Flowers wither. Chocolates get eaten. But memories…stay forever.
And yet, capturing those Valentine’s Day moments is easily one of the most overlooked aspects for the day. With the spotlight on the date, flowers and gifts, snapshots become an afterthought – a shame, given the many iconic moments that may happen.
This Valentine’s, try moving photography up on your priorities list. You don’t need to be Murad Osmann. Here are some tips to get you on the right track.
Balance things out with a semi-automatic
Mobile photography is many a person’s go-to, but when you want to level things up with a DSLR, it can be daunting in the beginning. Wedding photojournalist Jeffery Koh recommends semi-automatic models (like the Canon G7X Mark II), which don’t sacrifice heft for features. This will make sure your day isn’t spent fiddling with too many settings!
Don’t get bogged down by heavy equipment and let your day go up in smoke. Photo by @sam_cahill
Pick your theme or concept
When you put some thought into taking a picture, people notice. The easiest way to achieve this, is using a theme or concept to guide your shots. You can evoke a sense of nostalgia when shooting in an old neighborhood by dressing to fit that retro theme. If you’ve booked a great hotel for a staycation, go dapper or casual-chic and photograph in the vicinity to capture the essence of the moments. You’ll get eye-catching shots, as well as a great visual story!
Time to play! The playground setting is vibrant and naturally sets the mood, giving rise to interesting, natural poses. Photo by @hayspixels
Go beyond those selfies
It’s easy to think that Valentine’s Day shots are all about couple selfies. Be a little different and mix things up with some solo shots as well. Taking pictures of our significant others partaking in the day’s activities, creates a series of intimate shots. Take turns going behind the lens and discovering different perspectives of each other.
Sometimes, your partner has enough character to dominate the shot. Let her. Photo by @brandxportraits (#canonsg)
Prop things up
Distinguish your shots with props. This can be anything from rings, costumes, to cars. Both Star Wars fans? Bring toy lightsabers out and clash around Singapore! Are we avid foodies? A traditional tiffin carrier will work. These quirky accompaniments help to anchor each shot, give visual interest and insight into your personality.
This couple loves their vintage beetle and they added whimsy with some balloons. Credit: Wedding photography by Jeffery Koh
Acts of love
Bring out the message of love with your actions. Share a kiss against a dramatic backdrop, or maybe hook arms and act like kids. Get physical (keep it PG kids!) and it’ll show your special bond without saying a word.
A kiss is worth a thousand emoticons. Photo by @sammmsation (#canonsg)
It’s the effect in rage. With a wide aperture, you can keep your bokeh game strong. The effect is eye-catching and perfect for putting focus on your special someone. And don’t forget, It’s not all background bokeh!
A treetop walk gives plenty of opportunity to use the local foliage as bokeh framing. Photo by @d.annyyy (#canonsg)
Don’t get too stiff
Motion gives shots life. Get yours animated, with unconventional poses inspired by your theme or setting. Jump, tickle or just interact with each other. Jeffery recommends bringing a simple tripod along, then set it up running some multiple shots, get candid and pick the one you like best!
Mafia vibes are coming off this couple at Oxwell & Co. Credit: Wedding photography by Jeffery Koh
With these guidelines, you can easily achieve shots that will look great on any social platform. Just don’t overshare as some people might get more than a little jealous. Have a great celebration!