Ever wished you could freeze those magical moments of love and keep them in a frame forever? It’s time to book a couple’s session! Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, engagement, or simply your love, capturing your story in photos can create lasting memories. Carly and Nick have been dating for a while and wanted some fun, flirty, and professional (aka non-selfie) photos together. We decided a romantic mini-session around their neighborhood would be perfect!
But forget about the traditional posed photoshoots! You need photos that authentically represent your relationship and chemistry together. If you aren’t sure what to do or where to go for your couples shoot, I’ve got five unique couple photo session ideas to help us capture the heart of your relationship.
First up, we have the adventurous souls. If you love exploring the great outdoors, why not plan an adventurous couple’s session on the hiking trails along Pittsburgh’s rivers? We could check out Three Rivers Heritage Trail, the Green Tree Nature Center, or Riverview Park. Just out of the city, Ohiopyle State Park and Cucumber Falls offer some surreal backdrops you’d never suspect so close to the city. (Check out Emily and Tyler’s Ohiopyle session for inspiration.) If you prefer a more sophisticated style, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is immaculately manicured, showcasing seasonal blooms and a 14-room glasshouse. I photograph here often, and it never disappoints!
A library or bookstore photo session will be a perfect match for those who love to read or like the idea of an alternative lifestyle session. Get cozy, grab your favorite novels, and let the stories unfold as I capture those intimate moments. Plus, many bookstores have a café, stairs, or sitting nooks to use as props and backdrops.
If you’re all about artistic expression, a themed photo session might be just right. Dress up as characters from your favorite movie or era and create a timeless masterpiece together. Or, we could head to the arts district and utilize murals, architecture, art installations, and museums. I have yet to see this, but I think doing a romantic guitar strumming and picnic couple’s session would be so much fun! Another cute idea is to bring out the paints and canvases and let loose a bit—there are so many fun and flirty ways to take that! Let me know what your creative heart desires.
Score major points by organizing a sport-themed photo session. Show off your teamwork with a couple’s activity and capture the dynamic energy between you. Some couple photo session ideas include sports stadiums and fields, basketball or tennis courts (bring your gear!), or even an arcade. I recently did a couple’s session at Coop De Ville, which was super cute!
Lastly, for the foodie couple, a cooking or food-tasting session might be a fun option. Culinary experiences typically photograph beautifully and add some intrigue to your photos. Food carts, markets, and at-home dishes are great options, too!
Let your love shine through each frame when you find the right experience for your personalized couple’s photo session. And remember, you don’t need a special occasion to book a photo shoot. A laid-back mini-session is a fantastic way to add updated photos to your walls and albums. Every couple deserves to document the chapters of their story together. I’m so glad I had the honor of photographing Carly and Nick’s mini-session, and I would be delighted to help you create lasting memories, too! Need more couple photo session ideas? I’m here to help!