Yes, unless you hired some really shabby shooters then they shouldn’t have any problems capturing your and your partner’s first kiss. It’s just that, we’ve been doing NY & NJ wedding photography for a long time now, so we know that there are some things that you can do on your end to make the most of the moment.
Don’t worry, it’s not as if you have to kiss any differently than you normally would or force some type of uncomfortable pose. There are just some subtle, simple tips to remember that may just make the difference between a run-of-the-mill first-kiss shot and a totally unforgettable one.
1. Ignore your surroundings.
Okay, so completely ignoring the family members and friends who came out to support you and your partner on your big day, as well as the people there to help, isn’t normally the right move, but that’s precisely what you should do during your first kiss. In fact, it’s probably the only time it’s perfectly acceptable. Why?
Because everyone knows how awkward it can be to do anything with every set of eyes in the room on you, including kissing your partner for the first time as his or her spouse. Think about it, not only will you have to do it with everyone watching and your officiant close by, but you’ll also have to do it on-demand at a certain moment. That can feel a little bit odd, no matter how long you’ve been together.
That’s why it’s so important to try your best to just block everybody out. In that moment, try to pretend it’s just the two of you, and more importantly, try to actually enjoy it. Trust us, when it comes to looking good in your wedding photos, happy & enthusiastic beats awkward & uncomfortable any day.
Even though you’ve kissed your partner countless times, your wedding’s first kiss will be a whole different ball game, which is why it’s always a good idea to practice together as much as possible leading up to your big day, and not just the kiss itself, but the step forward, the placement of your arms, etc.
It may sound silly now, but take it from us as longtime NY & NJ wedding photography pros, it’ll give you a lot more confidence once your big day arrives knowing that you and your partner have worked out all the little first-kiss details. That way, you won’t have to worry about any surprises and can just focus on enjoying the moment.
3. Take your time and kiss as usual.
While you absolutely should not get too affectionate in front of all your guests, it’s important to remember to take your time. In fact, it’s usually a good idea to take the kiss a little longer than you feel you should, even though it’ll probably feel like it’s taking forever. Trust us, it’s not. It’s just the nerves.
And it’s not just about making the kiss long enough to be meaningful. It’s also about your photographers. Again, while they shouldn’t have a problem actually capturing the moment itself, if you just give a quick peck to your partner and turn away, then they want be able to give you many options when all is said and done.
From there, don’t completely alter the way you and your partner kiss just for your wedding’s first-kiss moment. Try to keep it natural, because trying something completely new or different will only likely serve to make things more awkward and uncomfortable.
We’ve seen our share of first kisses in our time in wedding photography in NJ.
For some tips on making the most out of any and all wedding kisses, not just your and your partner’s first, check out this post, Creative Wedding Photo Ideas for Capturing the Kisses, but the bottom line is that your wedding will only have one first kiss. So, we hope these tips help you to make the most of it.
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