Are you planning a couple photoshoot to mark some special occasion in your life? Or planning to capture your bond and love for each other on images and videos? It all sounds great. A couple photoshoot is a great way to seize your love for eternity, to celebrate your bond and get hold of some good times in life and put them in frames to savour forever. We say every couple should rejoice in their moments of intimacy and camaraderie and indulge in a hearty photoshoot once in a while. Such engaging activities brings the couple together, strengthens their love and also encapsulates some of the priceless moments of life that are may be difficult to express in words.
For the same reason, a lot of couples plan a pre wedding photoshoot ahead of their wedding to mark those special days. But we say, why just before a wedding. No matter at what stage of life you are in, a couple in a relationship should get themselves clicked every once in a while to keep the spark alive and capture their moments together for posterity. Whether you are 1 year into a marriage, 10 years or celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, a couple photoshoot is one of the most romantic ways to indulge in love and express it to your better half.
Planning a Couple Photoshoot? – Keep These Things in Mind
Well, anything done unplanned seldom turns out terrific and same is the case with a couple photoshoot. The more thought, hard work and creativity that you put into it, the better the images would turn out. And we are sure you would only want the best for yourself as a couple, won’t you? It would all be even more rewarding when you would post those images on Facebook and Instagram and have loads of compliments coming your way.
– The first step is to choose the perfect theme and mood board. Scout through numerous images on Pinterest and Instagram. You should know what aligns the best with your ideation and the image that you have in your mind for your couple photoshoot. Be all creative, innovative and ready to get out of your comfort zone. Standing next to each other holding hands is so passé. Even giving candid shots is also very regular and mundane these days. Look for a concept, a visual that has a deeper meaning to it. The whole shoot should emote a sentiment, should speak for itself.
– Make sure that both the partners are involved in the planning for the couple photoshoot since step 1. If both are not involved and invested in every step of the planning, then the same would translate in the final images. Both should feel connected, and related to the whole subject. Also, the idea behind is to not just get some pleasant images shot but also live through the entire process. Enjoy the experience and have a great deal of fun moments. A couple photoshoot is not just an activity that one has to get done with; it is rather a way for couples to fall in love with each other more.
– Find a good photographer; and by “good” we mean someone who has a noted repertoire of work. He should have a good understanding of angles, light and a creative bent to capture best shots. Ideally, look for someone who has extensively done couple photoshoots before.
– Have a detailed conversation with the photographer about each aspect of the shoot. Communicate to him your sentiment about the shoot, your ideation and the final visual output that you wish to achieve. Be open to his ideas; brainstorm what would work the best. The more relaxed and candid that you would be with your photographer, the better would be the results. It always helps to break the ice with the person who is going to take your shots!
– Once your mood board and reference images are ready, finalize the location. Though outdoor locations work wonderfully well because of the amazing shoot-friendly natural light, it all depends on the theme of your mood board. If the set-up is in a studio or an enclosed space, discuss the same with your photographer. It is sacrosanct to have the perfect lightening and the background to get those drool-worthy shots. Good lightening is what differentiates a mediocre image from an excellent professional shot. Discuss all about the location, angles and lightening with your photographer.
– Work well on your outfits. Wear something extravagant in accordance with your theme that comes out really well in the images. If you think the images would not capture the minute details, you are grossly mistaken. It is each small detail that makes for that perfect final image in totality. Invest yourself into every aspect. If you cannot find something stylish in your wardrobe, reach out to your friends and family. If you have any designer friends, request them to outsource you an outfit. There are also a lot of rental platforms these days, both for the Indian wear and couture, from where you can source your garments. Make it royal, retro, vintage, indo western, whatever you may like. But your outfits, jewellery and accessories make for a major component of your couple photoshoot so research well on the same.
– A lot of couples neglect the makeup and hair when it comes to doing a photoshoot. You have to make yourself feel that you are shooting for a Vogue Magazine cover and everything has to be flawless and impeccable and then put in efforts accordingly. If you would treat you photoshoot any less than that, believe us, the images won’t turn out jaw-dropping. Set the benchmarks really high from the word GO! For the makeup, either you should have a well-practiced hand understanding all the makeup nuances or hire a professional. There are a lot of expert makeup artistes easily available on online platforms, you may reach out to one of them or ask anyone in your acquaintance who is good with the skill. Use good products because believe us, it is all going to show in the images. A low quality base or face powder shows really unpleasantly in the images. Even a wrongly smudged eye makeup or the highlighter or contour not applied correctly is all going to show up magnifies in the images. So, make sure your makeup is done with premium products and by a professional hand.
– As per your theme, you may choose to add some props to enhance the overall effect. Maybe flowers, some antics or anything that figures in your mood board.
– Play really well with your expressions. Leave out the nervous energies. Loosen up your body and hold a strong body language. If at all it helps, indulge in some stretching exercise before the shoot so that your muscles do not feel stiff and your endorphin levels soar high. Give out your expressions naturally. Your photographer must give you time to adapt and get into the moment. It is only after several takes, that you would get into the groove and start getting desired shots.
– You may ask your photographer to also make a quick video for you while the shots are being captured. Videos appeal better to our senses and it is a treat watching them over and over again. You may also have a friend with you who can capture all the ‘behind-the-scenes’ action on their phone camera, that you can enjoy in later.
– Finally, have lots of fun while being a part of the couple photoshoot. The more you enjoy the process together, the better the images would be. Play some background music to add that whole vibe. Also, a photoshoot should never be done in a rush. Have plenty of time in hand. Take breaks in between if you get tired, but do not just give up till you get each shot perfect to your expectation.
Have fun ‘couple photo-shooting’!