So there are like different kinds of couples who plan on doing a couple photography sessions. Some are engaged, some are married and some couple wants to do it “just because” One of the most nervous moment except their wedding is the day when they plan to do an indoor couple portrait photography session with a photographer. They stumble while giving expressions and poses. I get into flashback of the classic Chandler being smile while his photo shoots.
For a photographer there is lots of creative couple photography ideas which they can bring into play and make the couples feel relaxed and free while a photo shoot session. Most of the times a couple would want an indoor photo shoot session. So for a photographer it is very much hectic to think about and plan a perfect couple photoshoot studio before they arrive. They may have to plan a lot of things ahead of the photoshoot. So in this article I’ll talk about some decisive couple photoshoot ideas in studio. These tips will definitely come in handy for professional wedding, couple, engagement photographers like you.
Without stretching the intros further let’s start reading out the points which you need.
Studio lighting setup for couple portrait
The most important thing in case of a studio photo shoot is the lighting. As studio is indoors the necessity of artificial light increases. Natural light is best for any kind of photography but artificial lights also gives great outcome if used properly.
There are some portrait photography lighting equipments that you will need in order to capture some awesome couple photographs. These are the list of equipments you may have to keep in your photography armory to capture indoor portraits –
Softbox – This is a kind of screen inside which the flash gets fixed and when the flash diffuses light through it the hard light of the flash becomes softer and falls evenly on the skin of the couple you’re capturing photo of.
Umbrella – This is also the same thing like a Softbox the difference is that it distributes the lights over a larger area. I prefer using umbrella lights for couple photos as you will need more light to cover both the persons.
Light reflector – A reflector is a screen which will reflect the light coming from the flash and will bounce it from the other side of the couples face. This will fill up the subjects with more light. So that the lights are balanced from both sides.
Fill lights – Sometimes you may need to use various colored lights for creative couple portraits this is when you may need “fill lights” of various colors. Fill light fills the studio with light and using the softboxes and reflectors you can then control the amount of white lights falling on the couple.
What lens is best for studio photography for couple?
Lens actually depends on the studio area you are using for your couple photography sessions. If you have a space of about 20×30 ft then the ideal lens should be a wide angle or zoom lens as it will give you the perfect frame that your eyes can see. Use lenses that range between 50mm to 300mm so that you can zoom in and out to set up the frame for portrait photo. A good range will help you to capture more of the couple’s area.
Photo studio props for couple photo session
Props are most of the time loved by the couples you’re taking pictures of. They like to show in their photos that how much funny they are together. Use of props shows the kind of relationship they have and how much they enjoy being together.
I suggest using props that are relatable to them. If they love balloons use it if they love cycling then use a cycle as a prop. Use any props they are familiar with and they love playing with it or passing time together using it. The coolest props to use in couple portraits are balloons, books, smiley balls, bubbles, flowers, etc. Use such props and make the images more engaging and worth looking at them for hours.
Get friendly with the couple
If you want to have a happy photo session with your clients then yes you have to be friendly with them. Being professional doesn’t always work everywhere. You sometimes need to become a bit friendly with and make them comfortable with you. Once they get friendly they’ll share their ideas with you about what sort pictures they want. They will share their moments with from that you can ideas about portraying their actual self through your photos. It will also make them shoot comfortably with you and will also bring out their natural expressions and poses.
Every product or service needs a finishing. A perfect finishing improves the quality of the product or service. In a photographer’s case the product is the photographs of the couple. The raw images that you will click with your camera will still have some flaws. The lighting may not create that impact or the colors won’t be that much bright and maybe the skin of the subject may have spots. This is why a little bit retouching is necessary to improvise the image. You can outsource your images from photo editing services and can save your time or can edit them by yourself using photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP. Everyone suggests Photoshop as it is the best. For applying filters and presets you can use Lightroom. Lightroom is a photographer’s best friend. Eventually you will need a bit of photo editing for your images.
Bring into Play Natural Poses
Poses are very important when it comes on shooting any kind of photography of humans. Shooting couple photography is all about bringing natural poses so that you can get some natural footage. In the last Valentine’s Day, I have witnessed a photo shoot based on couple photography. The main thing I have noticed that the couples are enjoying being shot because they were having fun themselves posing whatever they felt like. Then I came out with this idea that shooting a couple photography using natural poses would be much more pleasurable and unique if you ask them to pose however they like. So the photography posing tips I would like to give is to ask your couple to pose naturally. The best part is you will get to click the natural expressions of the couple.
For clicking the natural expressions, the best thing you can do is to click the candid photograph of your couple who have come to studio for photo shoot. Candid photography is one of the most interesting photography trends in 2019. While clicking couple portrait photography and deciding the poses, you can add a fun element into the couple portrait which can be done by clicking candid photography of the couple. Click photographs without letting them know while they are doing some kind of activities such as talking, playing, getting naughty, doing mischief with each other and other activities. Click the photos and you will get some great candid shots where you will get some natural vibes.
Make it Look Romantic
When we hear the work “couple”, one thing that cringes on your mind is romance. If you do a romantic photoshoot for couples then you have to think about poses then you have to think about romance. It is romantic poses which brings perfection in a couple photography. Despite everything you have to help them by setting the correct mind-set, interfacing and chatting with them. I like to ask my models how they met, the things they like to do together, or the things they like about one another. I search for subjects that will cause them to recollect cheerful minutes. This concretes the bond between them, which thus, appears on the photos. You can also add some props to the poses which may makes the couple photo look romantic.
Use a good Backdrop
As we are talking about the poses of couple photography in studio, one thing in any photographs in that is a backdrop or a proper background. Shooting in studio, you always have to think of setting a proper background which suits to shoot a couple. You can set up a romantic backdrop to shoot couples. Suppose, the couple has come to shoot photos for Valentine’s Day, you can set a red color backdrop for shooting that couple.
Use a Tripod
There is different essential equipment for photography which is highly needed for any kind of photography. One of the most important equipment of all of those is a tripod. Talking about the techniques of couple photography, I would suggest you to use a tripod to avoid shakiness. Shakiness will ruin the whole couple photo of yours. The couple is supposing to move and giving poses. You can definitely not move too much. So set the camera into the tripod and clicking photos while moving.
Couple photography is all about creating memories for a couple. If you cannot deliver some unique photos rather you click ordinary photos, the couple will be disappointed. So it is your chance to do some creative couple photography using some creative techniques for couple photography. So use these techniques and make the couples happy by your photography.