How to Photograph Couples: A Detailed Tutorial

I am a professional wedding, portrait, and fashion photographer, and have almost three decades of experience photographing couples. I created this video to provide lighting, posing and location tips and tricks in a few different scenarios to give photographers some inspiration on how to photograph couples. Photographing couples comes with a host of challenges to […]

How to Photograph Couples: A Detailed Tutorial

I am a professional wedding, portrait, and fashion photographer, and have almost three decades of experience photographing couples. I created this video to provide lighting, posing and location tips and tricks in a few different scenarios to give photographers some inspiration on how to photograph couples.

Photographing couples comes with a host of challenges to navigate, including different body types, shapes, personalities, and confidence levels. My purpose is to simplify this intimidating process to be able to bring out the best in any couple, anywhere.

Identifying the best light, finessing poses, and bringing out the best in a couple will enable individuals to take their photography to the next level. A mistake commonly made by photographers is to simply choose a location based on what appears to be the best or most scenic. However, for those first starting out, I recommend selecting a backdrop where the lighting is predictable.

Upon mastering that, it is then a good time to venture out and explore more challenging locations. Understanding concepts like how to photograph in sunlight or backlight and how to shoot with a reflector will enable beginners to confidently photograph in any location by using whatever lighting situation are you faced with.

After looking for good light, then finding a location in that light, the next step is to photograph your subjects. When approaching any couple, I tend to think of their bodies almost like two pieces of a puzzle fitting together and I like to use the way they typically interact as a great starting point for the session.

One trick to help with posing inspiration is to liken the couple to your own relationship and draw in from interactions with your own partner. To capture a couple’s natural, organic expressions, it’s important to find the right balance of giving your subjects room to breathe, while also having fun and engaging with them. All in all, when approaching couple photography, repetition, experience, and practice will be your best teacher.


About the author: Widely regarded as one of the top five wedding photographers in the world, Jerry Ghionis’ theatrical and iconic images have redefined modern wedding photography. In 2013, he was named as a United States Nikon Ambassador. And he was the first Australian named in the first-ever list of Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo magazine. Jerry was also named as the Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year by the AIPP. Jerry is also proud to have won the WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) Wedding Album of the Year for a record eight times among his long list of accolades and WPPI included Jerry in their Top Five Wedding Photographers in the World. In 2011, Jerry was also named by PDN magazine as one of the top photography workshop instructors in the world. To learn more from Jerry, visit his website here.

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Nikon Has Discontinued Several F-Mount Lenses: Report

It appears that Nikon is beginning to discontinue its F-mount lenses. Seven lenses are now appearing as “old product” on Nikon’s official website, which is a term used to describe products that have been officially discontinued. As originally reported by by Asobinet and noted by Nikon Rumors, Nikon has listed a total of seven F-mount […]

Nikon Has Discontinued Several F-Mount Lenses: Report

It appears that Nikon is beginning to discontinue its F-mount lenses. Seven lenses are now appearing as “old product” on Nikon’s official website, which is a term used to describe products that have been officially discontinued.

As originally reported by and noted , Nikon has listed a total of seven F-mount lenses as “old product,” six of which are new at the time of publication. Nikon Rumors reported that it had retired the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens on May 9.

The six additional F-mount lenses that now appear to be discontinued are the AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II, AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR, AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR, and AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED VR.

All seven lenses are listed as out of stock with major U.S.-distributors and given all of the above have the designation as “old product” on Nikon’s official website, it is unlikely that store shelves will see their stock replenished again.

Nikon did not immediately respond to the request for comment.

The discontinuation of these lenses follows a report from earlier this week that Nikon was phasing out its APS-C line of cameras. While at the time, only the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is officially noted as discontinued, reports that some of the cameras — such as the D500 — had been listed as out of stock for months led some to question the future of Nikon’s support for its DX-format DSLRs.

Over the past couple of months, Canon also has discontinued a host of lenses as part of a “series optimization.” At the time of publication, the company had ceased production on at least 22 EF lenses with more expected to come before the year’s end.

As both Canon and Nikon focus efforts on mirrorless cameras and lenses, ceasing production of older DSLR lenses is to be expected. Specifically in Nikon’s case, the company likely needs to put its entire effort behind producing Z7 II and Z6 II cameras, as it has had difficulty meeting the demand for the new devices.

Last December, Nikon announced that it would be shuttering its domestic Japanese camera production for good and moving it to Taiwan as part of a company-wide initiative to reduce operating costs by 59%.

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