When I receive an inquiry asking if I do couples photography, I’m quick to say, “Yes, of course!”
The question seems funny to me because I think that anyone who can stare down an ornery two year old, declare “GAME ON” and come out with the win can photograph two consenting adults.
What a relief to not have to worry about snotty noses, those frustrated stinky cheeses, or what animal noise to try next and instead divide my attention between the perfect camera settings, most flattering light and angles, and capturing that moment of love and laughter.
I get to take couples photos during almost every family session, although even then I can’t help but have that Mommy eye on the back of my head trying to keep track of kids on the loose. Yes, I love family sessions and connecting with the little ones, but I sure do enjoy the occasional headshots, senior session, and couples session when I get to push my aperture to the extremes and create some dreamy masterpieces.
This session started a little different, though.
Daniella and Austin were both shy and their eyes pleaded with me to move them into perfect poses. All three of us were a bit awkward at first as I encouraged them to pretend I wasn’t there and focus on one another. They seemed nervous as they quietly hinted that they were new to this and needed direction. I was no more nervous than I am when a toddler shows up refusing to smile. I knew they just needed some time to warm up to me and let the genuine moments take over.
Sure, I can move you into poses, but if you feel unnatural and awkward, I promise you will look it. Relax and look into each other’s eyes. Talk to each other. Grab a hold of her and tickle her until she’s punching you and trying to get away. The magic is in the moments, not the poses.
Once you are comfortable with me moving around you, I’ll have you smile at the camera a few times, giving you some simple directions to make sure the light hits you just right and you are both looking your best.
I’m fairly confident, though, that your favorite images will be the moments where you forgot I was there and were overcome with love for this beautiful person laughing and staring into your soul.