Why the five love languages? One of the keys to successfully capturing a deep connection between a couple is to make their love come alive as if no one was in the room. That requires tapping into the intimacy of their souls and feelings for one another. While people might be shy at first, I have found that if I give them prompts to help them embrace their love language, something magical happens. A groove opens and the essence of them as a couple shines through, ready for the lens to memorialize it.
The concept of love languages was developed by Gary Chapman in his book The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, which explores five different ways of expressing and receiving love.
If the couple you are photographing is still exploring what their love language is, here’s a free quiz they can take to discover what it is! It’s always helpful to better understand how to connect with each other.
Keep in mind that couples give and receive love in different ways. As the interpreter of their actions, you should be fluid and listen to what they say, observe what they do, and respond to their vibrations.
Below are some different prompts you can use to direct a couple and help them tap into their love languages. Remember to pay attention to the energy in the room, and feel free to mix and match as you get going!
Focus: Think of prompts that encourage an exchange of words.
“Write a letter to each other to read during the session.”
“Share with your partner your favorite memory of them.”
“Tell your partner how proud you are of them.”
“Whisper to your partner what you love most about them. It can be something that will make them blush, or the weirdest thing you love about them.”
Focus: Here, it’s all about slowing down the time and being present. Make your clients feel connected in the room and in the romantic moment they’re sharing together.
“Get close and cozy, close your eyes, breathe together, slow and deep, until you synchronize your breaths.”
“Tell your partner how much you love them by just using your eyes.”
“Mimic each other’s expressions and try not to laugh.”
“Take turns dancing for one another, and try to impress your partner with your moves. Then, dance together like no one is watching.”
Focus: Think of prompts that are about helping each other with small acts and gestures.
“Pretend that your partner is cold and keep them warm.”
“Carry your partner to help them get to the next destination. Use any method you like—potato sack, piggy back ride, or like a princess—your pick!”
“Surrender to a physical fall and trust your partner to catch you.”
“Imagine you’re walking on a tightrope and your partner is helping you keep your balance.”
Focus: Think of prompts that have an element of surprise, or gift-giving.
“Plan to surprise each other at the shoot with a thoughtful gift.”
“Imagine you’re stuck in this place forever, and go on a mission to find something thoughtful around you to give to your partner.”
“Tell your partner what is your favorite gift that you’ve received from them.”
“Pretend you’re in a photo booth. Get your faces close side by side, and make a series of silly expressions without seeing what your partner is doing. A fun little surprise in your gallery!”
Focus: Prompts and action items that encourage physical interaction.
“Close your eyes and imagine you’re meeting your partner for the first time. By just using your hands, touch and caress them to learn what they are like.”
“Stand a few feet away, walk toward each other, and go for a dramatic Hollywood kiss (and maybe a dip!)”
“Kiss each other as fast as possible in as many places as possible.”
“Embrace your partner as if it’s the last time you’ll ever see them.”
These are just a few ideas and starting points on how to incorporate the five love languages in couple photoshoots. As with any language and strategy, use what works for your remember to make it your own!
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