Yaaay planning an epic date night with your man and you couldn’t have chosen anything better!
It’s the ultimate evening together. I’ll have you snuggling and dreaming of your lives together one minute to laughing togehter so hard your stomach hurts and then probably doing something a little out there next haha. Though through all of this you don’t have to worry about a thing! We’ll plan it all out ahead of time, the vibe you’re going for, the location you have in mind (not to worry I have sooo many amazing locations for you to choose from) and then you will put your trust in me and I will guide you through it all!
Follow along and here are my pro tips on how to we can NAIL your couples photoshoot and get some lifelong memories for you and your partner!!
Make it personal
Whatever it is that screams YOU is what we should be doing for your photoshoot. If you’re the outdoors adventurous couple then lets find an amazing scenic location. If you are the lay at home and lounge together reading books then lets chill at your house, make pizza, have some wine and get cozy.
What I’m trying to say is that this session needs to be all about you and not just pretty photos taken at a pretty location. We don’t just want pretty photos. We want real, raw and timelss photos that completely EMBRACE everything about the two of you together.
Some of my favorite ideas:
Go to the beach and embrace the Pacific that we have at our finger tips while the sun sets on the horizon
Go for a hike to a beautiful mountain top or glacial lake
Take a sunset walk along the river with your pup
Relax at home with wine, pizza, pretty lighting getting all cozy with each other
Take a helicopter up to the top of a mountain and explore somewhere that no one else has ever stepped
The options are endless here in the lower mainland as we have so much variety!!
Your choice of location is really important and it ties into what I mention above. Find a location that has some meaning to you both. It could be where you first met, where you love spending your evenings, honestly, the options are endless.
If you close your eyes and have an idea of the type of area you like but don’t have one specific spot in mind, let me know and I can suggest some incredible locations in the lower mainland that you would love for your photoshoot.
Once we’ve chosen the location we will arrange a time based off that beautiful golden hour sunshine. Be prepared for the shoot to be in the evening a couple hours before sunset. You can think of this time of the evening as natures air brushing and it’ll take your photos to the next level.
Don’t know what to wear?
I always remind my clients that movement is energy and energy creates emotion.
If you have something flowy that can really capture movement, it looks amazing in photos. Flowy skirt or dress under a coat is perfect at any time of the year! I love when people bring clothing or accessories that can show movement by catching wind, because it adds energy to the photos and looks freaking gorgeous!
I don’t suggest dressing up with heels for this shoot, something comfortable that shows you and your personal everyday style is always the perfect choice. Oh and always make sure “the girls” are tied down and tucked in. I’m all about movement and as much as your man loves to see them, its probably best that we make sure they don’t end up in your gallery.
I recommend sticking with neutral or earth tones. Think: greys, whites, blacks, pastels, browns, burgundy, mustard, dark navy blue, or dark green. Stay away from anything florescent or overly bright that might clash with the background or take the focus away from YOU guys & the emotion in the images.
Avoid big, loud, chunky, crazy patterns. The smaller or more subtle, the better! If the pattern is too prominent, it will distract from your faces. Also, be sure to iron your clothes before so there’s not huge wrinkles distracting from your faces either!
Hair and makeup…
I love down and loose. By not having your hair tucked away we can create so much movement with it and this is a stunning thing for us to capture. So much emotion for us to get your man running his fingers through your hair while peppering your face with kisses *SWOON
Everyone loves a little pampering but be cautious how much you do. We want you to look like you for these photos. If you opt to get your makeup done, subtle always photographs well. If a lot of blush, bronzer and highlighter gets placed on your skin, when I photograph it then the light will reflect and absorb different to how it would naturally and I often have to edit the face to tone this down. Personally I love lashes for photos, they really make your eyes pop.
I have a pinterest board with outfit ideas and if you’re still stumped, feel free to reach out for suggestions on what’s in your closet.
All the Emotions
To make your gallery everything that it can be, come relaxed, ready for anything and ready to embrace the moment.
There will be so much PDA, cuddling, kissing and all the affection and I promise there will be no awkwardness but make sure your man has the heads up that hes about to get handsy! I don’t want him to be surprised by this so please be sure that you show him some of my work to remind him.
When the time comes, forget about everything else and focus on one another, afterall, that’s the whole reason we’re here! Tuck those nerves away, leave the to do lists at home, send me a list of your favorite songs and lets be IN the moment!
Feel it, don’t think it
Giiirl you’re going to look incredible! During the session, try not to think or worry about the way you look, its my job to give you prompts that will capture the real emotions and natural poses. You do not need to come up with poses throughout your session, though certainly, if you have some specific you’d like captured, spam me with your pics and I’ll do my best to incorporate these into your session. Other than that, come with an open mind, trust that you look as good as your man has told you, and embrace the moments we create!
I direct my sessions with prompts opposed to poses. Poses are stiff, mannequin and smile style photos, prompts are totally different. I want movement and playfullness, hair flowing in the wind, water splashing on your toes. I will give you games and little ‘prompts’ to do with each other and then its up to you to work with the direction and make it your own. It’s simple I promise. It will be what you do with my prompts that will make it personal to you both and make your gallery different from anyone else’s.
If you’re constantly running your hands through his hair at home or he’s grabbing your bum often, do it at our sesh! It’s these natural movements that we’re after and will make your photos real.
That’s pretty much it. Come feeling amazing and relaxed and be prepared to love on each other. Any questions feel free to reach out anytime!