Back at the turn of the 20th century and up until the late 1930s, huge numbers of postcards were produced all over the world featuring romantic couples. These images are beautiful, sophisticated, passionate and tender and often very modern looking. These particular images are all from my own personal collection, presented for your viewing pleasure but also as inspiration, both for those photographers, professional and amateur, who wish to photograph couples and also to prospective clients who would like to commission me to photograph them. I have photographed many couples and generally those images are private, not to be shared with the general public. In another post, however, I will present a few of my own images of couples that I am free to show.
Lovely hand tinted image.
Many of the romantic images are tinted an overall shade of color, in this case a hot passionate pink. I love these pictures and look forward to incorporating the technique into my own work.
Another toned image, this one in a more delicate pink as he whispers sweet nothings in her ear.
Quite passionate and sexy. The French caption says, “In life, we go forwards tenderly entwined. We love each other with a mad love.”
Again, in French, “The Kiss”
The blue tint lends this image a certain mood as the couple sits in the parlor at night whispering ardently words of love.
Again, hot pink passion.
The cool green lends a different mood.
He holds her face so tenderly. Gentlemen, take heed! A woman loves when her man gently caresses her face.
In this beautiful picture, the “man” seems incredibly feminine; perhaps a lesbian couple. Lesbians want romance, too. Some of my first clients were women couples.
A sensual image, you can almost smell the scent of her perfumed bosom and feel, as his hands do, her soft warm flesh through her flimsy dress.
An incredibly passionate photo. Gentlemen, not the hand strong and yet tenderly holding her face. So strong and yet so gentle.
Interesting composition with flowers.
Nice intimate close-up image. I think time, not intention, has caused the strange coloration, though it’s a great effect.
The lovely French verse reads, ” A loving kiss that takes the lips like holy communion. Without you, earthly happiness is just an illusion.”
A lovely warm sepia tone conveys the warmth of the couple’s ardor.
A surprisingly contemporary image. She’s halfway undressed, hinting at the passionate encounter to come.
Nicely hand colored.
Another passionate kiss.
Interesting use of a circular frame with floral decoration.
Again, warm and intimate in sepia tone.