The Guidebook | #8 The Couples Shoot

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Wedding Guidebook - Hochzeits Leitfaden - Hochzeitsfotograf OberösterreichWe are almost at the end of this little guidebook by now, and there are only a couple of chapters left, but this one is especially close to my heart. The thought of dedicating a full hour (best case scenario) to do a couple's photo shoot on your wedding day can seem a bit daunting, especially if you have never stood infront of a camera before. So in order to assuage your fears I've quickly listed up what I expect from my couples during this time and what I will and won't make the do. Here we go:

What I expect:

NOTHING! In a nutshell, I expect nothing of my bride and groom. Please don't worry about doing well in front of a camera, or about doing all the right poses or trying to look extra in love or extra bubbly. It's absolutely not necessary! As your photographer it's my job to make sure that your pictures turn out great - not yours. I simply want you to enjoy these couple of minutes (trust me the time will pass in a heartbeat) of calm in the middle of your special day. Just like the shoot during the First Look, think of it as a mini-break, during which you can breath and get your bearings a bit. Often times, a wedding day passes in such a hurry, that you don't really get to commit all the special moments and experiences to memory.

What I won't do:
  • I won't spend the hour yelling instructions at you about where to place your hands or how hold your heads
  • I won't ask you to make silly faces at each other
  • I wont't make you jump around to get those 'fun' shots
  • I won't make you stand appart from each other looking somber
What I will make you do:

There are a couple of things that I'll ask you to do for me during the couples shoot:

  • First off, I'll ask you to ignore me
  • I'll ask you to simply focus on each other and only look in my direction when I tell you to
  • I'll ask you not to 'pose' for me (exept maybe once, when we get the 'grandma shot' out of the way. You know that classic portrait that your parents and grandparents can hang on their gallery wall. 😉 )
  • I'll ask you to stay closely together at all times, I'll do all the walking around you to get the good shots
  • Every now and then I'll probably ask you to take a couple of steps in my direction, but
  • all in all, I only ask you to enjoy youselves. Feel free to hug, kiss, talk to each other, crack jokes, whatever you feel like doing. It's all perfectly fine and the less you think about what you should or shouldn't do, the better a time you are going to have during the couple shoot.

I hope I could clear up some of the questions you might have had about that part of the wedding day, but as always, if you have more or if there's anything else you'd like to know, please feeel free to ask. 🙂


Have you already seen Part 1-7 of The Guidebook? No? Then click here. 😉

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