A couple photo shoot can be tricky to arrange, especially when you want it to be just right. That’s why we have taken the liberty of writing down a few tips and tricks on how to enjoy your amazing session with your other half without any hassle, so that you’ll smile even without having to say, well, you know, that cheesy word.
Location, Location, Location
The idea of location doesn’t only affect what will be behind you on your lovely new pics. It will have an effect on your mood, mindset and eventually, on the way you’ll feel and look in the photos. If you are an easygoing, party-loving couple, you might enjoy an open lively place or a city street for your photo session. If you want to feel the romance and love in the air, a lovely hidden garden might be more of your thing. Enjoy luxury? No problem. A chateau or a top hotel may be just what you’re looking for.
Whatever your wish may be, feel free to tell your photographer. They are, after all, professionals, and they now their cities really, really well. Some locations can be tricky, as some park gardens and public spaces can be temporarily shut or even prohibit commercial photography, so it is always a good idea to discuss your thoughts with our pros in advance.
And trust us, there’s nothing more pleasing to a photographer, then taking pictures of a really happy couple at a place they like.
The Good Time(s)
Not only the place, but also the time of the day can work wonders and move your session up that tiny little notch that makes all the difference. It is always worth it planning your photo shoot either in the morning or in the evening. The light really does its magic in what they call the “Golden hour”. This is the time when the photos work out best, creating a warm and attractive vibe thanks to the angled sunlight.
The mornings give you the possibility to avoid all the tourists the day will bring. By the way, meeting a friendly photographer early in the morning – who even knows the city really well – will also mean loads of useful tips on what to see during your stay. The evening photo session, on the other hand, can offer more of a romantic feel, with the setting sun creating an irreplaceable atmosphere.
Oh and another little trick – whenever you get the chance, try and book a photo shoot during working days. This will help you avoid the tourist crowds even more (wink, wink).
What to Wear to be the Perfect Pair
The general rule of thumb is very simple here: Wear whatever makes you feel good and comfy. This does not necessarily mean bringing your favorite baggy pajamas around the world with you, but wearing anything brand new isn’t the best idea either. New clothes can make you feel uneasy or lose confidence, which is the last thing you want for a photo shoot. Also, unless you want to show off your newest brand collection, a no-logo and brand mark policy is a way to go.
As every fashion guru knows, shoes are always a good place to start. Wearing a sleek, but comfortable pair has never hurt anyone and photo shoots are no exceptions. Having said that, if you want to enjoy a really relaxed or romantic session, bare feet can create an intimate, loving atmosphere. This does depend on your location, however, so it is always a good idea to harmonize your background with your outfit. After all, you wouldn’t really wear a relaxed Hawaiian shirt to a concert hall, right? A tweed jacket at a beach would also look a bit out of place, but might look just right in the city center.
If time is not the issue for your photo shoot, it’s always best to bring along two or three outfit combinations and try out what works best for you.
Last but not least, you are a couple; so thinking about matching outfits is definitely in order. But trust us, wearing exactly the same clothes has never helped. It is a good idea not to clash, so maybe hinting the same color in different shades could be the way to go. Subtleness is the word to remember here.
Talking about shades, resist the urge to put on more make-up than you would on any other day. Not only will it make you uncomfortable, it can also negatively affect your photo expressions.
If you want to move the photo shoot up another level, ask us about a professional make up artist, who will always find a suitable solution.
Special tip: Are you planning a secret proposal photo shoot? Check out our guide here.
Posing: The Eternal Issue
There are many ways to approach a photo shoot. You can get a set of formal photographs, which will look great and representative even in 50 years. Or get some breathtakingly romantic photos, even taken paparazzi style, as if the photographer weren’t even there. It’s all up to your personal style, all up to your preference. The Localgrapher professionals can always help you choose the ideal style for a particular location, but if you have a preferred pose or activity, all the better. After all, this is you expressing yourself.
A way to go could be imagining yourself in your own Localgrapher photo book (check it out here) and visualizing your exact ideal photo set. Then tell your photographer about your vision and they can make it happen just the way you want it.
Shooting in the rain?
If the weather forecast seems a bit too unfortunate, no worries. A photo shoot in a charming light drizzle can make your photos absolutely unforgettable. The tender electricity and mystery in the air really does come through. A session just before a dramatic storm will have its magic too, the light playing a once in a lifetime role. If the clouds are too heavy, however, you can always contact your photographer and reschedule your session for some other time.
The most important thing about the whole photo shoot is you and your beloved other half. So, there’s no need to worry too much and stress out about the whole thing, just be yourself and the Localgrapher professionals will already know what to do. You are here to make your memories last forever and to have a reminder of your trip that will last a lifetime. And believe us, when you share those memories with friends and family, they will definitely wish it had been them smiling in those pictures.
So, to sum it all up, let’s create a little checklist to keep things organized:
Make your location count. Choose a place you would normally enjoy seeing, have fun there and spend some time with your loved one, while our photographer makes the fun last forever.
Plan your photo shoot for the mornings or evenings. The light works best and you definitely won’t regret it. After all, who wants to smile when they’re all sleepy after that hearty lunch and in the middle of all those tourists, right?
Feel free to ask your photographer about some handy local tips, they’ll always be happy to help.
Try not to wear anything brand new or anything that would clash with your partner. If you’re shooting in a city center, it might be a good idea to leave your most whimsical shirt at the hotel, for once.
Choose your favorite way of shooting and have it exactly how you want it. If you like posing, go ahead. If you don’t, you can even have your session done in the paparazzi-est style and enjoy that celebrity feeling we all want to have sometimes.
Shooting in the rain or dramatic weather can be very romantic and your photos can be just brimming with atmosphere. If the weather is too poor, though, contact your photographer and talk about another date.
The photographer is here to make you feel happy and get you some amazing photos. If you have any issues, just ask them for help and they’ll already know what to do.
Don’t forget to enjoy your session. The whole thing is, after all, meant to be a celebration of your relationship and happiness. So let those teeth show and have a good time!