Three, or was it four shoots ago, I made it a point to stop using the "K" word - "Kiss" - when I'm shooting. If you're into the authentic-organic thing (if you think about it), "Can you guys kiss?" is the not-so-evil twin of "1-2-3 Smile". Don't get me wrong: directing leads to great-looking photos. But if you also value authenticity and it's not just 'great-looking photos' that you're after, then it's a big deal how real - unquantifiable as it may be - that kiss is. Which makes the last few photos in this post very special.
Thank you, Owen and Nikka, for giving me a glimpse of that very intimate moment. And I learned from Nikki and Diane how you guys normally are (ha!), which made me realize how rare this moment was all the more!
Owen & Nikka's engagement session. Shot on location: Chadpidan Boulder Beach, Batanes, Philippines. October 2017. Color remastered, April 2018.