Posing for Love Shots

Have you identified your look of love yet?

If you are planning to take self portraits to gift to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, there are a few more tips to consider before you get snapping:

Make it fun: This is especially important if you are taking couples shots. If your goal is to capture an image of you and your sweetie being yourselves, then you need to be comfortable in front of the camera. Rather than striking formal poses, loosen up a bit. Be playful and fun with each other, and then hit the remote to snap the photo. If you have a DSLR, set it up so that you can take a series of shots automatically. The end result will be similar to pictures taken in a photo booth. Employing this technique allows you and your partner to be spontaneous. In the end you will walk away with a slew of candid pics that you can treasure well beyond Valentine’s Day.

Rotate photographers: While your camera’s self-timer feature is a lifesaver when you want to take photos featuring both you and your lover, you might also consider snapping a few individual shots. Take turns playing photographer, and don’t be afraid to suggest poses, call out directions and get close to your subject. The fun activity is a great way to get your partner to let down his or her guard. What’s more, if you are planning to take more intimate shots, having an actual person behind the camera lens helps with composition and focus.

Composition: In regards to composition, treat a Valentine’s Day photo session as you would a portrait shoot. Don’t be afraid to zoom in on specific body parts. For example, a person’s eyes are especially powerful in pictures. Poses that include your honey longingly staring into a camera’s lens can be far more sensual than poses that are overtly sexual.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.