Ty & Nicolette
I was so lucky to finally get to photograph this amazing couple. A while back I posted a model call on my photography page looking for a couple to photograph for my website. The response that I received was insane and unexpected. So many couples were commenting on the post with pictures of them and brief explanations why they felt they deserved a shoot. Being new to photography and running a business I viewed this as an opportunity. An opportunity to get my name out there, get some experience, and get some images for my portfolio. At that time I decided to turn the model call into more of a contest. I told the couples that the comment with the most likes would be the one to get the photoshoot. Now remember this was still a model call only I was leaving it up to the people commenting and liking to help me select my models.
I have been friends with Ty on Facebook for some time and throughout that time I had also added Nicolette. When I saw this couple comment on my post deep down I was rooting for them. They seem like beautiful people inside and out. Anyone that follows them on social media can see the passion and love between them. Ty has a rocker heartthrob look with his blonde curls and big smile and Nicolette has beautiful features from long brown hair and looks similar to Natalie Portman in my opinion, just beautiful. I love their style and everything in me wanted to photograph them.
Well they didn't win the contest and that was not really important so I went ahead and messaged them anyways. I told them I thought they were perfect and I would love to photograph them sometime. As time went on life catches up with us and things change and we never actually booked a shoot. My business took off and I was always busy but they were always in the back of my mind that it was going to happen.
Recently I decided I wanted to take on more intimate couples sessions. They are a challenge and maybe not for everyone but it's something I thought I wanted to try. As soon as the idea came into my mind that I wanted to do a really sexy shoot of course the first couple that came to mind was Ty & Nicolette. They were EXACTLY the right choice and of course you see why.
Nicolette has never been photographed professionally. Not even senior portraits. This girl was so cool and relaxed. She could stare right into the camera without seeming shy or unsure. She seriously blew me away. I hope to work with her again and maybe do a boudoir session.
Ty.. I had him bring his guitar because I had this really cool idea of getting him playing in this big abandoned building and making it look really cool and edgy. Of course I started the shoot off with a song request so I captured them together while he played a little John Mayer Your body is a wonderland. I knew things were about to get really hot when I was posing them together and he said "Is it ok if I take my shirt off" and I blurted out OF COURSE and from there it was like they were the only two in the room.
They were in their own little world. Needing very little direction. They just talked, laughed, played, and made out. I would give little directions like face each other, or face the window, turn around and get against the wall but other than that these moments you see are all them just being who they are. A couple in love.
Now You may be sitting here looking at these thinking I would love to do this but my partner and I don't look like them. You know what I have to say to that.. GOOD! You and your partner look like YOU! Every session should be about you and what you are comfortable doing. If you want to get really sexy on camera I can coach you thorugh it but don't stop yourself because you tell yourself I need to lose 20 pounds, or we are awkward on camera. Exist in photos now! When you are old you will be happy to have something like this to remember and you won't be worried about your 20 extra pounds or how nervous you were to get photos taken.
Maybe you are saying I don't think I would want images like this all over facebook and social media.. YOu know what I have to say to that.. Works for me!!! I love when couples want to keep things between them. I also love when couples want to share them with everyone. I have so many sessions that no one has ever seen and never will. You can keep this session special to you both. Get your images put in an album that you only look at together. You can keep this private.
Maybe lately you have been lacking that passion and spark.. You know what I have to say to that.. GET IT BACK. Wear something sexy, bring a bottle of wine, relax and just talk to each other while I give you little directions and we can see what kind of fire the session can ignite.
What I'm saying is instead of sitting around saying you wish you could do something like this.. maybe you should just DO IT!