The FIRST Kiss as husband and wife - this is no doubt one of the most important photo moments on your big day. Our brides all want to post this photo on Instagram and Facebook to share their happiness with the whole world. But this happens in just about a second during the ceremony. For seasoned professional photographers, it is still challenging to capture a gorgeous first kiss photo. Here are some of our photographers' tips to the brides and grooms to make sure you look perfect for this moment.
Lock your lips for longer than three seconds
This might be longer than what you feel comfortable about. But if we have more time to capture the first kiss, you will definitely get more photos for this special moment to choose from. For you, if this is too awkward or too nervous to keep kissing for so long, you may even follow up with a second kiss, just for more photo opportunities. Don't forget, your guests are taking photos too - cell phone shutter speed is slower than professional camera. Just hold on another second and you will surely get much better photos.
Have two cameras for different angles
Usually when we shoot the ceremony, we will have one photographer take photos from the back. You will have your first kiss photos from the side. For such short period of time, it is impossible for the photographer to move from one spot to another. To have more angles, you can have two photographers - one covering from the back, another from the side. It is good to have the bride's or the groom's frontal close-up shot during first kiss.
Ask your officiant to step aside before the ceremony
This photo is supposed to include just two of your. After the officiant announces that "You may kiss the Bride," it leaves no time for the officiant to step out of the photo. It is necessary to ask your officiant if they can step aside for this moment. But truly, we don't mind having the officiant in the photo. Sometimes, the officiant's pleasant body language and expression can be a plus for the photo.
Make sure the side hair not block your face
We had a hard time fixing some of the photos with bride's face covered by her fore hair on the right face. During the ceremony, the bride is standing on the left and the groom on the right. At first kiss when the bride and groom stand face to face, if we shoot from behind, we always snap the bride's right face. When you communicate with your hairstylist, make sure that your right side of the face is not covered or blocked by long side hair.