It's that time of the year again where love is in the air, and the smell of roses and chocolate fill the rooms. This Valentine's Day while you're showing love and affection it's a great time to explore the possibilities of capturing the wonderful moments spent together. Weather it's out in a restaurant, a walk in the park, or if you're that lucky girl who has that charmer of a guy, who offers the whole shebang, you're going to want to remember those enchanting memories.
We all have a phone with a camera on it, and most of us have a point and shoot camera. As Chase Jarvis says, The best camera is the one that's with you. It's always a little difficult to take a picture of yourself and your friend while you're holding the camera. This method usually takes 3 tries and sometimes more when one, or the other is not satisfied with the facial expression. One is probably also embarrassed to ask a stranger to take their picture. It's always weird standing in front of an unknown person, and hiring a professional photographer is not an option.
Favorably I hope to help you capture those moments for free, because everybody likes free pictures.
First off you want to make sure you're dressed for the occasion. Young couples like to dress alike. Weather it be the same color shirts, same design or, same colored shoes. If you're the collage student you're leaning more towards the classy mature look, but you want to show your swag. As for the older couples, you may just want to look nice and impress only that special one.
Secondly is where you want to take your pictures. Location. Location. Location. Location isn't always the case for businesses. In pictures you want to make sure your background is gorgeous. In San Antonio, Tx it's been raining, so the choice of being inside, or outside is a factor. On the other had. Everything is now green. Winter flowers are still in bloom. Spring flowers are confused about what season it is and have begun to sprout. Also, make sure lighting is on your side. Shooting into direct sunlight will cause you to look as a silhouette. Unless that's what you're looking for. Try not to take a picture looking directly into the sun. That always make us squint, and depending on where the sun is, it will cause harsh shadows under the eyes. The best position is when the sun is behind our shoulder, to our side, or my favorite, shoot in the shade. If you're shooting at night make sure you're in a well lighted area. You would be surprised how awesome parking lot shots turn out. Just make sure the cars behind you are at a distant, and there are no light posts extruding out of your head.
And of course, thirdly. Who takes the picture? This is the difficult part. If you've mastered the art of taking pictures of yourself and someone else while keeping both in the frame, my hat's off to you. But if you haven't I suggest using a tripod. If you don't have one, or don't want to buy on you can always prop your camera on something. Most cameras have a self-timer setting. All you have to do is set up your camera, make sure everything that you want in the frame is in the frame and nothing you don't want in the frame isn't in the frame. Set the timer, run to your partner and smile pretty.