If you’ve booked a photo session for you and your partner, there’s a few things you should know. Preparing for your couple’s portrait session beforehand will make your shoot go more smoothly, keep you and your beloved from getting on each other’s nerves, and, most importantly, guarantee you some intimate, romantic photos. I’m talking the kind of photos you see on pinterest or in magazines. We all want that! And we deserve to have it!
First and foremost, it’s important to understand what a couple’s portrait is. A couple’s portrait takes two people–two very different people–and makes them look like they belong together. They are a twosome, a pair. And they match. They’ve “yoked” per say. The two become one for this photo. This is achieved through clothing color choices, which you can read about it my post, Clothing Choices: Colors and Styles for Your Portraits. It’s also achieved through posing. Posing that looks intimate, which require close proximity to your mate. Blog post about that still to come!
In the movie Shall We Dance starring Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere, there’s a part where Jennifer says something about the purpose of the couple’s dance that I believe also applies to the couple’s portrait. She says to Richard Gere, “You are the frame. She is the picture in your frame. Everything you do is to show her off.” This is the same with couple’s portraits. Yes, the male is important in the photo, and we do want to see his face too, but the most romantic photos highlight her.
So, if you’re a female reading this, first you must accept that fact (which can be hard if you’re not used to being the center of attention), and second, you need to talk to your partner about it. The purpose of the photo is to create the look of intimacy. And that is most often achieved when he is looking lovingly at her.