Now that apart from the wedding photography, most couple love to do this, outdoor couple portrait shoot. Before i take you through my experience, i would like to stress that outdoor couple portrait shoot is not candid photography.
Be it the couple or the wedding photographer themselves , always misunderstand candid photography to be the couple outdoor portrait. Oh yes, you may end up with good candid pictures in the portrait session but the whole session is definitely not to be called candid photography. “candid photography” loses its essence. So pls do understand the difference to work better
Coming back to the outdoor couple portrait session, it is the interesting part. Where the couple feel so light and we the wedding photographers get to explore. Show a person their portrait and they will most likely search for flaws immediately.
As a photographer, we should speak to those insecurities by not emphasizing what our clients feel are their weaknesses. But How? Be specific about what we shoot and show how beautiful they can look. The picture will be very beautiful but what’s the point if client don’t look and feel confident and sexy?
Different body types react to different angles. As wedding photographers practice, they should learn what works and what doesn’t. Clients are not models. The goal for natural posing is to create a realistic, flattering, natural, and sexy portrait. It’s the PHOTOGRAPHER’S fault if a client looks goofy in a pose.
I see a lot of bad posing. But Ultimately, now, I want my clients to look, and feel, like models of themselves. Real and genuine. I learnt it the hard way or should i just say i still get it learning. Because there are clients who are extremely happy about the output and there are these clients who never get satisfied.
While we take all effort for a good picture, there may be few who never gets satisfied how hard you try. So lets not talk about them. Out of 100 clients , we will get hardly one or two who will complaint for everything. We just have to face it. But we have the rest of them who loves pictures and its our responsibility that we make them look good and feel good.
Outdoor shoots are definitely so close to the heart and it also lets them just be themselves. Couple expect gorgeous pictures when we do an outdoor shoot. So almost everything from the location to how they carry themselves matters.
Here are some tips for what can all be shot that will make your clients happy. Create a check list with the following ones and get going.
FEW IMPORTANT TIPS FROM MY LEARNING :
A Casual Talk:
Couple outdoor portrait session can not necessarily be after the wedding. We wedding photographers gets to shoot even pre-wedding couple portrait. We love to shoot love marriages but eventually there still happens a lot of arranged marriages as well. And so a casual talk helps both the couple and us to start with. Let them settle by then you will also understand what angles suits them the best.
A Casual Walk:
Let them walk as they talk. By now they are comfortable with the location, with the photographer and mentally prepared for the shoot ahead the day. Do not miss to shoot a back shot of them walking. It just indicates there is a long journey they both would travel together. Somehow the couple feel that their forever journey is shown through the image and they love it.
Golden hour is the most favorite for any photographer. And that is the best time for a silhouette shot as well. There is no couple who will hate silhouette shot. Something that brings a wow factor to them. Never miss this.
Looking at each other:
This is really important. Many says love starts from eyes and as a photographer i strongly believe in this. Everytime i shoot a couple and when i ask them to look at eachother, the love just flows. This gets them romantic , makes them more comfortable within themselves and this is when they start to forget the existence of the photographer and thats what we really want. Some brides blush, some Men smile and this is when we really get some raw images.
Hug from behind:
From now, the couple almost listen to everything you say. There is a difference between you asking the couple to hug eachother as soon as you reach the location and that be the first shot, may be they would do it, but there would not be life in the picture. Know when to ask what. Hugging shots will always show their care for eachother and they will surely cherish it always.
Detailing – Hands only, Ring only, Legs only:
This is again something every couple loves. Not always should the picture have them posing. There can be a few close up shots of things that shows their intimacy. Their engagement ring, them holding hands, just the legs together and they will just love it.
Include the location:
Well ultimately, the couple has chosen that location for some reason therefore we make sure the location is established as well. Never always go with close up shots. Go wide and wider as a result it just gives beautiful images.
First of all , girls always loved to be lifted. Because I am a female photographer i know how important it is to have a lifting picture. When your loved one lifts you, it means everything to us. And if that moment is going to be freezed? Be sure they will definitely want to frame it.
Having said do not go too many closeup shots, doesnt mean never go for a closeup shot. A shot where their happiness is shown, where their love and bond is shown , there can always be closeup shots of moments. A posed closeup shot will never look great so when you decide for a close up shot, make sure you capture their moments, their happiness.
With the Props:
Props just add beauty to the frame. Props just add value to the picture. It can be a hat or a book in their hand or something other than the just two. It can bring life to the frame. You can also add people or actions in the frame which becomes more realistic.
This is the most fun part. Almost all couple may like it. But by now you know if this can be included or excluded. If you think the couple seem to be fun loving, do not miss this part.
The last yet the most liked. A kiss can replace many words and action. A shoot without a kissing shot is incomplete. The couple now are so in love already enjoying the photoshoot and this is the right time for them to go speechless. Kissing shot will remain close to the heart , that shows their love, their intimacy and its just pure. Never ever miss a kissing shot.
Get out of the comfort zone:
Not always should we shoot in resort or a beach or a park. Probably Plan something out of the box. Be unusual. A love in the bus, A love in the train,or anything which is concept based. Seems like an interesting plan ? You can also tell stories with images. Never settle with what you get. Get out of the comfort zone to plan exceptional things so you are not one among the crowd.
And finally, we love what we do yet do it the way client loves us. Get going and never fear. Only when you step out and try, things seems like working. And yes you are almost there , put in your effort as much as possible. So what are you waiting for? Grab the couple , Get an Idea and Happy clicking
If you do not like anything that i had mentioned, or if have any questions feel free to write to me at email@example.com .
Correct me if i was wrong, i am happy to learn from you.
Sharadha Gopalakrishnan & Mani Kandan
Spreading Smiles, Always (: (: