I guarantee you I'm not trying to be funny, I'm just trying to understand something.
Why do adults who are not engaged and do not have kids together take couples photos?
Now parents take yearly photos of kids so they can see their growth and because they don't want their kids to be the only kids in the school to not get photos. Teenagers take photos at the mall because they don't have anything else to do and they actually collect and distribute wallet size photos and show them to people while en route to and from school. I have a stack of those bad boys from high school.
[I think] Engaged adults take photos so they can display them at their wedding and because the engagement is a celebratory time that they will [hopefully] never experience again, so they want to capture the moment.
Families (married or not) take photos for the same reason that parents have their kids take photos, to show growth over time and because grandma will always complain that she doesn't have any recent photos of your from Sears. (Gotta love grandmas).
But, in 2009, why do grown adult couples that are not engaged and do not have kids together take couples photos? Who are you going to give that photo to? Would you carry a photo of a couple in your wallet? Who would you show it to? "Oh this is my girl thummyb and her man, this is b.enchanted and her boo, this is PyT and her sigfig, um... no!"
And don't say it's just to put on facebook either, because people have been doing this way before facebook. There is a fundamental thought process that I just don't get. Is a couples photo like a promise ring?
I've never been coupled up long enough for a photo shoot to come up, but if I was and my honey said let's go take couples pictures, I would just ask why? Don't get me wrong, I love a good photo opportunity, but I think Kodak and Fuji can get it done. Why the Sears/Walmart/Target/Super K-mart photos?
Have you taken couples photos? Seriously, please tell me what you think.