So often at my sessions, I hear couples say "We don't know what to do in front of the camera. We're awkward. We've never had pictures done before."
Hey, that's okay.
You don't have to be America's Next Top Model to have captivating photos, you just need to be authentic and in love. Sounds simple, right? Of course I will provide guidance and and help direct you during your session, but here are 5 ways that you can ensure that your engagement or wedding photos (or any other session with your bae) is emotion-filled and hang-on-the-wall-worthy.
1. Hold each other
Hold each other, snuggle, hold hands, kiss. The more snuggly and lovey dovey you are the better!
When you look at an engagement pictures or wedding pictures there is so much story to be told just by a simple touch. When in doubt, wrap your arms around each other and let your interactions between each other say it all.
Yeah, that's right. I said it.
I know it contradicts e v e r y t h i n g you've ever been told; "Hold still for the camera. Sit still. Look at the camera. Don't move."
WRONG. Nope. Not when you're in front of my camera.
Movement creates a story. So walk together, twirl, dance, tickle, give each other eskimo kisses...any of it. All of it.
3. Talk to each other
"But won't we look silly? Won't you get a lot of pictures of us talking that don't look good?"
Yes, and yes. But guess what? For every picture that doesn't really turn out how we want when you're talking, there will be 3 more adorable ones of you talking and laughing and blushing and being totally absorbed in your conversation together. Nothing looks better on camera than actual emotion, genuine smiles, and real laughter.
4. Get close. Like, really close.
"Get a little closer, little bit more." If you've ever had a session with me, you know that this is my #1 catch phrase.
Well, maybe not #1. "Okay, one more." is probably my most used phrase of all time.
Get in closer.
I know everyone is use to "Look at the camera, SMILE!" But throw that out the window. Look at your significant other. Smile at them. There's no way you can get too close to them. So wrap your arms around each other and get a lil closer.
5. Be totally, unapologetically silly together!
Be total goofballs! Don't come to a session with me and act like you aren't completely and utterly goofy people. You wouldn't be marrying each other if you couldn't make each other laugh until your sides hurt! Don't be afraid to show off your silly side by cracking jokes, tickling, making ugly faces at each other, because once you start giggling you won't be able to stop!
6. (WHAT? 6? I thought this was only giving us 5 helpful tips!?
Nope. Here's #6.)
Use your session, and all these tips listed above, to remind each other how much you care about each other and how special the bond you share is.
When you look back at your photos, I want you to look back and say to yourself, "I know exactly what we were laughing about right here!"
"We had so much fun this day!"
Picture's don't have to be stressful, or posey, or awkward. Be yourselves. Be together. Be in love.