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Many married-couples-to-be prepare the ambiance, the outfits, and the poses for their upcoming engagement photos. These images are used for wedding invitations and “save the dates,” and are an official announcement to the world that two will soon become one. Wedding photographers are paid to capture the energy and intimacy between a couple–so they become pros at interpreting body language and vibes between a pair.

Wedding photogs Ariele Chapman and Erica Whiting told Insider that they can make an accurate guess on how long a marriage will last

“When couples laugh a lot during their session, I can also tell how much they enjoy each other’s company,”  Chapman explained.

“Laughing is so important for couples, to jokingly make fun of each other, to not take life too seriously, to just go with it. When I photograph couples and they laugh during the session, it makes me know they are going to last, because they enjoy each other.”

Whiting told the site that she notices when one person is disgruntled or angry during picture taking. When “one partner is completely uninterested in wedding photos, nor do they have any interest in participating in photos in an effort to compromise or make their partner happy,” it’s not a good sign.

Aside from how the duo interacts with each other, Chapman pays attention to how she feels while capturing the lovers.

“When I photograph a couple, and I’m tearing up about how in love they are, that is always the best sign when I can tell that this is it, this is their person for life,” she said.

Some red flags include arguments and disagreements within the family/wedding party. And insults or jabs exchanged between partners are a sure sign things probably aren’t heading towards happily ever after.

“Conflict, tension or arguing among the wedding party or family members can be signs of stressors in the relationship or can cause stress in the relationship later on,” Chapman explained.

 

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