One of the things we find incredibly important when working with a couple or even just someone by themselves is to really get to know them and find a comfort zone. It helps the chemistry between the photographer and subject(s) be a lot more fluid and in turn, allows the creation of much more genuine photos.
With our bride, whom we had met previously in Italy at a photography conference, we had an instant connection to and it was almost as if we had been friends for many, many years. So when it came time for the portraits, things flowed so easily. Along with the silly jokes that got her laughing.