Intimate and Loving Couples Portraits
But how about trying out something new on 14th February, and use your photographic skills to capture a romantic portrait of your beautiful partner, or even, the two of your together!
There really is no gift as special or personal.
Once you have those timeless, romantic photos in the palm of your hand – you’ll never be caught short of a gift to hand over for Valentines (which could get you out of some serious trouble in the future should you forget to buy a card, chocolates or flowers).
Pictures of Love
Remember, romance can take on many forms and every couple has their own unique idea of what love is, or how it is represented; therefore, you may need to experiment with a few different styles, until you find one that is best suited and best portrays the couple in front of you.
To help you get in the mood for love, iPhotography has put together a few tasteful tips to make sure Cupid’s arrow hits the right spot.
Two’s Company, Threes a Crowd
Photographing two people is far more intimate than photographing ten people. For starters, you have more time to discuss options, positions and styles; it also means you can focus more attention on the romantic story and relationship between the couple.
Maybe they’ve not been together long, are newly engaged, or even 40-year veterans – either way, every couple has their own story to tell. It’s down to you as the photographer to pick up on that story and present it in a complementary light.
Set your Scene
Romantic walks on the beach are so simple and yet also very effective. Holding one another’s hands and slowly walking along the line of the tide in your bare feet at sunset makes for a heart-warming portrait.
Aim for a quiet, remote or isolated spot.
This will make the shots more intimate and will help avoid you accidentally snapping gawping passers-by in the background.
Make sure, you if you aren’t behind the camera, (i.e. if you are in the photograph) to set your camera on a tripod at a decent distance away from your starting position.
Use a face-tracking or sports mode and focus on your partner in the distance.
Love Note – This is great for older couples that thrive outdoors, enjoy taking strolls to reminisce, or that simply relish each other’s company.
No Strings Attached
Love Note – Find out what the maximum range your remote will work from.
Nobody is saying you both have to channel your inner Kate Moss and get your Model strut on, just keep it relaxed and natural.
If you are both stiff and camera conscious, this will show through in the end shot; Instead, release some energy and enjoy some horseplay.
Love Note – something as simple as telling a joke can help encourage natural smiles and laugh out loud shots. If all else fails, make like Mr. Tickle.
Half a World Away
Use the same technique even if you’re sat down on a bench or nestled up on a sand dune. Remote shutters work on radio signals, so they don’t always need to be in view of the camera; therefore, you easily hide it behind your back or in your pocket, so that it’s not on show in your finished shot.
Love Note – If you fancy getting really creative or want to add a little quirkiness, iPhotography’s Cupid suggests using a wide-angle lens. Hold the camera at arm’s length and take a silly selfie! This is a great way to introduce some alternative fun shots and capture genuine and natural reactions.
Love Note – To increase the intimacy of your shots, crop in close.
Remove yourselves away from any distracting backgrounds, you don’t want to capture a beautiful moment, full of loving expression and then discover there’s a bin in the corner of your shot – takes the word ‘Trashy’ to a whole new level!
Wide apertures around f/4 help blur out other features and keeps the face sharp, but you’ll have to try and keep somewhat still if you’re in the shot, as a lot of movement may result in unsightly blur. Aim to capture a longing gaze, rather than full on kissing.
On saying that, blurred shots that capture the movement of raw passion, can be extremely intense, especially in black and white – so don’t discard these shots altogether. You’re capturing different moments in time.
Keep it hidden in your hand and stand behind your partner, wrapping your arms around their shoulders or around their waists with your head on their shoulders or back. It’s a loving embrace that clearly demonstrates your physical connection as well as your emotional one.
Alternatively, spin your significant other around and surprise them in the moment by giving them a big kiss right on the lips! If you do this spontaneously you’ll capture the most genuine reaction – especially if you don’t normally behave like that!
My Sweet Valentine
When it comes to taking romantic or intimate pictures of our own partners, it can sometimes feel rather awkward and embarrassing to instruct or direct them.
If this is how you feel, break the ice by joining them in the picture to begin and take some of you both together to ease the flow.
It’s All in the Details
- Is it that sexy, sultry smile?
- Maybe it’s those smooth hands or elongated fingers?
- Perhaps those shapely legs?
- Or did you fall head over heels for those ocean blue eyes?
Whichever feature is your guilty pleasure or makes you go weak at the knees, be sure to capture the detail – get up close and use your macro setting or lens.
Love Note – Red lipstick looks great with a colour splash effect.
Love Note – Open your aperture as wide as you can to decrease the DOF, this will add an alluring element to those dreamy special features.
If you’re not feeling quite that relaxed, then start with a cuddle or a tickle that never hurt or offended anybody!
Since you’re not changing the distance from the camera, if you focus on your partner first, your shot shouldn’t go blurry. Continue using that remote shutter button in order to capture lots of fun, exciting and intimate shots.
Love Note – Take a number of shots in the same scene; this creates a passionate sequence, which will look great as a framed print on your bedroom wall.
Neighbourhood Watch Alert – Consider your set up carefully before choosing to bare all by your window – particularly if overlooking another row of houses. This could take the words ‘Camera Flash’ to a whole new level.
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
This is NSFW and not suitable for under 18’s; its educational, but may be considered adult content to some. Therefore, if you work in a stuffy, old-fashioned office, have a particularly suspicious or jealous partner, or are currently caring for young children, the material may be considered xxx or X-rated – therefore, in order to save blushes, you may wish not to continue reading this article.
All Laid Bare
At iPhotography, we use Boudoir as a celebration of the human form and only promote classic, clean and non-offensive nude photography. Emphasis should always remain on form, shape and beauty.
Show your partner all the things you love about them, give them a huge confidence boost and make them feel amazing, all at the same time.
You need your partner to be confident and willing; make sure you give them constant praise and reassurance throughout the shoot to help their self-esteem – it’s not every day they strip down to their lingerie or underwear in front of a camera.
Show them examples of pictures you think they’ll look great re-creating, get them involved by going shopping together for new underwear/outfits or makeup, this will help them get excited and ease the nerves.
And don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be all ’50 Shades, Christian Grey’ inspired.
Love Note – Telling them ‘that looks amazing!’ or ‘WOW, you are going to love these!’ are all great reassurances and confidence boosters to a first-time model during a shoot.
Shape legs and arms at angles to make interesting poses, that lead your eye through the shot.
Think about what gestures and subtleties make for provocative suggestions;
* Biting the lip can look very suggestive.
* Hands pulling on underwear connotes the hint of something more.
* A look over the shoulder, concealing bare skin, adds an element of intrigue.
* Using hands or props to conceal private areas tease our eyes.
* Head lowered, with eyes looking up, is sultry and suggestive.
All You Need is Love
Feel free to throw in a few other props to introduce a little humour, for example, iced buns, large fruits, flowers… anything relevant to your partner, that offers to cover their modesty. Remember to have fun creating these shots, after all, only you and your sidekick are going to ever see them (we hope!).
Love Note – If your partner is feeling particularly daring or risqué, consider using handcuffs, whips or masks as props – this is a much more adult way of creating a richer story.
We hoped you enjoyed reading our tips on the best ways to capture your romantic side this 14th February!
Whatever the weather and wherever you’re located, we hope you have a splashing good time.
The iPhotography Team and Cupid
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