Unconscious Kiss – A Moment in Time #36

My whole reason for being a photographer is to capture little moments in time. Moments that come in a split second and are gone forever, preserving them through pictures. As anyone who follows my work will know, I left the ‘setup’ world of advertising many years ago to concentrate on storytelling. As a documentary wedding photographer I now much prefer to focus on capturing what’s in front of me rather than create a shoot based on preconceived ideas. So on any given day, as well as capturing all the big moments like the first kiss, walking up the aisle, the first dance and so on, I’ll also spend the day observing the couple and their guests looking for little moments and little exchanges.

As the guests all mingled outside at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London I made my way up the fire escape stairs to get a better vantage point. Shooting through the railings I took a wider frame of the overall setting before spotting a scene unfolding in front of me, so I switched cameras and cropped in a little tighter. Cherie and Tom, newly married, talking to a family member. Tom raises Cherie’s hand and gives it a tender, almost unconscious, kiss. If this tiny little gesture doesn’t say love and adoration then I don’t know what does.

An unconscious kiss between bride and groom

For photographers: This was shot on a Nikon D750 with the 85mm at f/2.2, 1/320s, 100 ISO.

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