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7 Effective Ways to Tackle Awkward Couple Photoshoot: Pitfalls & Solutions

We've all been there – that awkward moment when you're asked to take a couple's photo, and you have no idea how to go about it. But don't worry, we're here to help. Here are seven effective ways to tackle awkward couple photoshoots:

1. Smile Naturally

The first and most important thing to do is to relax and smile naturally. If you're feeling awkward, chances are it will show in the photos. So take a few deep breaths and focus on enjoying the moment.

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Mistakes

Sometimes when we smile naturally, our head pulls back into our necks, making our necks look weird and giving us an awkward picture. Many people think that they have to arch their back and put their chest out to look good in photos.

However, this makes you look slouchy and accentuates your stomach.

Solution

To avoid this, keep your head level with your shoulders and let your smile come from your eyes. You could also think about something that makes you genuinely happy. This will help you relax your face and produce a more natural-looking smile.

You should also tilt your head slightly to the side and lower your shoulder to avoid a double chin. To avoid looking slouchy, keep your back straight and your chest down.

2. The Hollywood Kiss

To do it, simply have the man hold the lady's hands or put his hand around the woman's waist and pull her in close. Then, both of you lean in and kiss each other lightly.

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Mistakes

One common mistake is to take this photo when the couple is still too far from each other. This results in an awkward-looking photo where the heads look disproportionate, and the lips look stretched.

Another mistake is to have the man's hand placed too low on the woman's waist, which can make her look uncomfortable.

Solution

To avoid these mistakes, make sure the couple is close enough to each other so that their heads are in proportion and perfectly time the kiss. The man's hand should also be placed slightly above the woman's waist or on her lower back.

They could even hold hands for a more romantic photo. This will help create a more natural and intimate-looking photo.

3. The Lean In

To do it, simply have the man put his hand around the woman's waist and pull her close. Then, both of you lean in and kiss each other lightly.

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Mistakes

One common mistake is having the woman wrap her arm around the man's neck. This makes the photo look unnatural and can be uncomfortable for the man if the woman is taller than him.

Solution

Instead, have the woman put her hand on the man's chest. This will help create a more intimate feeling and avoid any awkwardness.

4. The Head Touch

To do this pose, have the man stand in front of the woman and lightly touch his forehead to hers. Then, both of you close your eyes and lean in slightly.

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Mistakes

A lot of people tend to tense up when they do this pose, which results in an awkward-looking photo. Your partner can also hide you from view if you are standing in the wrong angle.

Solution

To avoid this, simply relax your body and face muscles. You can also put your hand on the man's chest to help ground yourself. As for the side leaning, make sure to keep your shoulders parallel to each other and your heads tilted at the same angle.

5. The Walk and Talk

This is a great pose if you want to capture a more natural and candid moment. To do it, simply have the couple walk side by side while talking to each other.

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Mistakes

One common mistake is to have the couple walk too close to each other. This can make the photo look staged and unnatural.

Solution

Instead, have the couple walk a few steps apart from each other. This will help capture a more candid and natural moment.

6. The Cuddle

This is a great pose for couples who want to show off their affection for each other. To do it, have the man wrap his arms around the woman's waist and pull her in close. Then, both of you can rest your heads on each other's shoulders and close your eyes.

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Mistakes

One mistake people make is not being close enough to each other. This results in an awkward-looking photo where the heads look disproportionate, and the arms look stretched.

Solution

To avoid this, make sure that the man's arms are snug around the woman's waist and that both of your heads are touching. You can also put your hand on the man's chest to help ground yourself.

7. The Loving Stare

For this pose, you and your partner will need to sit or stand facing each other and gaze deeply into each other's eyes. Let yourself be drawn into their gaze and feel the connection between you. Allow yourself to feel the love and care that they have for you.

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Mistakes

Some people lose focus and start thinking about other things. It is important to keep your focus on your partner and the connection you feel. Other people start to feel uncomfortable and self-conscious.

Solution

It is important to relax and let yourself feel the love. Avoid getting distracted and losing the connection with your partner.

  • If your mind wanders, simply bring your attention back to your partner's eyes.
  • If you find it difficult to relax, try focusing on your partner's breath. Watch as they inhale and exhale, and match your breathing to theirs.
  • If you start to feel uncomfortable, take a break and try again later

Conclusion

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your couple photoshoot is a success. Be sure to communicate with your partner, take your time, and have fun.

With a little planning and effort, you can create beautiful and memorable photos that you'll cherish for a lifetime. Thank you for reading, and we hope this was helpful.

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