I have a confession: I love a good romance, and I always have. But it took a while before I realized that St. Valentine himself couldn’t have come up with a better pair than romance and photography. Two years after leaving my career as a photojournalist, I found myself shooting my first wedding—and I was hooked.
There’s something amazing about a photograph of a couple. Done right, a stranger will look at the image and think, Man, these two have found true love. Corny? Maybe, but that’s what I aim to do in all my engagement and wedding sessions, to go beyond the basic newspaper announcement pose and capture that spark. I just completed my second year of shooting weddings, and while that in no way makes me an expert, I’ve found a few methods for going beyond the basic poses and capturing that spark. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are six ways any photographer can step up their couples photography.