The "secret ingredient" of getting perfect Love Story/Family Shoot pictures

For a long time I was thinking about writing an article about love story (can be used for family photography too) preparations/process/expectations.

It could be helpful for my clients or all those, who wonder what "special key" turns a regular shoot into something unique, touching, unrepeatable and "hollywood worth".

The more experience I'm getting, the more consistency I can see - that secret ingredient, every time, is SINCERITY of the couple/family: their ability to stay open-hearted, candid, truthful, loving and tender/sometimes funny and crazy with each other at the shoot. The less they care about the world around (even including me, unless I'm asking them to do something specific), the more epic shots I can capture.

The same thing I've mentioned when me and my husband were captured by few great photographers lately. The main thing that inspired them and what they were expecting from us as the models during the process was the SINCERITY. Our pure emotions, couple little habits, cute kisses (not only the lips, guys! if you're embarrassed to kiss your other half's lips in public, just remember, that there're hands, cheeks, foreheads, eyes, noses, necks, ears left :D ). Don't be shy to keep closer. You're holding your biggest treasure, aren't you? So what for is the distance? :) 

As for the families - don't try to keep your kids still. Don't try to strike the poses like our goal is to capture a single traditional "passport picture style" photo :). Just have fun! Laugh with your kids, jump with them, kiss and hug. Be honest, be real. Keep in mind, that the more active and emotional you will be, the more sweet and touching future memories you will get. 

I'd really appreciate if the Clients that are booking a love story/family shoot with me could realize that my part of the work is to capture and "frame" the atmosphere that THEY ARE CREATING. I don't seem to have problems with giving the posing directions for those who are expecting them, but I wish it would be optional. 

And sometimes... some inspired people are contacting me regarding the shoot, we're discussing the upcoming event to the details, they're sending me some visual examples of what does they prefer/expect/desire to get... and when we meet up... I see, that the couple isn't ready to show their love. And it is the most upsetting thing. As I understand that they've made some great preparations/expectations regarding the shoot. But the most important is the process. Those 60/90/120 minutes, when loving people should feel/act like the heroes of the coolest romantic movie. Just try to do that! Isn't it an amazing experience to get? If you'll be able to keep that vibe just for few minutes, I promise that you will get some unique photos filled with your Private Atmosphere of Love.

What I can say.... It's up to you, guys! I will do my best to make you feel comfortable, interested and open during the shoot. I will give you the directions, suggestions, advices and will share my point of view if needed. I'll ask you some questions and will be joking from time to time only to relax you and to create a friendly connection between us. But after all, this is YOUR SHOOT. this is YOUR SPECIAL TIME, your investment to the priceless story of your life and love...

So what do you think? Are you in?...

He + She. Il + Elle. Parisian + New Yorker.

Are you romantic? Do you believe in fairytales? 
Let me tell you a beautiful story about the couple, that I shooted last Friday.
Jennifer, born and raised on Upper East Side, called me and asked if we could organize a love-story photoshoot for her and her boyfriend from Paris. He will be visiting NYC for the first time. She was wondering if I could suggest any spot that would answer our needs. (in some way I felt that it won't be interesting for her to shoot in well-known native hood, that many other couples choose :). So I proposed my client to meet up around Brooklyn Bridge Park (Jennifer has never been to Brooklyn before, YEP!) and to get some photos in the romantic location with that extraordinary NYC's skyline. 
When I got to the Brooklyn Ice cream Factory, I got a text from Jennifer that "this Parisian dessert addict" Thibaut was just finishing his ice cream :). 
The guys showed up very beautiful and the first thing that I told them was - "Wow, you look like movie stars"! (To be honest, they really reminded me Robert Pattinson and Taylor Momsen :D)
And then they told me their movie-like story...
Jennifer met Thibaut in Paris, where she came for study. They fell in love and have been together already for 4 months. And since they started, they're spending every weekend together in a different country/city. Firstly, it was Europe - France, Norway, Spain, and now Thibaut came to NYC.
I got so inspired by their sincerity and tenderness, their style and emotions, that I enjoyed every minute of our shoot and was aware to capture every special moment of their love expression. 

I'm really thankful to God for the clients, that make me feel interacted into their most precious moments, that open their lives and personalities to me. You're my biggest passion for work!