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The first kiss at a wedding ceremony is one of the most special and meaningful moments in a couple’s life. Not only does it mark the beginning of their life together as husband and wife, but it also serves to capture an emotion-filled moment that will last forever. It is almost certain that the first kiss photo will be prominently displayed in the couple’s home, making it an important moment to get right.
In short, for the couple, there is inherently stress put on capturing this moment as for them this is the photo they will blow up above their mantle, which will be a staple for their home. For you as the photographer, nailing this photo is essential in both; “A job well done,” and essential in building a quality portfolio. Any gallery without this photo would surely be a failure for your bride and groom. With all that said, here are some tips on how to ensure mutually that this moment is captured for a lifetime and worth showcasing for a lifetime!
The first kiss is one of the first shots a wedding photographer must take. But it also carries with it some unique challenges that can be particularly hard to navigate as an amateur. As such, you should make sure to think carefully about how you will approach this moment and ensure that both bride and groom are aware of what should happen on their wedding day. Additionally, the experience will make capturing this moment flawlessly every time a breeze.
Before the first kiss, both the bride and groom should discuss with their photographer what they would like that moment to look like. This includes discussing what kind of framing they prefer as well as where the first kiss will take place. The couple should also discuss how long their first kiss should last – a few seconds is usually enough for most couples. Be sure to hold that kiss! Any great photographer will remind you of this before the ceremony but be sure to give your photographer time to snap a great photo. Keep yourself in the moment, and enjoy, this is generally enough for any great photographer to snap several shots.
Also, be aware of what will happen after the first kiss. Will you turn to your guests, kiss again, and hug each other? Make sure you discuss this before the day of the wedding so that your photographer is prepared to capture these moments as well.
Lighting is an important factor in any photo and first-kiss photographs are no exception. Natural light tends to be the best option for first kiss photos as it will provide a softer and more romantic feel than artificial lighting can. If natural light isn’t available, make sure to use the right type of artificial lighting to create the desired effect.
Utilize the Right Angle
The first kiss photo should be taken from an angle that will capture both faces of the couple clearly. This will ensure that the first kiss is captured in all its glory, rather than a side shot or other unappealing angle.
Be prepared to capture the first kiss as soon as it happens. The key is to be ready and have your camera at the right angle before the first kiss so that you don’t miss any of the action.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with first-kiss photography. Instead of just having the couple stand and kiss, you can encourage them to do something unique that will add an extra special touch to the first kiss photo. Ideas include having them twirl or even jump in the air together as they kiss.
GET CLOSE BUT NOT TOO CLOSE
When photographing the first kiss, it’s important to get close enough to capture the moment without intruding on their personal space. A good distance for first kiss photography is about 4-5 feet from the couple. This will give you an intimate view of the first kiss without making them feel uncomfortable.
TAKE SEVERAL SHOTS
Finally, make sure to take several shots of the first kiss. This will give you plenty of options when it comes time to choose the best photo for your portfolio and for the couple’s home gallery.
These tips are essential for any photographer and bride/groom who wants to ensure that the first kiss is captured perfectly in photos. By following the tips listed above, photographers should have no issue in creating beautiful first kiss photos that will last a lifetime.
At Bushel + Peck we apply our unique processes and experience with today’s best photographers in your area. Our process is designed to leave nothing to chance. To have a successful wedding with a gallery full of images that couples will enjoy for a lifetime. Our photographers are vetted, skills and competencies are verified. Each couple is taken through our award winning process of understanding tastes, needs and personaility so that a perfect photographer complementing our couples is selected. From there, let Bushel + Peck ensure your wedding photos remain a timeless treasure of one of your most special days! Are you ready to take photographer off your wedding list? Contact us here!
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