6 Tips for Rocking your First Couple’s Photoshoot

You and bae have signed up for a couple’s photoshoot. Now what? You’ve got the outfit and the posing to worry about. Need some help? Look no further! Here are 6 tips to help you rock your first couple’s photoshoot.

Burly and Puff Photoshoot Raleigh

In the month of March, I had this crazy streak of luck. I won $2 in the North Carolina Lottery. Chickfila gave me three extra nuggets during lunch one time. I also won a free couple’s photoshoot through an Instagram giveaway for a local photographer!

This was a huge deal for Randy and me. When we got engaged, no photoshoot. We didn’t have a wedding so we didn’t think a wedding photoshoot was necessary. Winning this photoshoot was amazing! We were so happy to have our own set of super cute photos. With this being our very first photoshoot as a couple (and Randy’s first photoshoot ever) we were a little nervous about the process. What do we wear? Will we be hella awkward? You know… normal fears.

The day came and we ended up rocking our shoot! The weather was beautiful. Our photographer was the bomb. Our outfits photographed well. Everything just seemed to fall into place. After going through this experience, I want to share 6 tips for rocking your first couple’s photoshoot.

Burly and Puff First Couple's Photoshoot

1. Build a Relationship with your Photographer

This is really key in shaking away the jitters of your first couple’s photoshoot. Our photographer was Cynthia Viola and she was AH-MAY-ZING. After we won our photoshoot she reached out to us, gave us her contact information, her helpful tips, etc. Leading up to our shoot she sent us friendly reminders and was always there if we had questions. When we met her on the day of our photoshoot, it felt like we already knew her and that she knew us. That in itself made us feel more comfortable.

Burly and Puff First Couple's Photoshoot

2. Research Couple’s Photoshoot Poses, Don’t Practice Them

Google and Instagram are great resources! The key to looking natural is to let the poses flow. If you practice the poses before your couple’s photoshoot, you may just go through the poses and your photos will look too posed and stiff. By researching your poses you can at least get some ideas of what to do. A lot of my favorite photos were captured in between the poses we tried out.

Burly and Puff Photoshoot

3. Mind the Weather

This goes for those of you doing outside shoots. When we scheduled our shoot it was supposed to be a warm and sunny Saturday morning. When we checked the forecast a day or two before, turns out the weather changed drastically. FREEZING AND FOGGY. That was where #1 came in. Cynthia messaged me and asked if we wanted to reschedule. If your photographer doesn’t ask you, don’t hesitate to ask them. Being too cold or too hot will show on your face and in your body language.

There is nothing cute about chapped lips, chattering teeth, watery eyes, and red noses in cold weather. Same thing goes for melting makeup and sweating through a shirt in extremely hot conditions. Hey, you’re paying for these bad boys! It’s all about your comfort.

Burly and Puff Coffeeshop Photoshoot

4. Avoid Coffee

You’ll want your smile to shine in your photos. Avoid coffee and foods/drinks with a lot of dyes. Drinking coffee right before your shoot could leave you with coffee teeth. Coffee breath could also make the kissing shots a little less enjoyable. Just saying… However, we did shoot a few snaps at a coffeeshop. If you’re doing any food or coffee scenes, save them for last.

Burly and Puff photo

5. Wear Outfits you LOVE

Just because a photoshoot seems fancy, you don’t have to go out and buy a new wardrobe. The outfits we’re wearing came out of our closet. If you do opt for a new outfit, wear it before the shoot. Make sure you love the color and the fit. You’ll want to be comfortable. There’s nothing worse than putting on a new top the day of your shoot and it’s itchy, ill-fitting, or too sheer. Your photoshoot is the perfect time to show off YOUR style.

Burly and Puff Photoshoot

6. Be Yourselves and Have Fun

Seriously. If you’re not enjoying yourself IT WILL SHOW IN YOUR PHOTOS! Whether you’re a quirky couple or a reserved one, do what makes you feel comfortable. This photoshoot is all about showcasing you two as a couple. Enjoy your little moments together and pretend the camera isn’t even there.

Burly and Puff photoshoot

Somehow Cynthia was able to edit out most of the awkwardness, but she couldn’t get it all. 

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  • Reply Jill @ RunEatSnap

    Cute photos! I am a photographer and I love the idea of couple’s photo shoots or anniversary shoots as I’ve recently heard about – great way to get new photos even though there’s no huge new event!

    April 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Apryl @ heart, hope, & hustle

    These tips are awesome! I totally agree with literally every one. My husband and I have been married for 6 years in May and we really need to get some more of these done! Great shots!

    April 3, 2017 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Aww your photos turned out great! And these are all great tips! I remember our engagement photo shoot – we were so nervous!

    April 3, 2017 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Abbey

    As a professional photographer, I 100% agree with all of these tips! 🙂 It’s so important to feel comfortable and look natural! 🙂

    April 3, 2017 at 2:19 pm
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      Thanks, Abbey! We had a great time on our shoot. Enjoyed it so much more once we shook the nerves.

      April 11, 2017 at 8:49 pm
  • Reply Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    ALL of these!! It’s so key to feel comfortable with your photographer, because you’re able to loosen up and be comfortable. My wedding photographer was from CA and our wedding was in NY. I knew her from online and won a free package (praise God!) But since we hadn’t met in person until the day before our wedding, she had us have a photoshoot with her so we could all get comfortable!

    April 3, 2017 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Mary Leigh

    These are such great tips. You two really rocked this photo session! I loved the points about getting ideas from the web prior, but still letting it flow naturally and wearing outfits you LOVE! Nobody wants to pay for photos and only kind of like what they’re wearing.

    April 3, 2017 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Vanessa K @Tapestry Chronicles

    These are ADORABLE! Hubby and I were so blessed to have a photographer friend of mine shoot our wedding for free as her gift to us. It was amazing and it was so nice since we already had a relationship with her. These are wonderful tips!

    April 3, 2017 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Krista

    Saffy you have such an intoxicating smile! You + your hubby are so cute together. Thanks for the tips xoxo

    April 3, 2017 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply Latisha

    Such great tips! I really want to get some done with my boyfriend! You both look so comfortable and you look like you’re having a lot of fun!!

    April 3, 2017 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply Allison

    HOW CUTE ARE YOU GUYS?!? I’ve enjoyed watching your IG Stories and seeing your interactions – good lookin couple (and you CLEARLY have fun together, which is so important)!

    April 3, 2017 at 11:00 pm
  • Reply Alexandra

    Great photos of a cute couple. So glad you got the opportunity to have this stage of your life as a couple documented on film. And the extra nuggets! 😉

    April 3, 2017 at 11:13 pm
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      Extra Nuggets > Photography Session… if I’m being honest. haha.

      April 11, 2017 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Silvia

    These pictures are so cute! I did a photoshoot with my boyfriend earlier this year but this gives me so many more ideas!

    April 3, 2017 at 11:35 pm
  • Reply Beth

    Oh my gosh, these photos are perfect! These are great tips to help people realize that photo shoots are actually a lot of fun. You two look great, I love the outfits you chose.

    April 4, 2017 at 12:56 am
  • Reply Airish

    Aww! Your photos are wonderful. You two make a great couple! ♥ Love the tips yoou’ve shared here! Btw, if you’re looking for a site to shop online, you may check out these links: AND Hope to hear from you soon! x

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance

    April 4, 2017 at 4:02 am
  • Reply Rachel

    YASSS! Love this! We’ve had some photographers who are so regimented that they didn’t really let us have fun haha – it’s not that they didn’t let us be ourselves and have fun, but they just would say what pose to go to next without inviting us to be silly haha

    April 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      That was the total opposite of our photographer. She said, “I’m not going to pose you at all. I may ask you to move an arm this way or leg that way but that’s it.” It worked out great. I’m really happy with our photos.

      April 11, 2017 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    I so wish I read this post before we did engagement pictures. All these photos turned out so beautifully! You two looked like you had so much fun!

    April 4, 2017 at 2:06 pm
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      We really did have a good time. We just didn’t want to seem stiff or scared on camera. I think we pulled it off.

      April 11, 2017 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Allison

    Great tips! We just did a family photo shoot and it was so fun!

    April 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Liz

    Oh my gosh yes! As a photographer I always want the focus to be on the couple and their style, and I love love love when photos let the subjects’ personalities shine! You all look amazing and I love all of your tips! <3

    April 4, 2017 at 5:33 pm
  • Reply Courtney CJ

    This is the cutest thing ever! I love your tips about researching but not PRACTICING the poses and doing the food last. Although, knowing me champagne would be involved probably throughout the duration. Great photos!

    April 4, 2017 at 11:11 pm
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      Hey, champagne won’t stain teeth. So you’re set. haha.

      April 11, 2017 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Stephanie | vimandvigor

    girl you are too funny! I could have used these tips before our engagement shoot. We had no idea what we were doing AND it snowed.


    April 5, 2017 at 12:07 am
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      Snow… no. just no. I can only imagine how you felt. But I’m sure they turned out great! Your wedding photos surely did! I saw your throwback for your hubby’s birthday today. Too cute.

      April 11, 2017 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Amanda Rosson

    Great tips!! These photos are absolutely adorable!!

    April 5, 2017 at 7:07 am
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