When we hear the word romantic, what comes to our mind is a dreamy, poetic, passionate, and full of unspoken affection and sometimes, a touch of mystery. However, when it comes to romantic couple portraits, I would want something a little bit more artistic than the usual but with a touch of the natural side.
We at Infinity A Media Store photograph weddings and often do a pre-wedding or an engagement shoot with the couple beforehand. For many of my couples, it's for the first time, they are being photographed together in an intimate way where they are expected to be affectionate and loving towards each other in public. I would feel very awkward if I were in their places. But as part of our job, we aim to make the whole experience less painful for them.
The warm-up session
The first 15-20 minutes of the shoot should be a warm-up. Our team gives the couple some suggestions. We then tell the couple we are just going to start with few photos and there is no pressure for anything to be perfect at the first click. And the purpose of having a warm-up is to get used to the camera and to feeling really silly about everything so that they can laugh as much as they like at themselves.
It is okay to feel awkward and laugh at themselves. We encourage them to be natural and help them get rid of any self-conscious feelings. I tell them to just laugh it all off, not to mind passers-by, who they will never see again.
So, the five tips for a perfect couple portrait session.
Finding the perfect light