About 3 Summers ago, a sweet couple named Giselle and André needed their engagement photos taken for their save-the-dates. And one of the things they mentioned being reluctant about was posing in front of the camera. They stated that they didn’t want to look or seem awkward, they don’t know what to do with their hands, etc. Well, my friends, I’m here to tell you that it is simply NOT TRUE! It’s the biggest lie engaged couples tell themselves. Gisele and Andre knew just what to do when it was time to do it!
First off, I don’t ask my couples to do anything that isn’t a part of who they are or portray them in a way that isn’t genuine. Whether you’re a laid-back, casual pair or a glamorous, power couple, only the most authentic version of your love story gets told. When you share your photos with your loved ones, you two will present only the recognizable version of yourselves. From your style of dress to the way you interact with each other.
Moving on, when Giselle and Andre first arrived, admittedly, there was some hesitation between the two of them. After all, how many couples feel comfortable with public displays of affection with a camera snapping away at them? Not too many, I’m sure. However, I was able to turn their natural way of being together into magical memories. With the proper cues and minimal direction, these two love birds became pros within moments!
I told Andre to whisper the names of breakfast cereals in Giselle’s ear in his sexiest voice. It produced a beautiful laugh, smile, and now a funny memory as ridiculous as that sounds! Every time I look back at these, I also chuckle and wonder which cereal broke the ice.
Another example is when I asked them to dance with each other. It was more like, “Give Giselle a twirl!” Now I have a pair of carefree photos that look like they are dancing like no one is watching! It’s sweet, romantic, and whimsical!
Some of the best images come from the moments in-between (when the couple thinks I’m not paying attention). And the true magic occurs when you’re just talking to each other or merely being in each other’s space. The way you look at each other, lovingly. Or laugh at the other’s facial expression or inside joke. After we get entirely comfortable with the idea of just being ourselves, the possibilities are endless!
Feeling awkward in front of a camera is natural and to be expected. But it’s the biggest lie engaged couples tell themselves. When you’re just the best and only version of yourselves, you’ll get authentic and genuine results, guaranteed! Now that you know, what’s stopping you from booking your session? Contact me when you’re ready!
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