I have so many couples tell me up front, “Ok I am so awkward, please don’t let it show.” Generally this is so far from the truth, but everyone faces the classic photoshoot jitters. So how do you capture romance in a photo?
I always remind my couples that this is about them. It’s a time for them to unwind and relax with each other in a unique setting. You get to dress up and glam yourself up, all while hanging out with your best friend and future partner!! That already sounds like the perfect kind of day to me.
The men are always so hesitant to let loose and be themselves. Don’t you realize that today you get to kiss your future wife over and over and over? Didn’t you know that you get to dance and joke around and maybe eat some ice cream or drink some beer or wine while I get those ring shots in? It’s pretty standard during a shoot with me that there is some snacking or pub crawling involved, sometimes because we need a refreshment and sometimes couples want to incorporate this into their engagement shoot theme! If your wedding is at a vineyard, why don’t you bring some wine from there to have in your save-the-dates? If you met at a pub, take some photos at the booth you sat in and talked until it closed!
I really love when I have my couples in a pose that is so simply intimate, that it evolves into a real and emotion-filled moment that I am able to capture and surprise them with. I am here to guide you when you are feeling silly and vulnerable. Be vulnerable! It unleashes some gorgeous moments between you and your future Mr./Mrs. because you are able to seek comfort with each other and laugh at how embarrassed you feel. And don’t feel like you have to hide your inner class clown. Embrace that side of you. It is possible to catch some “cute” moments when you are goofing around and being yourself. That’s why she fell in love with you anyway, isn’t it?
Capturing your romantic story in a photo doesn’t have to use a pose straight from Prince Charming’s etiquette book. It does have to capture you as a couple, accentuate the things you love about each other whether it be your shared love for gastropubs or chocolate labs, your wild sense of humor, or the sweet way you smile. That is romance.