8 Tips We Love for Photographing Couples

How to capture the love in couples photos

February 14th. Whether you love it or hate it, one thing is for sure: Valentine’s Day means more pictures of couples flooding your feed.

If you’re considering posting a cute, new photo of you and your boo this weekend or planning to photograph a couple for your blog, we’ve compiled a few suggestions to help you do just that.

1. Wear Complementary Clothing

Pick outfits that make you feel good, match in terms of formality, and just go well together. You want to strike that perfect balance between wearing completely unrelated outfits and looking like Britney and Justin circa 2001. In the example here, you can see how the patterned shawl includes gray that helps tie together with the solid, gray sweater.

Couples Photography Tips - closeup of a couple with complementary clothing

2. Go Easy on the PDA

Most people don’t want to see a full on make-out shot. Instead, show your closeness with an almost kiss, posing forehead to forehead, or a kiss on the cheek.

Couples Photography Tips - two men in a field of flowers, one kissing the other on the cheek

3. Similar Expression

Make sure you’re both conveying the same emotion. If one person is more pensive and romantic while the other is laughing, it can feel a bit awkward.

Couples Photography Tips - couple smiling in front of red and green floral trees

4. Interact with each other

Get a cute candid by engaging with each other and having fun. Keep it simple with just walking together hand-in-hand or take it up a notch by picking each other up or even dancing.

Couples Photography Tips - man and woman smiling while standing on a bridge

5. Be yourselves

If you’re the goofy couple, be goofy. If you’re more of the quiet and reserved type, then showcase that part of your personalities. When thinking about the overall tone of the photos, you’ll also want to consider things like location and personal styling to fit the mood you’re going for.

Couples Photography Tips - closeup of female couple holding hands and smiling

6. Share the spotlight

No one should always be the sidekick, i.e. the one always giving you the kiss on the cheek or looking at you lovingly. Take turns being the focal point or, better yet, do more 50/50.

Couples Photography Tips - photo of a couple with woman kissing the man on the forehead7. Take a step back

If you’re farther away from the camera to get the backdrop in the frame – no need to smile at the camera. Get a nice silhouette or look at each other for that fairy-tale photo.

Couples Photography Tips - silhouette of a couple near the beach during sunset

8. Hire a pro

When in doubt, hire someone to take photos of you and your boo. Talk with your photographer about the things you enjoy doing together and what you have in mind to get the most out of your session.

Couples Photography Tips - young girl holding a camera

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Author Kim Garrison is a product manager at Cision. She also is a snowboarder, photographer, and Washington Capitals fan.

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