Get up close and personal with your couple photographs. Discover more ways to capture the bond and intimacy of two people in a single photograph. This article contains ideas to help you turn up the notch on your couple shots.

Bring out the personality of couples with themed shoots!

 

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF50mm f/1.8 II | f/3.2 | ISO 100 | 1/250s

Use a theme for your shoot – a favourite movie, colour or even hobby. After the theme has been decided, work props, outfits and even the location into the theme. Remember that couple photographs are about the bond between two subjects and the theme helps brings out their personality.

Choose a style – timeless, nostalgic or candid?

 

Decide on a style that will best go with the chosen theme – classic, vintage or lifestyle. A classic couple photoshoot would involve more formal poses. This style of photography would make the photograph have a timeless and chic feel to it. In a sense, this would bring out the beauty in the ordinary.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM | f/7.1 | ISO 800 | 1/160s

Vintage would make for a more nostalgic shoot. Props like fairy lights and wine glasses can be used to add a little rustic yet sophisticated vibe to the photograph.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II | f/4.0 | ISO 1000 | 1/4000s

Lifestyle photography is more candid, but also with some direction to the photograph. For this style – it is more important than for other styles – that your subjects are comfortable with you entering their intimate space to be photographed. When your subjects are comfortable with you photographing them, it allows for an easier time of capturing the raw and honest intimate moments.

Pair your camera with the right lens

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV are great for couple photography. Pair them with the Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and close in on moments to capture all the precious memories. Alternatively, use the Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens to photograph in smaller spaces.

Mix up the variants of poses

 

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II | f/3.5 | ISO 50 | 1/1000s

Common couple poses include holding hands, hugging and even kissing. Mix up the variants of poses by photographing from different angles – the back of the couple looking into the distance or get them to lie down and photographing from above.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III | f/1.4 | ISO 500 | 1/1250s

Pay attention to the details of the clothes and use props when necessary. Couple shots don’t necessarily require the faces of the subjects. It could also be a close up photograph of a meaningful object that is worn, a close up on the faces to capture the emotions or even the shadows of a couple sharing an intimate moment.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II | f/6.3 | ISO 100 | 1/125s

Themed shoots come in handy when you need to take more candid and fun shots. Say for example, a superhero shoot gives the couple more space to do other types of poses. This also allows the personalities of the subjects to show through your photograph.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM | f/4.0 | ISO 320 | 1/2000s

If possible, plan the type of poses before the shoot and this will help to make the shoot run smoothly. Planning of the outfits and location will also help as you will conceptualise beforehand and reduce the variables that will affect the quality of your photograph.

The best couple photograph depends on how well you capture the bond between the two subjects. There are many ways you could choose to get this done, but always remember that you need to let your subjects be comfortable enough to let you into their space.

Photos by Ryan Cheng