Whether it’s an engagement session with your wedding photography package, or you’ve booked a romantic couple shoot to celebrate an anniversary, there’s some ways you can maximise your session for some absolutely amazing photos.
Get the Best Light
This is probably the first bit to consider – when do you want your session. During the summer, most people automatically opt for the middle of the day, when the sun is at its brightest. It makes sense, but it’s not actually the best time of day for photos. Getting good light isn’t about how strong it is, but how soft it is. Strong direct light tends to make people squint a lot more, and it casts a lot of shadows. The best time of day is the fabled golden hour – usually, a couple of hours before sunset when the sun is at its lowest, the light is softer and more flattering. It smoothes out the skin, there’s a warmth to it that flatters skin tones, and you’ll avoid squinting. It usually results in lovely skyscapes behind you too.
Dress For A Date
I often have couples ask me what they should wear to a session. I prefer not to be overly prescriptive, but some simple tips I would suggest:
Avoid logos or branding – it dates the images instantly, as logos drift in and out of fashion. It also diverts attention away from everything else and straight onto the logo.
Find a similar palette – If you’re coming together it makes sense to dress in colours that work well together, so look out for things that you both like. Mix colours and shades and try and avoid dressing in a single colour, eg. black.
Dress for a date – depending on what you’re doing together for your session, dressing in clothes that you feel good in will make a massive difference! So dig out those jeans you love, put on those boots that make you walk a little taller, pop on your favourite hat or scarf. How you feel inside will translate quickly into how you appear on the outside.
Find the Location
Local parks are often a popular destination for a couple session. But if you’re looking for something slightly different, there are lots of exciting and interesting places you can explore. For example, how about a forest by a loch? Maybe a waterfall? A quiet secluded beach? a picturesque coastal town? A hillside with stunning scenery? These are some of the gorgeous locations all within an hour of Glasgow that I’ve visited before, and can happily recommend if you’re looking for suggestions.