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!

Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey

Every wedding that I have photographed elicits a different feeling, when thinking back on it.  Some have one steady energy all the way through, like a constant stream of excitement.  Others are a wave of different emotions, varying hour by hour, and I can recall feeling them all.

Josh and Michelle’s wedding triggers a deep warmth, a feeling of devotion.  Their wedding was one of the most stirring I have photographed, if only because of how deeply you could see and feel the love that the two of them share.  

The ‘first look’ on the wedding day is always a personal favorite, and this one was no exception. Josh and Michelle could not stop gazing at each other, reveling in the fact that their wedding day was finally here, and they could begin their lives together at last. When it was time for the Chuppah ceremony, it felt as though their emotions reached an apex.  It was hard to keep my eyes dry as I watched Josh and his father share a deep and heartfelt moment.  When Josh smashed the glass, he and Michelle embraced, and there was a collective sigh from everyone watching, witnessing the beginning of this great love story.

Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Prep
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Ring, Detail, Bride, Shoes
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bridal Shoes
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom, Prep
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom Portraits
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride Portraits
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride Portraits
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride Portraits
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride Portraits
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride Portraits
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits, First Look
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits, First Look
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits, First Look
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits, First Look
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits, First Look
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits, First Look
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits, First Look
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits, First Look
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Bedeken, Groom, Dancing
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Bedeken, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Bedeken, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Bedeken, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Chuppah
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom, Chuppah, Walking
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Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Chuppah, Flower Girl
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Chuppah, Bride, Down the Isle
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Chuppah, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Chuppah, Bride, Groom, Rings
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Chuppah, Bride, Groom, Rings
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Chuppah, Bride, Groom, Ketubah
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Chuppah, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Chuppah, Bride Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Chuppah, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Chuppah, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom
Josh and Michelle’s Modern Jewish Wedding at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom

The Wedding Team

Venue: Congregation Keter Torah
Photography: Chaim Schvarcz and David Zimand
Videography: Creative 1080
Caterer: Main Event
Florist: Papaya Events
Gown Designer: Hayley Paige
Musical Entertainment: Neshama