Minimalism is one way you can change up a classic couples photography session. Close-ups are often able to capture emotion more than a classic portrait. If you’re searching for inspiration for your next couples shoot, give these tips a try.
In this article, we’ll share some examples from a photoshoot where we tried to include as few distractions as possible. This lets you focus on the details and close-ups of what makes the couple unique.
The background can affect the overall feel of a photo. For minimalistic couples photography, use a background that is as clean and simple as possible. When planning the shoot, choose a setting that is simple rather than filled with distracting elements.
If you’re shooting outdoors, find a brick wall, wooden gate, or concrete. The most minimalist background you can use is a white canvas or white wall.
A minimalist background will help keep the attention on the details and the couple’s emotional connection. It also won’t distract from or undermine the overall concept of minimalism.
Lighting is an important part of the photoshoot and can greatly affect the mood and feel of the picture. It is best to use soft and diffused light for a minimalist couples photo. This helps keep the photo simple and emphasizes the couple’s connection.
The position of light is best at about a 45-degree angle from the side. This works almost every time. You can also try what’s called Rembrandt lighting. With Rembrandt lighting, you use light from the side, leaving part of the face in the shadows and partially lighting the face just below the eye.
Another interesting lighting option is to put the light as close to the faces as possible and have the couple look directly into the light.
Wear pastel colors or black and white
Soft pastels or black and white are best for minimalist photos. These soft and delicate colors add subtlety and softness to the images, which is perfect for capturing the small details of the couple’s connection.
I decided to edit this session all in black and white. The couple wore minimalist black and white clothing, so this made the most sense.
Close-ups of joined hands and faces
One of the most popular shots in couples photography is a close-up of joined hands. Couples often hold hands which symbolizes their strong relationship. However, you don’t have to stick to the traditional hand-in-hand shots in your couples shoot. Try capturing the couple stroking their hands or holding each other’s fingers. This can be a very emotional moment.
You can do other interesting things with hair. Even with the faces not in focus, it works.
These are very intimate moments you are capturing, so bring along a lens with a longer focal length. The distance makes sure you won’t intrude on the couples personal space, but also that you won’t miss a single detail. On the other hand, you need to interact with the couple. Try 85mm or 50mm, whichever works for you. It’s not a good idea to get right up in their faces with a wide-angle lens.
Experiment with composition
When using elements of minimalism in couples photography, focus on keeping it simple with few distractions as possible. But don’t be afraid to play around with composition. Try shooting from different angles and distances. Minimalism doesn’t have to be about just one detail. If you step back a little further, creating negative space can be a good addition to the entire series.
Allow the couple to interact
The best way to capture authentic moments between partners is to let them interact with one another. Allow them to spontaneously react to each other and capture moments when they are laughing, talking, or holding hands. Also, try to find a balance between giving instructions and taking over. There is no need to force fake emotions with instructions like “smile,” or “quick, act like you like each other.” Guide your subjects to talk to one another, talk about their day, or something they are excited about. Yes, you can ask them to kiss. But don’t try to force generic emotions that are not genuine.
You can use minimalism to create many beautiful and authentic shots that capture the beauty and uniqueness of each couple. It is important to focus on important details like joined hands, facial expressions, or hair.
A minimalist couples photography session can be a beautiful and emotional experience for both the photographer and the couple. Focus on simplicity, authenticity, and the small details that capture the connection between the couple.
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