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The Best Type Of Couples Photo Shoot For Each Type Of Relationship

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In today's day and age, the scrapbook is obsolete and the selfie has taken over. But if you’re like me and long for the days of beautiful romantic photos that can be framed and kept forever, listen up. 

Professional couples photography is the new wave, so ditch those iPhone pics and spring for a photo shoot. Trust me, it’s worth the money.

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But there's a lot that goes into setting one of these bad boys up, getting your S.O. to agree is only half the battle. Once you get on Pinterest and start doing some research you’ll realize there are so many options — too many, even. Where do you start? How do you choose between dark or light, indoor or outdoor?

Each photographer will have a different style and different themes to their couples shoots. You'll definitely want to figure out which type of location and style best represents you and your partner.

This guide is to help you choose a session that embodies your beautiful love and will give you photos you can cherish forever.

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The Adventurous Couple

If you're the couple that loves to travel, go on adventures, and try new things together, these photo shoots would be the most fun and SO you.

1. Get lost in a mountain view. 

Find a photographer that's willing to get out there with you! Go on a hike or find a spot at the top of a ski trail during the summer. The view will be killer and you can walk around and wrap up in a blanket and get cozy.

2. Find your favorite rooftop .

For that adventurous inner city couple, find the top of a building that has a view of downtown and take some high-flying lovey dove photos that show of fyour relationship and the city you love.

3. Travel.

Next time you lovebirds go on vacation, hire a photographer while you’re there! It’s a great way to get to know the new city and you’ll have something other than a snap chat story to remind you of your super cool getaway.

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The Long Term/Comfortable Couple

For those of you who have been together FOREVER and are super comfortable with each other, these romantic-style shoots are for you.

1. Opt for a photo shoot in your home.

Hire a photographer that will come into your house or apartment and take photos of you in the comfort of your own home. On your kitchen floor, hanging out in bed, drinking coffee on the couch, taking a bath together. In-home shoots are super intimate and great if you two are really comfortable with each other. Plus, capturing your love in your own space brings out the soft domestic side in both of you.

2. Get sexy with a couples boudoir photo shoot.

If you two are REALLY comfortable with each other, take some steamy boudoir photography! Strip down to your undies and get close. These steamy pics will remind you of the flame between you two for years to come.

3. Take a dip.

If you live near a beach or river or lake or some kind of body of water, feel free to just jump right in. Yep, clothes and all! These fun and spontaneous photoshoots are a sure fire way to bring youand your S.O. closer and show off a more intimate side of your relationship.                

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The Old Fashioned/ Traditional Couple

If you two are a little more old school, a.k.a. not so much for taking pics that reveal too much of your personal lives, these shoots are perfect for you.

1. Find a nearby studio.

These are the most traditional style of couples photos. Make an appointment at a studio near you and sit in front of a simple backdrop. These pictures will be cute and professional but without being showy.  This style is great for couples that feel awkward or are super low maintenance.

2. Field photography.

What could be more traditional than a good old wheat field? These fun photos aren’t super hard to pull off as the background is pretty simple. The focus will be on the two of you and you won't have to worry about moving around to much. Say cheese!

3. Get Formal.

If you’re hoping for something more old-fashioned, the simplest option is to play a little dress up! Any location will do, so get into a nice dress and some heels, or a swell suit and do yourself upright for some photos where you’re the shining star.

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The Modest Couple

For those of you who are a little shy or embarrass easily, pictures can be daunting. Kissing in front of complete strangers or posing out in public can be weird, for sure. If you’re feeling a little sheepish about your session, here are some options for you.

1. Wander the woods.

Woodsy photoshoots can be really beautiful. You're surrounded by nature and pretty trees so you’re bound to get some memorable shots. But most importantly, you’re not likely to run into anyone way out there in the forest. You may come across some deer but they’ll keep your secrets.

2. Rendezvous at a river.

If you live near a creek or river, find a spot that's hidden by the rocks or in a more secluded area. You can get your feet wet and have a good time without the crowds of a public beach or popular swimming hole.

3. Rent a venue. 

If you’ve got the budget for it, rent out a venue! Mansions and old homes and beautiful wedding locations normally are deserted if there isn’t a wedding going on. This gives you the privacy you want and beautiful backdrops to die for.

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Olivia is a writer and photographer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.