Ready to shake up your quarantine with some fun? Today we’re sharing all the tips and tricks you need for a successful Facetime photo shoot. What’s that? Facetime sessions are the latest trend in quarantine photography that allow you to safely commemorate this unique time in your relationship. Whether you’re married, engaged, co-isolating, Facetime photos are a great way to capture your experience at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How A Facetime Photo Shoot Works
Rather than a screenshot, Facetime has a feature that allows you to snap an actual photo of what you see on your screen. Photographers are using this technology to help them document your memories without having to even leave their house! Once you’re on the call, your photographer will ask you to do a quick tour of your home to get an idea of the space and lighting. From there, they will give you all the direction and posing guidance you need to take some seriously gorgeous and intimate photos — all through your phone! After your call, your photographer will edit the photos in their own style and deliver your gallery for you to share and cherish.
Book Your Dream Photographer
Is there a photographer you’ve always wanted to work with? With a Facetime session, you don’t have to worry about travel fees, so you can hire your favorite local photographer or your dream photographer who lives on the other side of the country — or the world!
Ensure You’ve Got Great Light
The key to great photos is great light. Pay attention to the light in your home at different times throughout the day to see how the light changes in different rooms you want to use for your shoot. Schedule your session around when the light is best in your house or apartment — not every home is well lit at the same time! Need a little extra help in the lighting department? A ring light can brighten your space with clean, even light that you can control depending on where you want to shoot!
Practice Positioning Your Phone
With your photographer not physically present, you’re going to need a way to position your phone for them to take your photos. If you’ve always wanted to have one of those cool tripods for your iPhone, now is the perfect time to get one. Next, think about what you can set your phone or tripod on in your home to achieve different angles. Practice putting your phone on a shelf, coffee table, etc. to see what photos look like from a variety of perspectives. Sometimes a stack of books or shoebox can help you get the shot!
Curate A Cozy Backdrop
Spice up your space with texture and color using art, shelving, plants, and more. Hanging some string lights adds a touch of magic to not only your room but the photos too! We recommend choosing 1-3 backdrops in your home — like the nook where you eat breakfast together, your favorite reading corner, or your bedroom — and styling a vignette in each that highlights your personality using some of your favorite things.
Dress For The Occasion
Lean into your stay-at-home wardrobe and put together an outfit that’s ultra-cozy and cute. Of course, you can also get all dressed up for the occasion and rock the outfits you planned for your pre-COVID engagement session or get dressed to the nines in your fanciest attire for a cheeky juxtaposition with your setting.
Give Yourself Something To Do
Last but not least, give yourselves something to do! Lifestyle sessions are best when they capture you in your true state. Sip coffee from your favorite mugs, make cocktails in pretty glassware, read from the books on your nightstand, share a bowl of cereal or ice cream, bake cookies in your kitchen, play a card game or put together a puzzle or snuggle up with a blanket (or your pet!), put on a record and dance in your living room – there are many more ideas you can try, get inspired!