4 Tips to Help You Get the Best Couple Photos

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?

Act Natural


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!

Couple Portraits, Central Park, New York, NYC
Couple Portraits, Central Park, New York, NYC

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-

NYC, Couple portraits, Dumbo, Brooklyn


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.

This session took place in Phoenix, Arizona.  I will be back in Phoenix in April, and I still have a few slots available for photo sessions!  Let's chat  about booking your session!

This session took place in Phoenix, Arizona.  I will be back in Phoenix in April, and I still have a few slots available for photo sessions! Let's chat about booking your session!


I hope you enjoyed these 4 simple tips, let me know if you try any, and send me the result!

Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY

Judaism is full of a variety of religious views, traditions, interpretations and origins, each beautiful and respected in its own way. Jewish weddings, no matter how religious, will always contain some form of tradition.  Having a Chuppah, signing a Ketubah, smashing the glass, and so many other traditions, small and large, can add up to a very meaningful and personal wedding experience.

Sam and her family are Ashkenazi Jews, Yishai’s family are Sephardic Persian Jews, and some of their traditions could not be more different.  The melding of these two families and their customs made this wedding as distinctive as it could be, and even more beautiful to watch and be a part of.

Yishai and Sam are so easygoing and kind to each other and everyone around them.  They are personable and fun, and they spent their time not just welcoming their guests, but entertaining them, in the relaxed and humorous way that they seem to take on life.  I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of photographing their wedding, and I believe that all of the joy and love between these two comes through in every photo.

Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Prep, Bride Prep
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Rings, Engagement Ring
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Wedding Gown, Bridal Bouquet

This beautiful and detailed dress was handmade by the bride and her mother, together. How amazing is that?

Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Portrait
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride Portrait, Shoes
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride Portrait, Shoes

These shoes give a small look into Sam's personality.  Fun, different and not afraid to stand out-in the most awesome way! I knew to expect my wife to ask me where these shoes were from immediately upon seeing these photos. Just as I was not surprised when she asked, she was not surprise to hear that I had no idea.

Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bridal Party, Bridesmaids
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom, Prep
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom Portrait
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom Portraits
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom, Bedeken
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bedeken
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Bedeken
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Bedeken
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah

I absolutely love the outdoor Chuppah at Crest Hollow Country Club.  It makes you feel like you are standing in your own secret garden.

Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah, Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Dancing

This was actually my favorite moment of the day.  According to Sephardic tradition, a groom greets his bride on her way to the Chuppah, and together they walk the rest of the way.  Yishai didn't stop there.  He danced his way to Sam, and together, they danced toward the Chuppah, and towards the rest of their lives.

Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride Groom
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Wedding Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Wedding Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Grooom, Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Wedding Cake
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, First Dance
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, First Dance
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Father of the Bride, Father Daughter Dance
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Father of the Bride, Father Daughter Dance
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Mother of the Bride

You know it's a good night when the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom are dancing (and drinking) together!


The Wedding Team:

Venue: Crest Hollow Country Club
Photography: Chaim Schvarcz and
Caterer: New Star Caterers
Music: Nafshenu Orchestra
Gown: Handmade by the Bride + Mom
Flowers: Fran Campbell
Hair: April Hillis from April and Company
Makeup: Bride + Bridal Party