Working with couples offer their own challenges and rewards. They amuse themselves while you fiddle with your camera settings, which is nice; they also bring their own intimacy and mood to the shoot. But they can be challenging, especially if one person is uncomfortable in front of the lens. Here are a few ideas for working with couples:
- The more points of touch, the greater the intimacy. Work with hands, foreheads, hips, cheeks, and noses.
- Lead them through a sequence of moves in one position:
- Start facing each other; put your forehead together; rub noses; now, roll your head out to face the camera; give her a tickle; caress his cheek.
- When walking, go slow. Make sure the hands/arms aren't awkward or swinging widely. If they are, hook their thumb in their pocket
- When facing forward, make sure their weight is on one leg versus equally balanced (it's more natural and relaxed); bend arms and legs to create angles
- When sitting, start by placing one person, then the other. Don't have them "sit on the bench together."
- Don't be afraid of giving specific direction, even as detailed as "look at his hand."