Couples Photography Tips & Ideas

Couple Pictures and Poses

It’s been another year and it’s almost time for family pictures again!  Last fall we aired our popular Family Picture Tips & Ideas and as a result, gave you TONS of ideas and inspiration.  So we decided that in addition to family photos, it was time to focus on couples photography! Be prepared for your cute couple pictures, not only with adorable outfits, but also with our fave poses and tips.

While we LOVE family pictures, we believe in the importance of cute couple pics too.  There’s just something magical about the way a picture can capture and preserve our memories and feelings.  Just think about the way you feel when you look back at your engagement and wedding photos.  Isn’t it wonderful how all of those feelings of love come flooding back?

But after the kiddos come along, we usually start taking tons of pictures of them and forget to take pictures of us – the reason behind it all.  Of course, we want to capture these moments with our children before they are grown and gone.  But it’s important to remember to capture our own moments along the way too. For that reason we felt it was important to gather some inspiration for your next couples photography session!

Couple Pictures Tips and Ideas

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Yep!  You asked for more cute couples pics and after that, we had to deliver – just for you.  {We LOVE our readers!}

If you and your sweetie don’t have children yet, this post is perfect for you!  And at the same time if you do have children, this post is perfect for you, too! Get those couple pictures coming!

Either way, during this year’s family pictures, make sure you have your photographer snap some pics of just the two of you.  Or better yet, make it a tradition to have an annual anniversary photo shoot. (And to our soon-to-be-married readers, in addition to being great tips for the future, they  will also help you plan the perfect engagement shoot!)

Regardless of the stage of life you and your sweetheart are in, make sure you’re capturing these memories! And today we’re going to make it easy for you to do. Because we’ve gathered so much couples photography inspiration it is organized so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

So sit back, relax, and start scrolling for some serious couples photography inspiration!

 Romantic Ideas for Cute Couple Poses

We want you to enjoy your photo shoot, so we’ve taken the hard part “figuring out how to pose for pictures” out of the equation. With specific poses from beautiful inspiration your couple pictures poses are going to go perfectly, not to mention they will be FUN. Sometimes it can be hard to feel “romantic” in public, especially with a camera pointed at your face! But encourage yourself and your spouse to really get into it. Enjoy the fun of acting like you’re newly engaged and can’t keep those hands to yourself, and pretty soon it won’t be an act! 😉  Get inspired with all these cute couple poses ideas and have fun snapping pics with your spouse!

Pose Ideas for Cute Couple Pictures

While your photographer is sure to have suggestions and guidance on posing, specifically knowing a couple of pose ideas beforehand that you absolutely LOVE can really help you get just the picture you’re looking for.  Generally any pose where you feel comfortable is going to be the best. And if you aren’t comfortable doing something remember you have 2 options: First – to try something new and second – just tell your photographer how you feel. Here are some of our favorite romantic posing ideas that are sure to create a cute couple pic.

Couple Poses

A relaxed hug is a perfectly cute couple pic pose as it shows your connection and chemistry, but without any actual PDA if that’s not your thing.While getting close – try to ignore the camera, but not your photographer’s tips.

1. Arm Around Her Neck – Sources: {A} Matt Clayton Photography {B} Kristen Booth {C} Chard Photographer

2. Hand on Cheek – Sources: {A} Rebecca Ames Photography {B} Chard Photographer {C} Stock Photo

3. Hand on Chest Couple Pictures Poses –  Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Hoffland Studios

Pose Ideas for Couples Pictures

This is a classic loving couples pose. Not only do you get to relax into the one you love, but you get to get close! We love these cute staging ideas for couple photos.

4. Hand on Back of Head –  Sources: {A} Kylee Ann Photography {B} Kate Benson Photography

5. Head on Shoulder – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Stock Photo {C} Kristen Booth

6. Arms From Behind –  Sources: {A} Kylee Ann Photography {B} Chard Photographer {C} EK Studios Photo & Video

Pose Ideas for Couple Pictures

These poses are all about the arms. Since you love each other, get cuddled up in your favorite place to be for this set of cute couple pictures, and get excited to see the magic.

7. Arms Around Waist – Sources: {A}EK Studios Photo & Video {B} Chard Photographer

8. Wrapped in His Arms – Sources: {A} Kylee Ann Photography {B} Kylee Ann Photography {C} Kate Benson Photography

9. Arm in Arm Couple Poses – Sources: {A} Alicia Q. Photography {B} Mikki Platt Photography {C} Krystal & Co. Photography 

Cute Couple Poses

Focus on the eyes of a specific person in the shot with these cute inspiration pictures of couples. Not only does it put the emphasis on a specific member of your marriage, but it also adds interest to the shot.

10. Only Girl Looks – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Anna Lee Media {C} Alicia Q. Photography

11. Only Guy Looks – Sources: {A} Matt Clayton Photography {B} Aria Photography {C}

12. Looking Back – Sources: {A} Casey McFarland Photography {B} Jessica Janae Photography {C} Chard Photographer

Couple Poses and Ideas

While these kissing pictures may not be first on your list of couple pictures poses, they better be on the list somewhere!  After all, it is one of your favorite hobbies, right? But you better make sure you have smudge-proof lipstick on before you pucker up!

13. Right Before Kiss – Sources: {A} Walter Wilson Studios {B} Matt Clayton Photography  {C} Simplicity Photography

14. Kissing Couple Poses – Sources: {A} Taylor Lord Creative {B} EK Studios Photo & Video {C} Chard Photographer

15. Hide the Kiss – Sources: {A} Jen and Shane {B} Aria Photography

Pose Ideas for Couples Pictures

Keep the kissing momentum going with more kissing! These sweet kisses show just how caring and loving your relationship is in addition to being fun to do! 😉 Those things are sure to make these cute couple poses that you will love.

16. Cheek Kiss – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Mikki Platt Photography {C} Kylee Ann Photography

17. Forehead Kiss – Sources: {A} Jessica Janae Photography {B} Chard Photographer {C} Chard Photographer

18. Top of Head Kiss – Sources: {A} Casey McFarland Photography  {B} Kylee Ann Photography {C} Chard Photographer

Darling Couples Poses

Cute couple pictures include chemistry! Keeping your faces close during your photo shoot will be sure to keep that love bubbling up so the camera can catch it. In reality that is why you are having your special couples pics taken – not only for fun, but to record your love.

19. Nose Kiss – Sources: {A} Taylor Lord Creative {B} Taylor Lord Creative

20. Nose to Nose Couple Pictures Poses – Sources: {A} Hoffland Studios {B} A Frame Forward Photography {C} EK Studios Photo & Video

21. Cheek to Cheek – Sources: {A} Kate Benson Photography {B} Kylee Ann Photography {C} Mikki Platt Photography

Creative Couple Poses

Have fun with these romantic or silly cute couple picture poses. Without a doubt, just pretending the camera isn’t there and having fun will put you more at ease in addition to getting some of the best shots.

22. Forehead to Forehead – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Heidi Ryder Photography {C} Chard Photographer

23. Back to Back – Sources: {A} Natalie Norton {B} Chard Photographer {C} Anna Lee Media

24. Hugging Couple Poses – Sources: {A} Jessica’s Photography  {B} Heidi Ryder Photography {C} Kylee Ann Photography

Pose Ideas for Couples

Hold those hands and get cuddling! Why not show off the ring that sealed the deal? You don’t have to save that sweet bling just for engagement shoots! Both the focus and the connection showed will provide great photos.

25. Holding Hands – Sources: {A} Amy Gray Photography {B} Chard Photographer

26. Showing Off the Ring – Sources: {A} Amy Gray Photography {B} Amy Gray Photography {C} Melissa Jill

27. Sitting On Lap – Sources: {A} Jen and Shane {B} Melissa Jill

Unique Pose Ideas for Couples

Take it down! Plan to rest in your sweetie’s lap, or take a gaze at the sky, or even just relax on your bellies! For one thing, it will give you a break if your shoot goes long, but it also provides some sweet shots.

28. Lying in Lap – Sources: {A} Glass Jar Photography {B} Elle Bowes {C} Taylor Lord Creative

29. Lying on Backs – Sources: {A} Bobbi Photo {B} Chard Photographer {C} Simplicity Photography

30. Lying on Stomachs – Sources: {A} Anna Lee Media {B} Stock Photo {C} Anna Lee Media

Simple Pose Ideas for Couples

We love the idea of getting close and sharing secrets during a photo shoot. Image what a cute couple picture you’d get if you whispered something saucy to your spouse! Surprise them.

31. Cross Legged – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Kristen Booth {C} Esther Louise

32. Leaning In – Sources: {A} Glass Jar Photography {B} Corinna Hoffman {C} Aqua Photo

33. Walking Couple Poses – Sources: {A} Josh Elliott Studios {B} Chard Photographer

Fun Pose Ideas for Couples

These three poses are basically the covers of romantic movies – make your own movie cover with this inspiration. In addition to being adorable, it’s also bound to be fun!

34. Lift – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Aqua Photo

35. Dancing Couple Poses – Sources: {A} Matt Clayton Photography {B} Heidi Ryder Photography {C} Kate Benson Photography

36. Dip – Sources: {A} Walter Wilson Studios {B} Caitlin Boswell {C} Alicia Q. Photography

Couple Poses

The most important part of any photoshoot, but especially a couples shoot, is to have fun! Really take this time to let your personality and quirks shine. You want your home to reflect who you really are, not some stiff version of you.

37. Being Silly – Sources: {A} Mikki Platt Photography {B} Natalie Norton

38. Piggy-Back Ride – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Josh Elliott Studios {C} Chard Photographer

39. Laughing Couple Poses – Sources: {A} EK Studios Photo & Video {B} Walter Wilson Studios {C} Josh Elliott Studios

Sweet Couple Poses

These original ideas are sure to provide you with cute couple pictures you are happy with. How great would it be to have a really exciting secret to share? Or to grab clothes and whisper what you love most about your spouse… in bed! I can promise it won’t be a photoshoot to be forgotten in addition to bringing some laughs.

40. Whispering a Secret – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Heidi Ryder Photography {C} Walter Wilson Studios

41.  Grab His Clothes – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Anna Perevertaylo

42. Tippy Toes Couple Poses – Sources: {A} Matt Clayton Photography  {B} Casey McFarland Photography  {C} Chard Photographer

Unique Couple Poses

Play with nature and scope with these cute couple picture ideas. Consider what you really want from your photoshoot. If you want a reflective picture – choose a locale with some water. Or if you want a silhouette photo you need to choose the right time of day – make sure to mention this to your photographer! Your #photogoals are totally possible, but they need to be communicated to the photographer in addition to your spouse!

43. Reflection – Sources: {A} Stock Photo {B} Anna Lee Media {C} Corinna Hoffman

44. Silhouette – Sources: {A} Walter Wilson Studios {B} Amy Gray Photography  {C} Chard Photographer

45. Zoomed In – Sources: {A} Taylor Lord Creative {B} Chard Photographer

Creative Couple Poses

Show how you both support and guide each other through life with these couples poses. I love the idea of support and freedom that can be found in each, specifically those with the arm around the waist.

46. Leading the Way – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Heidi Ryder Photography {C} Anna Lee Media

47. Only One in Focus – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Chard Photographer

48. Walking Away – Sources: {A} Melissa Jill {B} Kate Benson Photography {C} Hoffland Studios

Gorgeous Pose Ideas for Couples

If you or your spouse doesn’t enjoy looking directly at a camera and smiling, then these couples poses could help. Just look at each other, after all, that’s a sight you don’t get tired of.

49. Foot Pop – Sources: {A} Aqua Photo {B} Krystal & Co. Photography

50. Side by Side – Sources: {A} Elle Bowes {B} Aqua Photo {C} Elle Bowes

51. Staring Contest – Sources: {A} Casey McFarland Photography {B} Heidi Ryder Photography {C} Andria Lindquist

Couple Poses

Throw yourself into the arms of your love for these poses, but make sure they know it is coming! Trust falls aren’t the best to start practicing on photo day.

52. Arm Across Shoulders – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Chard Photographer {C} Chard Photographer

53. Arms Around Neck – Sources: {A} EK Studios Photo & Video{B} Chard Photographer

54. Swept Off Feet – Sources: {A} EK Studios Photo & Video {B} Aqua Photo {C} EK Studios Photo & Video

Locations for Cute Couples Pictures

In the real estate business you often hear: location, location, location. To clarify, location is everything! The same thinking applies to cute couple pics. Most importantly, think about what kind of location really represents you as a couple when you’re trying to decide where to take pictures. Keep scrolling for more couples photography inspiration.

Cute Couples Photography Locations

You’ll want these couple pictures to match your personality and reflect this time in your lives.  Choosing a great location is the perfect way to do that!  For example, consider where you spend a lot of time and which places hold special significance to your relationship.  If you love baking together, why not set up the shoot in your kitchen?  If  you met at the grocery store, why not take your couple pictures there?  And if you love playing a sport together, why not make a whole themed photo shoot out of it?  Who says you have to be traditional?  Get creative and personal and make these pictures your own. However, make sure you know about your photographer’s travel agreement.

Couple Pictures Locations

Summertime photos at an amusement park or beach are the epitome of cute! And a city never disappoints when it comes to fun backgrounds, not to mention the charm of a simply country scene. Find somewhere that meets your expectations and be aware of costs or private property. For example, you wouldn’t want to hop into any old pasture or assume the fair was free – come prepared!

55. Amusement Park {or Fair} – Sources: {A} Stock Photo {B} Walter Wilson Studios

56. Beach – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Walter Wilson Studios

57. City – Sources: {A} Walter Wilson Studios {B} Kylee Ann Photography

58. Country – Sources: {A}Matt Clayton Photography {B} Anna Perevertaylo

Couples Pictures Ideas

Get out in nature with some beautiful scenery. The mountains, trees, lakes, and flowers are calling you! Go stage your cute couple pics and never regret it, but make sure to dress accordingly or have a change of outfits if needed.

59. Mountain – Sources: {A} Josh Elliott Studios {B} Walter Wilson Studios

60. Forest – Sources: {A} Casey McFarland Photography {B} Casey McFarland Photography

61. Wildflower Field – Sources: {A} Lyndsey Kaye {B} Heidi Ryder Photography

62. Lake – Sources: {A} EK Studios Photo & Video {B} Aria Photography

Couples Pictures Locations

A lot of these locations provide different options within the same general area. This is a great quality to look for when you are out location shopping. For example, you might find a beautiful meadow, that is also near a pretty stream, and don’t forget to ask around.

63. Barn – Sources: {A} Krystal & Co. Photography {B} EK Studios Photo & Video

64. Desert – Sources: {A} Melissa Jill {B} Chard Photographer

65. Train Tracks – Sources: {A} Josh Elliott Studios {B} Aria Photography

66. Grassy Knoll – Sources: {A} Aria Photography {B} Walter Wilson Studios

Couples Photography Locations

Cute couple pictures are a sure bet if you take them somewhere meaningful to you. Choose your fave place together, or a representation or idea of something you love, for instance camping.

67. Boat – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Natalie Franke

68. Around Town – Sources: {A} Mikki Platt Photography {B} Mikki Platt Photography {C} Kate Benson Photography

69. Harbor – Sources: {A} Kristen Booth  {B} Natalie Franke

70. Fireside – Sources: {A} Alixann Loosle Photography {B} Aria Photography

Couples Pictures Locations

Wouldn’t it be fun to do a little photoshoot at the place where you met! Take that special moment and revisit it. And we couldn’t ignore how heartwarming patriotic pictures are.

71. Laundromat – Sources: {A} Kate Elizabeth Photography  {B} Kate Elizabeth Photography

72. Military Base – Sources: {A} Elle Bowes {B} Mikki Platt Photography

73. Sports Field or Court – Sources: {A} Glass Jar Photography {B} Matt Clayton Photography

74. Cafe – Sources: {A} Anna Lee Media {B} Rebecca Ames Photography

Photography Ideas for Couples

Bring the photographer into your own home with some of these suggestions. We love the idea of some cute couple pics in the place where you are both the most comfortable – your home sweet home. As a result of being somewhere safe, your photos will be more relaxed and true to your lifestyle.

75. Park – Sources: {A} Casey McFarland Photography {B} EK Studios Photo & Video

76. Kitchen – Sources: {A} Melissa Jill {B} Melissa Jill

77. Comfy Chair at Home – Sources: {A} Jean Smith Photography {B} Heidi Ryder Photography

78. In Bed – Sources: {A} Andria Lindquist {B} Rebecca Ames Photography

Photoshoot Prop Ideas

The difference between a good picture and a great picture is in the details.  So don’t forget to add in some fun props for that little something extra during your couple photo shoot.   The best props are typically the ones that help you interact together or that have special meaning to your relationship.  Choose props that really personalize the picture.  So if you enjoy biking together, bring along your bikes!  Or how about a picnic lunch to enjoy together while your photographer captures the connection that is uniquely your own.  (Oh, and if you’re planning an anniversary photo shoot- try incorporating a favorite wedding photograph or the number of years you’ve been married!  Wouldn’t that be a fun tradition to start?) A cute couple together with a great prop = couple picture perfection.

Fun Prop Ideas for Cute Couple Pictures

Couples photography with props really makes taking pictures fun! These playful ideas and props will help you make memories and remember the fun in your marriage. Everyone loves cute couple pictures with a story behind them!

Fun Props for Couples Photography

Sometimes your prop will be season based, for instance snow or a bike. But many props can be found and used indoors. For your list of couple picture ideas, how adorable are  library pictures?! And if you need balloons, we love these options for oversized balloons and these beautiful gold confetti ones.

79. Snow – Sources: {A} Casey McFarland Photography {B} Aria Photography

80. Bikes – Sources: {A} Drew B Photography {B} Aria Photography

81. Balloons – Sources: {A} Anna Perevertaylo {B} Mikki Platt Photography

82. Books – Sources: {A} Casey McFarland Photography {B} Casey McFarland Photography

Fun Props for Couples Pictures

Bubble machines (or bubble guns) are super cute props to include. We love a hammock at all times – not just for cute couple pictures. And you can never go wrong bringing flowers to a photo shoot. We know it can be stressful to get there – how sweet to have a beautiful bouquet ready!

83. Bubbles OR Bubble Gum – Sources: {A} Walter Wilson Studios {B} Aria Photography

84. Hammock – Sources: {A} Joyeuse Photography {B} Alixann Loosle Photography

85. Flowers – Sources: {A} Aria Photography {B} Hoffland Studios

86. Sharing Straws – Sources: {A} Aria Photography

Fun Props for Couple Pictures

Use props to showcase your special talents or hobbies that you have together. Do you restore or race cars? Center your shoot around that! Have a farm? Use that fence you fixed last year. But most importantly, utilize what represents you.

87. Canoe – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Aria Photography

88. Car or Truck – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Anna Perevertaylo

89. Swing – Sources: {A} Drew B Photography {B} Hoffland Studios

90. Fence – Sources: {A} Casey McFarland Photography {B} Aria Photography

Couple Pictures Props

Set your scene outside and create a magical, romantic hideaway. Keep your kisses private with your prop, or represent your family with oversized letters.

91. Picnic – Sources: {A} Rebecca Ames Photography {B} Chard Photographer

92. Kite  –  Sources: {A} JoPhoto {B} JoPhoto

93. Umbrella – Sources: {A} Jean Smith Photography {B} Aria Photography

94. Letters – Sources: {A} Anna Lee Media {B} Anna Lee Media

Couples Photography Props

Lighting is really important for a beautiful photo shoot, so check with your photographer to see what time they recommend in addition to what types of props would work best for that time of day and any couple picture ideas they may have.

95. Lights – Sources: {A} Andria Lindquist {B} Kylee Ann Photography

96. Blanket – Sources: {A} Chard Photographer {B} Aqua Photo

97. Instruments – Sources: {A} William Huff Photography {B} Drew B Photography

98. Anniversary Year – Sources: {A} Anna Perevertaylo

Couple Pictures Props

Suitcases and some chairs can lend a vintage vibe to your cute couple pictures, in addition to providing seating option. Of course if you are a pet owner then you don’t want to forget your furbabies! Don’t forget to have them groomed and picture ready as well.

99. Suitcases – Sources: {A}  Alicia Q. Photography

100. Chair or Couch – Sources: {A} EK Studios Photo & Video {B} Mikki Platt Photography

101. Steps – Sources: {A} Natalie Franke {B} Anna Kirby Photo

102. Pets – Sources: {A}Aria Photography {B} Bobbi Photo

Bonus Tips to Rock Your Next Couples Photoshoot

103.  Get Organized-  For a flawless photo shoot, make sure you’re organized and know what you want.  Firstly, download our Free Printable Picture Planner and write down your budget. Secondly plan what you want to wear, and finally, choose some of your favorite couples photography poses, locations, and props.

104.  Communicate-  Once you know what you want, make sure you communicate it to your photographer.  By showing him/her some of your favorite couple poses, locations, and props- you can easily get on the same page and they are much more likely to capture the style of pictures that you’re after. This is without a doubt, one of our most important tips!

105.  Rely on Your Photographer- After you’ve communicated what you want to your photographer for your cute couple pictures, make sure you ask for and value their opinion as well.  After all, they are the professional.  Not only will they will know if there are any problems with your chosen location, but they will know if there are better options available.

106.  Order Prints-  When it comes time to order your pictures, don’t forget to order some prints!  So many people just get the CD- and then it ends up lost in a drawer when they could have a gorgeous print on the living room wall instead.  Also, plan ahead and consider how and where you’re going to be displaying your pictures in your home.  It makes ordering so much easier.  It can get pricey, but remember you’re not just buying pictures- you’re preserving memories.  {To keep the cost down, Shutterfly always is running amazing deals on prints. And if you haven’t checked them out already, they are a must!}

107.  Just Do It-  You don’t HAVE  to do an elaborate photo shoot, so keep it simple if you want.  Even if it’s just a quick 10-minute session that your neighbor took in your backyard, or that you took of yourselves on the couch with a tripod – just do it!  Make sure you’re capturing these memories in your marriage. You’ll be so glad you did!

Happy Picture Taking!

For even more photography inspiration, make sure to follow our “Couples Photography Ideas” and “Family Picture Ideas” boards on Pinterest.

**We did our very best to find and link to the original sources of each photo, but if you see a photo that is not linked correctly, please let us know so we can fix it.  We definitely want to give credit where credit is due.  We are so grateful for these wonderfully talented photographers who capture love so beautifully!**

And if you liked this round-up, don’t forget to check out our Best Family Picture Outfit Ideas or The Best Pregnancy Picture Ideas.

About the Author: Becca

Besides my hilariously witty husband, I love a good book, sappy songs, old black-and-white movies, cute crafts, and all things chocolate. I have four (seriously adorable) little kiddos at home and they definitely keep life at home FUN!

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  1. What a great post you have created for photographers and couples! Just wanted to stop by and say thanks! I plan to pass along to our readers too! Also wanted to mention that in addtion to making prints, couples can also make guest books for thier wedding using the free tempaltes at . It’s a great way to show off all those great engagement photos at your wedding and it also makes a great keepsake. After the wedding, they can also make their own pro quality wedding albums too!

    Great job!

  2. I found this so helpful!! Makes me soo excited to shoot my first professional couples shoot. Now I feel super prepared and ready to give my clients a fun memorable session.

  3. Holy MOLY!!! This is the post of all posts!!!!!! I was just telling Jamie we need to snap our Christmas Card pics… and voila!! Here is the BEST post for us to refer to!! I can’t WAIT to dive into figuring out all of my favs!!!! Whoot, WOOT!!