Well that was...awkward. Or was it?...
I hear from couples all the time, "I'm a little bit nervous. We're super awkward together. We need help with posing." Totally.. but are you really awkward together..? Unless your job title has the word 'Model' in it, I'm going to assume that having someone snap 300 pictures in your face is a little bit unnatural (to say the least). That is the part that can get a little awkward; not you & your significant other. So I would like to share 3 helpful tips that can help eliminate that feeling.
- Accept that this photoshoot is about you and your significant other. The photographer's job is to capture the very essence of you two as a couple. That means the quirky, calm, loud, weird, funny, romantic, or creative side of your relationship. Whatever is authentic to you guys. So rest assure that your identity as a couple doesn't need to be anything (especially a Pinterest post) than what you authentically are together.
- Time will help. While photoshoots have a timeline of when they start to when they finish, know that your comfort level will increase throughout the shoot. The first 'batch' of poses are almost never chosen. Those are just to get you feeling comfortable in front of a stranger, comfortable in front of a camera and comfortable doing & holding poses. After about 15-20 minutes when you've experienced the majority of poses and feel that you can execute them, your pictures will start to feel as natural as they photograph. Trust me.
- Remember why you're doing a couples session in the first place. Whether you need to update photos for around the house or you just got engaged and are planning on sending out announcements. These pictures will forever be there to document your love during a specific time in your lives. These memories can be passed down to future generations or even serve as conversation starters with friends. Cherish those memories but most importantly, enjoy the moment. Enjoy your photoshoot.
Natalia Burrows Photography specializes in Couples Session & Engagements, Families, and Maternity photography.