received feedback from a client that said “hey, I look really silly in this photo” It’s not about how you look; it’s about how you feel during the session and the memories that come to mind when you look back at your albums.
Talk About Each Other
Nothing brings a couple together quite like affirming one another does. Another way to get more comfortable with your partner on camera is by talking about one another. What do you love? What do they do to make you laugh? What’s a story about them that you’ll never forget? This is truly when I take a step back and let the moment unfold. Although you’re talking about your partner, you’re entering into a moment of genuine connection by acknowledging the things that make being with your significant other worth it. Talking about one another generally leads to a moment like this:
Come Prepared To Love on Your Partner
Preparedness is key no matter what kind of photo session you invest in. You can find many resources on what to wear for your engagement shoot, places to take your engagement photos, etc. But there is a a level of mental preparedness you must also be mindful of.
Come prepared to love on your partner. Write down a few things you love most of about them.
If you’re not comfortable with getting physically close on your own, I can’t promise to magically make your photos appear as if you do. Spend some time the day before your session, or even hours before, sitting next to one another, holding hands, making some time for genuine conversation. It’s a much needed ice breaker for going into a session where you plan to celebrate your connection.
The prerequisite for a couples session that feels free, organic, and fun is to have a solid foundation, a little prep work done, and embracing each other for who you truly are. If you’re interested in booking a session with your significant other for an engagement, anniversary, or just because, contact me here so we can begin discussing how to create a session for you and your lover that leaves you with reminders of why loving them is worth it.