DIY At-Home Couple’s Portraits by Oregon Elopement Photographer Black Salt Photography

"DIY At-Home Couple's Portraits" by Oregon Elopement Photographer Black Salt Photography

Taking your own at-home couple's portraits can be a bit tricky.

You have to figure out the lighting, where do to put your camera, whether you should have a timer - there are all sorts of little questions that pop up. Don't worry! Your own at-home photo session doesn't have to be stressful. You can get insta-worthy portraits in a flash. I'm sorry, the pun was too easy, I had to!

I recommend finding a good light source to begin with.

This can be natural lighting like a window, or outside, or it can be artificial lighting you've purchased. Typically, the best natural lighting in your average house is in the morning. Maybe it's an attribute of the hour, but I feel like the lighting is always calmer in the morning.

I do not own any extra light sources, so we used our window in the bedroom. I'm a big fan of using what you have on hand! I took these photos in the middle of the afternoon so the light was high overhead. Do as I say, not as I do - I hate getting up in the morning!

Next, you'll want to decide on your theme or mood.

If you're not quite sure what you want, browse my Pinterest for great ideas! Try to keep an open mind and don't pick anything too complicated. The goal of this session is to have fun, not stress yourself out!

I always want my photos to feel a bit dark & weird, so we hung up a sheer curtain I've had for years. I think I got it at a garage sale in high school? Ages ago!

We duct-taped the curtain up over the edge of the window frame. Keep in mind that if you do this, you don't want to tape the fabric tightly. Try to leave some room and ruffle it up a bit to instantly give your photos some dimension. A good rule of thumb is to let the fabric sag about an inch or so between pinning!

After we got tired of shooting by the window, we threw a blanket on the ground and did a few shots snuggling. I will admit, this was a bit more difficult because it is very hard to get the correct angle this way. But give it a try, you may surprise yourself!

Get wiggy with it!

Test out a few angles and apertures to see what you like best for your session. We started out straight on but quickly went to a slight left angle. The angle helped add depth to the photos!

Depending on the type of camera you have, you may have to use a timer or a remote. My Canon allows me to connect to my smartphone for easy remote shooting, which makes at-home portraits like these a total breeze. If you use a timer, you'll want to have a clear idea of the poses you want to do before pressing start. Try to see if you can set a timer for rapid shooting! This will help you get more photos with less back and forth. Remember to keep moving while the shutter is clicking!

Try these tips and let me know how it goes! An at-home photo session is a great way to spend an afternoon together and update your socials. If your boo isn't down, tell them to think of it as an extended snuggle session.

See some of my favorite in-home portrait sessions:

-Moody Milk Bath Maternity

-Sexy & Sultry Couple's Session

-Fun & Quirky Couple's Session

Black Salt Photography is an elopement photographer and intimate wedding photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Photographing in the surrounding PNW areas and traveling often for destination love stories. Specializing in intimate candids and editorial portraits to craft a one-of-a-kind wedding day for every couple. Her moody photography style plays with natural light and shadow, laced with raw emotional moments, to create an authentic narrative experience. She photographs you as you so you'll love your photos authentically.

"Destiny definitely stood out amongst other photographers because we absolutely loved how involved she was from the very beginning. She really wants to get to know you- which makes for really intimate photos! She asks tons of questions, which is awesome because you feel like you know her before even meeting her! And once you finally do, she is so so sweet!!! Destiny is so great at communicating and being really involved in every detail! She captured every emotion and detail perfectly, whenever I look at our wedding pictures, it brings back every feeling on our special day. TEARS!"

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-say goodbye to stiff, formal posing

-embrace the intimacy of your wedding day

-enjoy an adventure together

-have a meaningful ceremony

-remove all the extra stress

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