The Classic Couple Photo
There's nothing wrong with wanting to get a classic photo of you and your honey that you can show off to your friends, family and coworkers. You can also employ the stand-close-to-each-other-and-hold-the-camera-out-as-far-as-you-can technique for a casual feel. As adorable as it may be, it will only capture you from the neck up. For a more formal approach, especially for Valentine's Day, use a friend or passer-by to snap the shot for you. If you're alone, set up a spot where you can set the timer on your camera to take the photo for you.
Before asking someone to take the picture, stake out your picturesque background. It can be any beach, tree, fountain or other appropriate scene, but it's best to try to get a shot with no one else in the background. When it's picture time, stand close together and turn slightly in towards one another. Relax to avoid looking stiff in the photo, and have your photographer take a few pictures to make sure you get a good one.
Classic Mistake: Don't take your picture in an outdoor scene at night using a flash. Honestly, this never looks good because the background is blacked out and flat while you are lit up like a Christmas tree. Go for a more subtle approach by getting your outdoor shots taken before dark.
Clever Tip: Silhouette photos are beautiful, romantic and easy to pull off. At dusk, stand facing the remaining light of the day and either have someone stand behind you or put the camera on its timer. Make sure the flash is off before snapping the picture. To learn more, check out How to Photograph Silhouettes: Seven Key Tips and Tricks.