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Portrait photography can cover a range of types and styles, from traditional “head and shoulders” shots to lifestyle and surroundings, candid and street, glamour, boudoir, maternity shoots and more. Moreover. Check out the eye-catching portraits and photos that stopped us this week, highlighted here for how photographers have incorporated leading lines (or, as in the last example, their complete absence) into their couples portraits.
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Uruguayan photographer Rodrigo Borthagaray was shooting a beach house wedding when he came across this scene.
It almost sounds like a staged performance, but in fact the saxophone serenade was a natural moment between the bride and groom and their three children. “I just saw it and located myself in what I thought was the best spot,” says Borthagaray, using the vertical guidelines to draw attention and interest to an already dynamic field of view. “Like many of my photos, I just have to see the situation and set myself up in the best place so as not to disturb and find the best angle of view.”
Carlos Lance, based in Cordoba, Spain, ventured into a postmodern apartment complex in Manzanera, Calpe, known as La Muralla Roja for a pre-wedding portrait session. “The property was recognized as the most photographed private property on Instagram,” notes Lance, “which caused problems for neighbors, to the point of banning photo shoots at the property.”
But not before Lance was able to take a few shots, using the seemingly endless opportunities of the headlines to strategically place his couple around the compound.
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“Getting through it with the couple without them noticing was the hardest part,” he admits. “The particular architecture of the building screamed collage everywhere, so we had a little fun with the couple trying to emulate Where is Waldo?”
Jacob Gordon, based in Western Australia’s Perth Territory, ventured into the area for a mid-summer couple’s portrait shoot. It was quite hot (around 100°F) so they decided to take a short break to cool off in the shade under a bridge. Gordon looked up and noticed how bright and vibrant the blue sky was, and noting the graphic angles around him, he decided not to stop shooting and instead used them as guidelines.
“There are several triangles you can see in the frame,” notes Gordon, “including a triangle between the couple. Triangles in an image always help create a sense of harmony and balance. , I was able to underexpose the image and give the sky a deep blue color while silhouetting the couple. It took several frames and a few minor edits to create enough separation between the couple so that their profiles were definable.
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Flora Gibson, who lives in Big Sur, Calif., had the opportunity to photograph a couple who had married 10 years ago but whose wedding was without a photographer. They had to move, Gibson says, so they decided to commemorate their time in their favorite part of Big Sur with better-than-ever wedding portraits.
“I shoot at this place every week, and in all honesty, I have a hard time making art and seeing the place with creative eyes every time,” Gibson admits. “That was the last image I took of their adventure portraits.”
The last photo is usually Gibson’s favorite, she says. “As their session was ending, I asked them to walk ahead and pointed to the cliff where we were coming from. I asked them to go up there and huddle on the edge. Once they were there and took the photo I thought I wanted, I waved, gave a thumbs-up, and shouted, “PERFECT, YOU’RE DONE!” Then I continued to shoot.
Kim Assheuer of Kim Wilfriedsson, a photo company based in Münster, Germany, encountered a conundrum while photographing a couple’s wedding portraits in December: it had been raining all morning and the rain flooded the place that she had chosen for the portraits.
“I spotted this tall, unimpressive hedge on the side of the road and immediately loved the structure,” she says. “I took the photo from the knees up to naturally hide the overgrown part of the hedge and spread the width on top. I draped the veil and just told them to come closer, cuddle up and enjoy that intimate moment before their wedding – and before I crawled under the veil with them to play my role as a professional third wheel.She chose to retouch the photo in black and white to simplify the composition and eliminate any distractions.
Dive into our Photo of the Day archive for even more captivating and eye-catching portraits and creative images.