Pho­tograph­ing a cou­ple is a love sto­ry that a pho­tog­ra­ph­er can show to the whole world. But how to make it non-stan­dard, styl­ish and inter­est­ing? We col­lect­ed some rec­om­men­da­tions and cool ideas for shoot­ing a cou­ple in this guide.

Every cou­ple is spe­cial. And the pho­tog­ra­ph­er can tell her love sto­ry in a few shots. Pho­to: pinterest.ru

Help­ful Tips for Pho­tograph­ing a Cou­ple
Beau­ti­ful pho­tos of cou­ples in love in the city
Ideas for a love sto­ry in nature
Ideas for a pho­to of a cou­ple in the stu­dio

Helpful Tips for Photographing a Couple

1. Styl­ize pho­tog­ra­phy. A man and a woman should be from the “same sto­ry” — the style of cloth­ing, hair­styles should be the same. The plot, where she is in a dress, he is in a track­suit, usu­al­ly looks bad.

2. Think over the route in advance. It can be: a prom­e­nade through his­tor­i­cal places (warm, charm­ing clas­sics), a walk along a street with mod­ern build­ings (hard and cold urban), etc. The image and loca­tion of the shoot­ing should not con­tra­dict each oth­er.

3. Mul­ti­fac­eted com­po­si­tion and acces­sories. Pho­tos must be dif­fer­ent. Hun­dreds of pic­tures where peo­ple stand on the same line, in the same pos­es — it’s bor­ing. You can put one of them in the fore­ground, ask peo­ple to fool around, laugh, scream, fight with pil­lows. It is worth using var­i­ous items as acces­sories (umbrel­la, bou­quet, etc.) so that the mod­els have their hands full.

4. Light. Out­doors, a reflec­tor is usu­al­ly enough to catch and direct the sun’s rays. How to work with a reflec­tor, which one to choose for shoot­ing, was told in our blog.

5. If you have to shoot peo­ple who have no expe­ri­ence in film­ing, very tight, you need to lib­er­ate them. We pre­pared a spe­cial mate­r­i­al in which we described many life hacks for lib­er­a­tion.

And now we will show exam­ples of styl­ish and cute pho­tos of cou­ples at var­i­ous loca­tions.

Beautiful photos of couples in love in the city

Dur­ing the pho­to walk, the task is to go through the des­ig­nat­ed points of the pre­vi­ous­ly com­piled route + take a pho­to in motion, in dynam­ics.

Option 1. Put the man in the fore­ground, the girl 1 meter fur­ther than him, with her back to you. On the count of three, she should turn over whichev­er shoul­der is clos­est to the man. The rota­tion can be made incom­plete, by 90–100 degrees. As a result, we get a mul­ti-lay­ered frame, beau­ti­ful­ly fly­ing hair.

Rotat­ed image exam­ple. Illus­tra­tion: YouTube chan­nel Alexan­der Gomenyuk l Chan­nel about pho­tog­ra­phy

Option 2. Let the mod­els move, com­mu­ni­cate, inter­act with each oth­er. When they walk, laugh, talk, they show real emo­tions. And the pho­tog­ra­ph­er can, by watch­ing them, eval­u­ate which angle is the most advan­ta­geous, how to cor­rect the frame so that it becomes bet­ter. For exam­ple, ask the mod­el to look into the frame. And the man, on the con­trary, turn away, show indif­fer­ence to what is hap­pen­ing.

An exam­ple of a pic­ture with a girl in the fore­ground. Illus­tra­tion: YouTube chan­nel Alexan­der Gomenyuk l Chan­nel about pho­tog­ra­phy

Option 3. Rain is roman­tic. But if there is no rain, it can be made by impro­vised meth­ods. To do this, you need a trans­par­ent deep umbrel­la and a spray bot­tle with water.

The girl should be put on 3⁄4 in rela­tion to the pho­tog­ra­ph­er, the man stands behind her. And takes half a step towards the pho­tog­ra­ph­er. So he will not “hide” behind a part­ner. In the hand that is clos­er to the cam­era, the man takes an umbrel­la. And tilts it for­ward a lit­tle. The pho­tog­ra­ph­er needs to sprin­kle water on the umbrel­la and make a beau­ti­ful shot.

An exam­ple of a pho­to of a por­trait of a cou­ple in love behind a trans­par­ent wet umbrel­la. Illus­tra­tion: YouTube chan­nel Alexan­der Gomenyuk l Chan­nel about pho­tog­ra­phy

Option 4. You can play with light and back­ground. Rough, imper­fect tex­tures look very atmos­pher­ic. If this were not so, there would not be so many loft and grunge fans. How to make a pho­to against the wall more inter­est­ing? Play with the sun.


  • close your eyes and put your head on your partner’s shoul­der;
  • try to catch a sun­beam;
  • put a lat­tice, grid, hon­ey­comb between the mod­els and the sun — so that the light falls with an inter­est­ing shad­ow;
  • or you can just close your­self from it with your hand, as the mod­el from the exam­ple did.
Who said that an ordi­nary wall can­not become a styl­ish pho­to back­drop? Illus­tra­tion: YouTube chan­nel Alexan­der Gomenyuk l Chan­nel about pho­tog­ra­phy

Ideas for a love story in nature

You can take many beau­ti­ful pic­tures out­doors. The choice of loca­tions is huge: reser­voirs, parks, field, for­est, moun­tains, beach.

How to choose the right sto­ry?

  • Under­stand the wish­es of the cou­ple. Just ask — what do you want? It is bet­ter that they show exam­ples, pho­tos that they like.
  • From the cat­e­go­ry of “what you like” select “what is real.” These are avail­able places, images avail­able (or that can be col­lect­ed), acces­sories.
  • The last fil­ter is to under­stand how real­is­tic it is to imple­ment the plan with spe­cif­ic mod­els. For exam­ple, a cute, mod­est guy and a girl may not quite fit into the images of an unin­hib­it­ed cou­ple of extreme rock climbers. It is bet­ter in this case to offer them an alter­na­tive. For exam­ple, shoot­ing in the same moun­tains, but with hors­es.

Now we will show some exam­ples of cool love sto­ry pho­tos of cou­ples in love.

Option 1. Pho­to of cou­ples hug­ging is a clas­sic. But if you want some­thing unusu­al, this option is suit­able. Any loca­tion can be cho­sen. In the Kan­bokeh canal exam­ple, there are moun­tains and a body of water. At a dis­tance of sev­er­al meters from the back­ground, a low rack is placed. On it you need to stretch paper or a back­ground (which is not a pity).

In the cen­ter you need to make a hole and “open” the paper petals out­ward. The size of the hole depends on the idea of ​​the final frame. It remains for the mod­els to stand between the paper rack and the nat­ur­al back­ground so as to com­plete­ly fit in the pic­ture. Mod­els can be pho­tographed in motion or in any posi­tion.

An exam­ple of an unusu­al pho­to of a cou­ple. Illus­tra­tion: YouTube chan­nel Kan­bokeh

Option 2. The task is to take 2 pho­tos at the same loca­tion in motion. First, the guy needs to stand half a turn to the cam­era, raise his head and imag­ine that the girl is some­where high. He needs to get to her. Next, you need to make the same frame with the girl. You don’t have to jump high. The main thing is to reach out to your part­ner. The final touch is to com­bine two pho­tos in any edi­tor.

Such a pho­to of a cou­ple is an orig­i­nal idea for those who are tired of bor­ing pic­tures. Illus­tra­tion: YouTube chan­nel Kan­bokeh

Photo of couples on the beach

The beach is a pop­u­lar place for fam­i­ly, sin­gles, roman­tic pho­to shoots, love sto­ry shoot­ing for a wed­ding, etc. The place is uni­ver­sal. You can take a good pic­ture at any time of the day: at dawn, at sun­set, dur­ing the day and even at night.

There is no need to even come up with addi­tion­al acces­sories for the shy. There is sand, water, sun to inter­act with. We have col­lect­ed sev­er­al exam­ples of live­ly and warm pho­tos.

Option 1. An exam­ple of a sta­t­ic pho­to. The man lies on his back. The woman lies on his chest. He hugs her. They both have their eyes closed. Doz­ing, warmed by the rays of the after­noon sun.

An exam­ple of a pho­to of a cou­ple in an embrace. Illus­tra­tion: YouTube chan­nel Andrew Brant

Option 2. An exam­ple of a pho­to in motion. Ask the mod­els to just walk along the beach. They can talk, play with sand, splash water. Any­thing you want. From acces­sories, you can add a tip­pet or a blan­ket.

The woman comes to the fore. The man stands behind her and turns 3⁄4 to the cam­era. He is cov­ered with a stole ini­tial­ly and cov­ers her. A great space for touch­ing and ten­der pho­tos. You can remove the kiss, stroking the face, hug­ging.

Love­ly pho­to of lovers on the beach. Illus­tra­tion: YouTube chan­nel Andrew Brant

Option 3. Adding more dynam­ics. A cou­ple can be asked to fool around. For exam­ple, a girl can jump on a guy’s back. Even if the cou­ple was ini­tial­ly very tight, such actions will help stir it up. Peo­ple fall into the sand, fool around, laugh. And they do it nat­u­ral­ly.

A fun, cute and emo­tion­al pho­to of a cou­ple on the beach. Illus­tra­tion: YouTube chan­nel Andrew Brant

The reser­voir is a loca­tion for active move­ment. Here you can run, splash, cir­cle each oth­er in the water.

Shoot­ing a love sto­ry is about emo­tions. So let them be bright and sin­cere. Illus­tra­tion: YouTube chan­nel Andrew Brant

Ideas for a photo of a couple in the studio

How to shoot indoors? The main thing when work­ing in a stu­dio is light. It can ruin every­thing or, on the con­trary, fix it. Each pho­tog­ra­ph­er has his own favorite set of flash­es, light mod­i­fiers.

The set of light­ing depends on the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the stu­dio (there are win­dows or not, its size), the inten­si­ty of nat­ur­al light, the time of day. We talked in detail about con­stant light­ing in the stu­dio and made an overview of the min­i­mum set for stu­dio shoot­ing.

Let’s move on to exam­ples of beau­ti­ful love sto­ries in the stu­dio.

Option 1. An exam­ple where a girl jumps on a guy’s back is also rel­e­vant in a stu­dio set­ting. This pos­ture is very dynam­ic. A cou­ple can com­mu­ni­cate, a girl dan­gles her legs, arms, a guy can spin her — you get a beau­ti­ful effect of fly­ing hair. The exam­ple below shows the dif­fer­ence between win­dow light­ing and flash light­ing.

First pho­to with nat­ur­al light, near a win­dow (ISO 2000, shut­ter speed 1/125). Sec­ond and third pho­tos — flash added, stand­ing against the wall in front of the mod­els (ISO 250, shut­ter speed 1/100). Illus­tra­tion: Youtube chan­nel Pho­to­school Back2School

Option 2. In this exam­ple, there is nat­ur­al light from a win­dow (on the left) and a flash on the right side of the pho­tog­ra­ph­er. An acces­so­ry that does not let mod­els get bored and involves them in move­ment is pil­lows. Let the lovers fool around a lit­tle. They don’t have to look at the cam­era, they can only look at each oth­er.

So you can make a fun­ny pho­to of a mar­ried cou­ple. Set­tings: ISO 200, shut­ter speed 1/100. Illus­tra­tion: Youtube chan­nel Pho­to­school Back2School

Option 3. Sta­t­ic pho­to on the bed. From this posi­tion, you can take a pho­to of a kiss­ing cou­ple (entire­ly, only faces, hands). Mod­els can inter­act: look at each oth­er, hug, stroke the face, hold hands.

An exam­ple of a cute pho­to of a cou­ple in love on the bed. Illus­tra­tion: YouTube chan­nel Pho­to­school Back2School, YouTube chan­nel Pho­to­school Friends

More good cou­ple pho­to pos­es are in the Pos­ing App. It is paid (156 rubles), avail­able on both iOS and Android. In the appli­ca­tion, pose exam­ples are divid­ed into cat­e­gories: men, women, cou­ples, fash­ion and oth­ers. A good cheat sheet for both pho­tog­ra­phers and mod­els.

Many more cre­ative ideas for shoot­ing a cou­ple and one mod­el have been col­lect­ed in our blog. We hope that these exam­ples will help you take beau­ti­ful and unusu­al pho­tos.


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