Every so often I get an email from a couple, and they’ve attached some images they found on Pinterest. I LOVE these sorts of images and receiving these emails. It’s a beautiful sign that a couple is really excited for their session. The photos are beautifully authentic, people laughing, talking, showing clear, genuine real emotion. So today, I wanted to share 3 easy ways to encourage authentic photos in your session. So without further ado, here they are:
First, talk to each other. Talk about your favorite memory together, the moment you met, and your initial thoughts about each other. When I ask a couple to talk about these things in a session, the result is something that falls somewhere between elation and embarrassment, but no matter how it starts, it ends in laughter and connection. That’s what I look for, that’s what I love and what I’m always so thrilled to see.
Next, be playful! A lot of photographers like to use the “Walk toward me” prompt. I do it, and it’s beautiful. But while you’re walking and holding hands, maybe pull apart a little, have some playful tension where you pull on each others hands and spread apart, or see just how close you can walk together without looking awkward.
Finally, when you’re in a pose a photographer sets up for you, say, maybe you’re facing each other and holding hands, try having a conversation that consists of just one word, like spatula. Use voice inflections, or just say it over and over in between kisses until you laugh.
The thing I love most about these 3 easy easy ways to encourage authentic photos is that you can use them independently of your photographer. There’s a lot of room for interpretation, and talking and laughing create beautiful light hearted images. And beautiful light hearted images are always unique to you, your own love story, and your life. When you look back on them, you’ll remember some of the things you talked about, and the emotions you felt while taking those pictures.