Couples photography poses, ideas and inspiration

01. The kiss.  Shot into the light, softly posed, purposeful yet delicate, anticipation of the perfect moment. I see so many kiss shots as a wedding photography tutor yet rarely do they work as they should. Love, intimacy and sensitivity are the real subjects of the shot, not the process of kissing.

Here are 40 of my shots from last weeks Photographing Couples workshop. I took 5 delegates on a tour around the streets of Bristol and we shot our couple en route. I used one Speedlight in manual mode on a lighting stand for some of the shots and the rest were lit with natural light. It rained almost all day but we worked under cover, in bars and with umbrellas.Being able to shoot in all weather is a plus especially if you ever want to shoot weddings. Delegates on this workshop got a lot of extra valuable tips about how to cope with wet weather and flat light.

Models: Nikki Chislett and her husband

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Join me on a Shooting Couples Workshop. You will learn a host of great poses and how to create and capture wonderful moments. I teach how to shoot with a rhythm and how to make shots interesting and varied. Please feel free to comment on these pictures.

 

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About Damien

Damien Lovegrove learned his trade as a cameraman and lighting director during 14 years at the BBC, working on programmes such as the Clothes Show, Top of the Pops and Casualty. Fifteen years on, Damien has become one of the foremost trainers of photography and entrepreneurial business strategies in our industry. A published writer and regular columnist, Damien has travelled the globe sharing his knowledge and expertise. “Photography fascinates me” declares Damien. "Much of my photography is inspired by a burning enthusiasm within me” explains Damien. “Picking up a camera gives me such a rush that I’m instantly driven to create pictures.”

15 thoughts on “Couples photography poses, ideas and inspiration

  1. these are great Damien!!!
    I am such a fan of yours. too bad you dont do any workshops in Poland. :( I would be your shadow. Perhaps you will have more of your workshops in download format. :) Great work again!!! One of those days we should do facetime on x-pro1.

    darek

  2. Thank you for teaching me so much on this workshop Damien. I now have more confidence to interact with a couple and create beautiful and consistent looking photos. My attempts are on my blog. I will certainly be booking on a workshop again. Maybe how to photograph a not so good looking or uncomfortable couple?

  3. Damien,
    What camera did you use during that session? Very creative and simple and the result so wonderful.
    Darek

  4. Awesome and creative as usual. I like the anticipation of intimacy used here so well. The couple are great. Lovely shots. The reason I keep coming back. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Superb images as usual Damien, hopefully I might make it to one of your workshops one day.

    Checked out your images too David (Stubbs), excellent work although I wouldn’t have tried to pass them off as a pre-wedding shoot. Why not come clean and state that you attended a workshop to improve your photography? After all we can all improve and I dont think anyone would criticise you for it.

  6. I like your thoughts on the kiss shot and think it works brilliantly. I’ve seen so many of these types of shots done that to be honest are awful to look at. Photographers tend to just use them when they’ve run out of ideas. ‘Give her a kiss then’ and all you see are scrunched up faces. Nothing intimate, no connection and not that good to look at. Stunning work!

  7. Thanks for the compliment Darren. Well it was a pre-wedding shoot, just not a real one! – ha. Other than saying the 3 words ‘pre wedding shoot’ in the title, there is no further write up to the post. If potential clients do find the post, then I don’t want to start confusing them. as I see it, here is a post of pre wedding shoot ‘type’ photos that I have done. I learnt so much on the day, it’s irrelevant and even happy to remove the pics from my site as the quality of my work has improved because of the day. – David

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