A young photojournalist Jibon Ahmed recently posted a seemingly innocent photo of a couple sharing a kiss in the rain. The photo was taken at Dhaka University, and this image depicting love quickly went viral. However, it got the photographer in a whole lot of trouble. He was reportedly assaulted by other photographers shortly after posting the photo. According to some sources, he even got fired from his job.
The power of social media can be a double-edged sword. A recent body positive shoot of a Texas couple, Stephanie and Arryn, spread all over the internet like a wildfire. The reactions of the public were mainly positive, but apparently, Stephanie’s employer doesn’t share the opinion of the public.
After the photos went viral, Stephanie got fired from Austin Bank Texas N.A. As BuzzFeed reports, “they were ‘concerned’ about how many people would see her photos and how it would reflect on the company.”
If you’re new to couple portraits, you probably know that it could be a bit tricky. It’s not always easy to get them relaxed and feel comfortable in front of the camera. Rachel and Daniel from Mango Street will give you some quick tips how to take and more natural-looking portraits of couples. In their short and sweet video tutorial, they suggest some pretty awesome techniques with just the right amount of quirkiness. But according to the couple shots they took – they seem to work.
Photographing couples can be great fun. It can also be a great big pain, especially when you are faced with a couple that have a pretty drastic height difference between them. The common tactic is to simply hunch the taller person over to match the height of the other. It’s not a very flatting look, and doesn’t really make for great photos, but it’s just a natural reaction.
Peter Hurley’s approach is a simple one. “Spread ’em”. The problem with having the taller person simply lean down is that it brings the shoulders forward, it shortens the neck, and just looks plain uncomfortable. Spreading the legs allows your subject to lower their height, while still keeping their torso and neck elongated and their head held high.
A few weeks ago I posted a series of photographs of couples ‘making love’ in public places and got a very positive response. So I figured I’d keep at it!
At the time, I used to only shoot couples I ran into randomly, so it was pure street photography. But then I thought, I don’t run into couples sharing an intimate moment that often… So why not create those moments?
The photography industry is one that requires the best of everyone. We have to constantly be producing quality at the drop of a hat. Amid being so busy, a few key couples have found a way to maintain a beautiful relationship and thrive together. I wondered what life was like for these really prominent power couples of our industry. Being that I knew them, I simply asked! They happily obliged and the answers were so heart warming and equally interesting.
From all over the world, here are four couples that shared a piece of their life with us.
A lot of people love Star Wars. Granted, I’m not one of them, but I’m beginning to learn that my opinion doesn’t necessarily impact the choices of the rest of the world. (Someday this will change…) Daniel Grove is one of those who loves Star Wars. Paying homage to his beloved science fiction genre, the Texas-based photographer teamed up with couple Angel and Kyson to create an engagement shoot of epic proportions.
In a galaxy not-so-far-far away, they brought the fight of the Galactic Empire to the Texan countryside. With full Tatooine-esque (Tatooinian-esque? Tatooineü-esque?) wardrobe and makeup, the couple fought for their mortal survival against Sith Lords to eventually win the day. (I love how it looks like Kyson is “slip-thumbing” his laser gun…)
The number of couples posting cheesy photos to Facebook can probably only be matched by the number of people who find cheesy photos of couples on social media really annoying.
But a study from Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking magazin, shows that posting those cheesy photos to Facebook actually increases the odds for a couple to stay together. The study checked how couples interaction on Facebook impacted the time they stayed in the “in a relationship” on Facebook. (Actually, the more accurate description was if posting more joint photos, statuses and writing on each other’s walls increases the likelihood of staying together after 6 months).
This is interesting, so the researcher speculated on the why. Public Commitment Theory suggests that the more committed you seem, the more committed you are. The author, Catalina Toma, PhD, an assistant professor of communication science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, speculates the reasons to Yahoo Health: