Whether you’re just starting out as a couple or already celebrating years of wedded bliss, having a romantic photoshoot is something that you will surely look back on as one of your cherished memories.
Snapping cute pictures with your special someone is probably one of the usual romantic ways that you celebrate your togetherness. Regardless if you just got together, are in the honeymoon phase, or already commemorating your nth wedding anniversary, photos are treasured keepsakes of your love and affection.
Getting professionally done photos taken are not merely reserved for engagements or weddings. These days, it is quite normal for couples to book a professional studio or photographer to capture their special moments together. From cute cuddles in a community garden or park to elaborate romantic concepts, the ideas for a romantic photoshoot are infinite.
If you want to have a romantic photoshoot with your significant other, here are some of the top tips on how to go about it and make it as successful as possible:
1. It Takes Two
Since this is a couple’s photography session, it is essential that you decide on the details together. Some opt to surprise the other with a pictorial session; however, there might be a chance that it could backfire. Only spring for a surprise pictorial if you are absolutely sure that your other half is as game as you when it comes to posing for the camera.
If you want to be on the safe side, it is ideal if you can discuss the pictorial session with your partner. This gives the other party a chance to voice out ideas or concerns as well as give them time to prepare for the event.
Similarly, you should both be agreeable to whatever it is that will happen that day. This session aims to capture both of you in the most romantic light, and it wouldn’t do well if one or the other is uncomfortable.
2. Romantic Ideas
Having agreed to do it in the first place, you can then decide on what concept or theme you want. It can be as simple as a day in the park, a casual picnic, or frolicking on the beach. On the other end of the spectrum, you can also prepare for a full photography production complete with costumes, props, and sets.
Whatever the concept is, it is important that you both are willing to do it wholeheartedly. Being uneasy about the setup or some other aspect of the shoot will show in the pictures and can certainly put a damper on the occasion.
3. Eye for Romance
Photography sessions are best taken with a master at the lens. Look for a professional photographer who has the experience and expertise in capturing your special moments together.
Whether you want portraits, candid shots, or both, it is crucial that you hire a photographer who can bring your ideas to life. You can browse online, ask for recommendations from trusted family members or friends, or visit photography studios to personally see portfolios.
When you have finally streamlined at least three photographers, meet each one to determine if you click. See if you have chemistry since this is important during a photoshoot. Establishing rapport with the photographer will help you feel at ease during the pictorial.
4. Be Your Best
You want to put your best foot forward – or in this case – face, during the shoot. Since the pictorial will focus on both of you, you would naturally want to look your best.
You and your partner can schedule an appointment at your spa, salon, or dermatological clinic for services that will help boost your inner glow. Caress your worries away with a full body massage, get rejuvenating hair care, or choose from an array of skincare services that will help you shine on your special photography session.
If possible, you can also avail yourself of professional services such as a day coordinator or manager to organize the pictorial and make it as smooth as possible. You can also hire a stylist to help you with your wardrobe, a hair and makeup team, and even caterers to provide food services during the shoot. Always make sure to go for only the best service providers in the industry so you can be assured of quality work.
5. In the Moment
Since you have prepared well in advance for your pictorial – whether with the help of a professional organizer or not – all you need to do is enjoy the moment.
Your romantic moments with your loved one will be forever immortalized in pictures so make sure to relish this romantic rendezvous. When you are truly invested in the moment, then your genuine feelings will certainly shine through.
Should unfortunate incidents or inconveniences happen, try to take it in stride. A downpour instead of sunshine on your pictorial day, for example, can be a setback. However, it depends on both of you if you want the weather to literally rain on your parade. Discuss it with your photographer and see how you can salvage the pictorial if such an event happens.
Passion in Photos
Your romance and passion for each other can be seen through photos. How you look at each other, your body language, and even that unseen vibe between you can help translate your photos into wonderful mementos.
Taken with the expert eyes and hands of a master photographer, supported by a team of professionals, and buoyed by your genuine feelings for each other, your romantic photoshoot will surely be an immense success.
Stefanie Descheemaecker is the Studio Manager at Stu Williamson Photography at The Palm Jumeirah – Fairmont Hotel in Dubai. She has been with the company for almost 3 years and is the driving force behind the success of the business. A keen amateur photographer, Stef combines her natural creative eye with strong business acumen to help Stu Williamson Photography become the most trusted and successful photography business in the UAE.