Today on the blog, we indulge in a little golden hour magic with Chris & Kelly. I also use these gorgeous photos to give some top tips for couple shoots. I'm working with so many couples this year, and thought some of you might appreciate a few tips on how to approach having your photos taken as a couple- without wincing from awkwardness. Don't forget to read through for Chris and Kelly's 'Nearly-Wed Q&A'...
You know, there's a thin line between soft focus cheesy and genuine sweetness. Most couples who come to do a shoot like this, worry that they'll end up looking cheesy as hell. It can be a daunting prospect. Here are a few tips to help the nerves and avoid the cheese.
COUPLE SHOOT TOP TIPS-
If you feel awkward, laugh about it together. Talk about absolutely anything together, even if its random, just to help you both forget the camera is there. The most important thing when you first start, is to let the anticipation and self-consciousness fade away. In my experience, time itself does the trick.
As you both begin to ease into the shoot, don't be shy to be close. Begin with holding hands, and talking with your faces close together. And if it helps, speak in hushed tones so the photographer cannot hear you. This can sometimes create a little more intimacy, and a photographer will only thank you for that. Also, don't get stuck in a single pose.. Move your hands around each other, touch each others faces and hair and maintain eye contact as much as possible.
Help each other out. It's often so much easier to make other people feel comfortable, than it is to forget your own worries. So use it to your advantage, and help each other out. You'll end up focussing less on how you have to be, and how to help each other.
Don't talk about the wedding! As close to mind as wedding plans are, try not to quiz each other about table centres. Your photographer will end up with a very serious looking set of photos. Try and talk about lovely memories, ask each other about when you first met; your favourite holiday; or most embarrassing moments.
It sounds obvious, but be outrageous flirts together. And allow yourselves to muck about too. This gives pictures energy and life. Physically move around together, throw each other about a bit, and ask your photographer to guide you through this.
TRUST YOUR TOG -
Trust your photographer. If they have offered you a pre-wedding shoot, they already know the value of practicing this experience. And if you have chosen them, you already know you love their work. So work with them, trust them, and try not to push against their suggestions and advice. It's a team effort!
PUT IT DOWN TO EXPERIENCE -
Remember everything you did! This is, after all, a practice run for your wedding day. The best thing about these practice shoots, is that you have the luxury of time and space. On the wedding day, you probably won't have this luxury. So make a mental note of all your poses, your conversations, your feelings, and use them on your big day.
And finally, and most importantly, enjoy it! Don't allow yourself to worry too much beforehand. You'll be in safe hands with your chosen photographer, and you'll have each other there to share the experience.
As always, let's hear from the gorgeous couple pictured here, with their nearly-wed Q&A. They did an absolutely gorgeous job of this shoot, and totally trusted me on the day. Their photos serve as an awesome example to other couples; it's totally possible to be fun, easy going AND romantic and intimate.
QUICK NEARLY-WED Q & A:
Do you remember the first time you saw each other?
K: The first time we met we were both on boozy nights out! My friend an I were getting harassed by some guy and Chris and his friend stepped in to tell this guy to go away. I remembered his blue eyes ...
C:I remember seeing her in a little red dress with long blonde hair and thinking I need to speak to her!!
When did you first know you wanted to marry them?
K: I just asked chris when he knew he wanted to marry me and he said "when you told me"!!!! I guess there was no set point it was just a natural progression that there's never going to be anyone else
C:Like Kelly said it was the next step coz I didn't want anyone else!!
How did they propose? How did you react?
K: Our proposal was brilliant he organised a private dinner on the beach in Mexico. Very romantic but I didn't realise our friends were hiding in a bush waiting to jump out with champagne!! I think chris got a bit rushed in the end and didn't do the down on one knee, but the beautiful ring made up for that!
What do you think makes you work so well as a couple?
K: As a couple we suit because I am stressy and he is horizontal he's so chilled! We have great banter and always make each other laugh, we 100% have each others backs and know the right things to say!
Thanks for such a gorgeous afternoon in the low sun guys. It's a tough job this, but someones got to do it. Be half as gorgeous on your wedding day in September, and we'll be winning...