Romantic Photos Inspiration By ShootDotEdit Customers
1. Erin Morrison Photography
2. Lovers of Love
3. Olson Design Photography
4. Brandi Allyse Photography
5. Diane Nicole Photography
6. IQ Photo
7. Trevor Hooper Photography
8. Looyenga Photography
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Tips For Taking Romantic Photos Of Your Couples
1. Start With Making Your Couple Comfortable
Helping your couples get comfortable with you is one of the many the unsaid rules of wedding or engagement photography. Every couple you photograph is going to be different, and not all of them are going to love being in front of the camera. Therefore, to get amazing photos of them and essentially, to do your job as their photographer, there are some things you could do to help them relax. You could start with a warm up and just photograph them as they go about getting ready to pose for you or you could lighten the mood a little by telling them how exceptionally awkward it’s going to get when you tell them to look at a tree or a car and start laughing. It’s normal for couples to feel weird about being asked to show some PDA while there’s a camera right in front of them or to take a random 5-step walk, but it’s also okay for you to tell them that it’s okay if they feel totally silly doing that. It’s all a part of the process. Just laugh along with them.
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2. Focus On Posing
The point about helping your couples get comfortable brings us to our second point, which is about your posing cues. There are high chances that by the time you get to the wedding day or the engagement session, you probably know your couple quite well. You know what they are like and you know what they like and how they want their photographs to look. Your posing cues should more or less align with who you are photographing. If your couple feels awkward about PDA, telling them to kiss while you take a photo of them is probably not going to get you incredible results. Instead, you could take that kiss shot as a candid, when you catch them in the middle of it.
Similarly, if you know your couple feels awkward about a certain kind of pose, then try to find an alternative to it. Make them laugh genuinely, ask them to do a little dance (play a romantic song if you can), ask them to just look at each other, or look in the opposite direction or simply take a short walk toward you and then turn around and walk away from you – find cues that will keep them from freezing in front of the camera. Even if you ask the bride to whisper into the groom’s ear, they are more likely to burst out laughing, so that’s another cue for you!
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3. Location Matters
Usually, couples decide on a wedding venue or engagement session or surprise proposal location because they share a personal connection with that particular spot. So while documenting that ‘love is in the air’ vibe is about taking romantic photos of your couple, that romance can also be connected with the location they have chosen. Don’t be afraid of the location overshadowing your couple’s romance. Adding architectural or natural elements to your couple’s photos is more likely to help enhance the photos. Also, while you may not have much of a say when it comes to weddings, if your couple is open to it, you could take them to some pretty epic locations that they might have never seen before. Some places just give off the most romantic vibes, and when the location is so lovely, how can the photos not be?
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4. Think In Terms Of Time + Lighting
Just like the location, the time of day can also enhance the romance in your photos. While you can’t always take photos according to the time of the day, the golden or the blue hours can offer exceptional lighting conditions for dreamy photos. You could go the natural photography way, go with the light and airy style, or go with a dark and moody photography style for your couple. Both of these can help you take super romantic photos. While light and airy photos generally look more whimsical and are synonymous with fairy-tale romance, dark and moody photos can be equally romantic, with a hint of mystery attached to them.
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5. Freeze Authentic Moments
While a shot list can help you anticipate key moments during your couple’s engagement shoot or the wedding day, sometimes, going beyond that shot list can help you capture magic. Like we said above, by the time you get to actually photographing your couple, you might already know some things about them. Little quirks or subtle habits that only someone who has really observed them will know. And while they might not realize how well you’ve studied them as a couple, seeing these little personal moments documented without asking you to do so will make them happy. Besides the poses and the locations and lighting, photos that exude that ‘love is in the air’ vibe is also about freezing authentic moments as they unfold. Moments that only you can see as their photographer. So watch out for them when your couple is in front of you!
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Love Is In The Air And Your Photos Too!
Well, there you have it! The art of capturing the love in the air is teamwork. When you get your couples to relax and be comfortable in front of the camera and actually give you a glimpse of their romance, it will automatically become easier for you to capture that in photos. Don’t force it; when you document moments as they unfold, you get to photograph a more authentic side of it. While posing is great and can help you get the most romantic pictures of your couple, just letting them be themselves and taking some candid photos could also do the trick! You know your couples best, so you know what’s going to work for them and what you have to do in order to get the perfect version of them for their photos.
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