5 Tips to make couples smile

5 Tips to make couples smile

 When it comes to their work, every professional photographer has their own style,
but the common goal for everyone behind a camera, is to capture their client’s
natural expressions effortlessly. Having the ability to evoke emotions like a smile,
and timing them to perfection, is truly an art. It is not always easy to get a bride and
groom to follow your lead. This is where patience and creativity are key! It is also
important to remember that your clients are not “professional models” and
sometimes, even when they are in a relaxed state, they may be uncomfortable in
front of you, or merely because a camera is pointed at them.  Whatever the case, if
they are too shy, the images you capture may not be as amazing as could be if you
wish them to be. The best results come when your clients smile sincerely and you
get to capture the moment with unique pictures. While there no one rule or “Success
Formula” to achieve these results, the following tips can help!


Photo: Fer Juaristi


1) Feel comfortable in front of the couple
Naturalness must come from you. Simple as it may seem, it does not always occur
to everyone. Some less experienced photographers, for example, may feel nervous
when taking photographs, so being funny and/or natural with clients may be a little
difficult at first. It is very important to create a pleasant atmosphere and to approach
the couple with sincerity. This, of course, means being you! You do not have to
pretend, for example, that “you’re long-time friends” and fake an intimacy that does
not yet exist. But it is extremely necessary to be friendly, pleasant, and open to
developing a really sincere friendship. It is important to take an interest couple’s
history and what their expectations are with regards to work.


2) Love your job
If you make a living out of taking photographs of people, you should genuinely
enjoy dealing with people! It’s hard to imagine a totally antisocial photographer
taking captivating, sincere and sentimental pictures. More than being able to interact
with your customers and make them comfortable in front of the camera, you should
exude a sense of satisfaction and love for your work.  Any discontent you may have,
will be felt by your clients, and will make it much harder for them to produce a natural
smile. Rest assured that when your clients feel your passion for what you do, they
will know that they are in good hands!
Photo: Bruno Rosa
3) Shoot them quickly
One of the most important tips is to act quickly. Making a couple stay in any position
for too long will bring an end to the fun and naturalness of the moment and risks
ending in embarrassment. Keep in mind that you can’t really expect sincere smiles
for more than a second or two, so be swift!


4) Do not force the couple to do things that they do not resonate with
The more you know about the couple and their personalities, the easier it will be for
you to determine what they will be comfortable with. For example, not every couple
is 100% romantic, so it is important to take into consideration that each couple may
express their affection in different ways. They key is to let yourself flow with the
couple, without hindering your creativity. For example, if you inform your clients
ahead of time that some of the poses may look or feel “weird”, they feel be prepared
and not resist as much. If they know that you have done this a lot of times and the
results will be spectacular, they will be more likely get over their shyness or
apprehension. So, capturing incredible pictures in unique settings like the couple in
the middle of a crowded park will be easier, and the couple will thank you for taking a
chance and doing something they did not expect. They just need to trust you, and
embrace the situation, with a smile!


Foto: Donatella Barbera
5) Be yourself
It’s no use telling jokes, unless you’re a good comedian! Be pleasant to the couple, in
your own way. If you are naturally a funny person, who likes to play around with
situations, that’s great! But if you are a little quieter, that’s not a problem at all. The
only requirement is to be friendly, natural and happy with the work you are doing, so
that you will make your customers comfortable with you (and the camera). The
laughs that result will be natural, and that is what you are looking for.  Remember, a
photographer who conveys confidence and joy in what he does, will automatically
create a pleasant environment with the couple. The result will be naturally captured
beautiful and memorable pictures on a dream wedding venue!