What I've Learned From Having a Couples Session of My Own
Recently I got my photos taken by a local photographer, Ashley, from Ivo and Ash Imagery. It was the first time me or Brandon had been in front of the camera, ever. I even did my senior pictures on my own. We decided to have them done to celebrate our 5 year anniversary!
Since it was my first time in front of the camera, I wanted to share some insight to my couples on how it is to have your photos taken, in the model's perspective.
1. Picking out a location is really hard.
The choices are quite literally endless. Choosing one that you love, that's free, and that relates to the both of you is super difficult.
2. Picking out an outfit is REALLY REALLY hard.
I flip flopped from dressing fancy ballroom to super casual and normal to semi formal. I stuck with semi formal because I wanted to have some dressy photos of us where we felt super fancy. But still! It took me and Brandon 4 separate shopping trips!
3. The first 10 minutes are the roughest and most awkward.
Get through that, and you're golden. If you've never been in front of the camera for a long period of time, it takes a bit to get used to. Luckily our photographer was super cool and made us feel at ease after a bit.
4. Posing isn't what you think it'll be.
This one I already knew from experience, but it's true! You're not going to be sitting there with a forced smile on your face for the entire hour. Posing isn't how it used to be years ago. Now-a-days, photographers (including myself) strive for getting REAL smiles through movement and action. It makes it a whole lot less awkward, too.
5. You'll be in each other's face for most of the time.
An engagement or couples session is about connection and feeling. Even if looking into each other's eyes isn't something you two do on the regular, it's nice to have images that show such. It was actually super nice to have a whole 1.5 hours where it was just me and him kissing, looking into each other's eyes, and being cutesy. It'll give you those butterflies.
6. It CAN be awkward, and that's okay.
My advice for this, is to just tell you straight up: IT'LL FEEL MORE AWKWARD THAN IT WILL LOOK ON CAMERA. For example, in one of the below images, Brandon's picking me up for a kiss. Looks like we're naturals, right? Wrong. Very wrong. It took us 3+ tries just to understand what she was asking! I can tell you, it was not as graceful and romantic as it looks. :)
7. EAT BEFOREHAND
You may not want to eat for fear of getting bloated, but lemme tell you: you will feel starving halfway through. Nourish that bod so you don't feel crappy!
8.Get your hair, nails, and makeup done by a PROFESSIONAL.
I promise you, it will be SO worth it. You'll feel like a queen (or king) and your images will come out more like you want it. I'm not saying you need to look like a different person, though. If you outsource all of that stressful stuff to someone who knows what they're doing, it'll take a whole lot of stress off of you.
9. BRING A BOUQUET!
The biggest worry couples have is not knowing what to do with their hands. Having a bouquet eliminates a lot of that stress, because you'll always have something. Plus, it sure does make the photos look fancier.
10. Dress to Impress.
I always tell couples to bring a fancy outfit. This is because I really believe everyone should have some nice images where they're all dressed up with their love. It's something they can cherish forever. If you're not into fancy outfits, please ignore. Because essentially, you want to be yourselves. I don't typically dress fancy, but I LOVE to dress up. This was a perfect opportunity.
I included some of my favorites from the session, if anyone wanted to see how fancy we look! Doesn't he look so handsome?!