First Look: Romantic Kiss
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First Look: Romantic Kiss

This romantic first look moment and kiss occurred before a garden wedding at an exclusive outdoor hotel.

The property includes dozens of bungalows that provide guests with an intimate and private experience. The ground themselves are immaculate, broad, and varied providing an almost arboretum-like feel.

This photograph features a couple just moments after their first look. I love the groom's spontaneous move when he lifted his bride's hand and kissed it gently.

This moment was candid and undirected and captured in a photojournalistic style. I didn't influence the photograph at all in terms of the couple's actions. However, note the door framing the bride, the greenery that surrounds the couple, and the overarching tree-branch. Just because a photograph is candid, that doesn't mean that it can't be well-composed.

True Story

There's a funny story that I like to share about this couple.

I met the bride several years before their wedding when she hired me for her online dating portraits. But she never needed those photos, because her groom picked her up in a grocery store.

I was told that he was standing in front of her at a local grocery and he couldn't keep his eyes off of her. As she left the store, he approached her, told her she was beautiful, and asked if he could buy her a cup of coffee. She agreed, and the rest is history. Who needs Match.com anyway?