What couple doesn't want great photos of themselves? It isn't self-centered or vain, it is our way of capturing a memory of a great time. Of course, it helps that we spent hours getting ready for said great time, and that we look awesome. Maybe you’re at a friends wedding at The Pierre in Manhattan, hanging out at a hipster bar in Dumbo or just having a game night with family. How can you get the best photo of you and your partner, the one that will be perfect to be hung on the fridge, on a wall, or just posted on Instagram and Facebook?
Posed photos are great, but don’t you love seeing photos of couples who are a little more relaxed? Instead of standing next to your partner and smiling at the camera head on, let loose a bit! Adjust your tie or piece of jewelry (or do it for your partner!), glance at your loved one, or whisper a compliment in their ear. There are so many ways to change it up without needing to fake a smile or laugh!
Dance like no one is watching! Its a great way to get close, and not in a way that makes other uncomfortable.
Above, Not Below
This one is pretty straight forward. Request that the person taking your photo take it from higher then your shoulder height. Anything lower than that will likely not be as flattering (unless you’re a professional model!). Nothing wrong with searching out the tallest person in the room to get that perfect shot. And on that note-
The More the Merrier
Don't be embarrassed to ask the person who is taking your photo to take a few more, with a few more ‘poses’ in mind. If they are a professional photographer, it is their job, and they would certainly be happy to do so. If it is a friend who offered, then they likely don't mind anyway! The more photos you have of yourselves, the more choice, and the higher chance of finding one you love!
Light Is EVERYTHING
Shadows follow us everywhere we go (literally). You can take the absolute sweetest photo with your partner, but if there is a shadow across half of your face, its a lost cause, no matter how many filters you put on it. For the best outdoor photo, try and stand in the shade and make sure the background is not much brighter than where you are standing. If you cant, place the sun behind you, no one wants a squinty photo staring at the sun! If you are indoors, try and take a photo in a brightly lit area. If there is dim or mood lighting, you can use flash, but don’t stand too close to the camera so you can avoid a super bright face and a dim background.
I hope you enjoyed these 4 simple tips, let me know if you try any, and send me the result!