Kensington Palace just released three official engagement photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and they are seriously swoon-worthy. The couple looks gorgeous and totally in love while showing off the three-stone sparkler that's been making headlines. The pair were snapped by fashion and celeb photographer Alexi Lubomirski (who, according to People, is a prince himself) at Frogmore House in Windsor, England (about a mile from Windsor Castle).
We know that these photos will spark serious engagement photo envy for all betrothed couples, and there's good news: taking candid and posed shots just like Harry and Meghan is possible.
We asked Toronto-based wedding photographer Lisa Mark, a seasoned pro at capturing romance, to shed some light on how to achieve Harry and Meghan-calibre photos.
Get an experienced photographer who is capable of directing you. Harry and Meghan, who definitely have access to a fleet of seasoned professionals, chose Alexi Lubomirski as a their engagement photographer (he's shot the likes of Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow). It also helps that the couple have no doubt had some experience being photographed. But any wedding photographer should be able to tell you what to do. "Good direction will help you take away any anxiety you may have," Mark says.
"Posed" is not a bad thing. Harry and Meghan posed sitting down on the steps of the Frogmore House, and the result is an absolutely stunning portrait of the two. "When couples say they don't want to look posed, what they really mean is that they don't want to look stiff," Mark explains. "Posing is your friend, embrace it and don't forget to smile and laugh."
Your connection with your partner and your photographer will show in your photos. There's a sense of ease and love in Harry and Meghan's shoot, and it is clear that they're comfortable both with each other and with their photographer. "Laugh, smile, be sexy and flirty," Mark says. "Your photographer will have ways of encouraging this connection to come out during the shoot." Choose a photographer that can capture that spark--it'll be evident in their portfolio.
Black and white photos or colour photos? While most photographers will shoot in both black and white and colour, not all do. Some may provide you with the same photo in both black and white as well as colour, and some may provide you with just the black and white version for artistic reasons. In Harry and Meghan's case, the pair opted to release two black and white candid photos. "Ask your photographer about their preferences," Mark advises.
How should you dress? Mark always tells her clients to dress as if they were attending a wedding--and Harry and Meghan's outfits are totally on par with this rule. Meghan stunned in a long black gown by Ralph & Russo, and Harry looked dashing a suit. Their level of formal matches each other, making them look like the perfect pair. "Choose your attire based on your shoot location and personal vibe," she suggests. "If the bride is wearing a sexy dress with heels, her groom shouldn't be wearing a sweatshirt!"
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