How to take your own couple portraits

Last week, and while I have an abundance of time I decided to rope the Husband into a sweet couple shoot. He's such a good sport and patient with my photo demands! I'm going to let you know how I did our self portrait shots and what I used.


What you need:

-Camera or phone

-Tripod

-Self timer option or remote


I am very used to using a tripod and self timer or my remote to create images whether that's of myself or of us both as a couple. Last year we travelled down the East coast of Australia and every couple image taken, was done on my camera self timer. And there were so many! It's not as hard as you may think. Here's how I did our couple shoot below.


Taking my DSLR, I attached it to my large tripod and also added my remote trigger to the top. If you don't have a trigger and a remote you can set it onto the self timer option. I prefer to use my remote as it saves me keep going back to the camera after each shot. I just use my remote and click from where we are.


If you don't have a remote, simply use the self timer on your camera or your phone. There are also lots of tripods online for cameras and for phones.


I used my studio lighting set up but you can just find an area that's well lit or even do them outdoors.


Taking the shot. Make sure you focus the shot before you click the self timer or remote, as this will determine what the photo focuses on when it's actually taken. As there were two of us, I would use Ben, look through the view finder and make sure the focus is on is face. I'd then be ready to join him and take the shot.


Posing. Don't be awkward. Just have fun. Focus on looking at each other, be silly and click away. Take lots! Then go through them and pick out your favourites. You might find the silly ones or the 'reaction' shots are the best. Don't feel like you have to stare at the camera and be overly static in your shots.


This advice can be done using a camera or a phone. All phone will have a self timer option. Take your time, dress up and have fun!




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