Sometimes the perfect venue helps turn wedding and engagement photos into something magical. A good backdrop can add beautiful context to a wedding or engagement picture. For example, posing a couple in front of an iconic landmark like the Neues Rathaus (New City Hall) or Hauptbahnhof (main train station) can better tell their love story by weaving the setting into it. The venue can also enhance the images that wedding and engagement photographers like us take, because we can use elements from what is around to frame the brides and grooms in the composition, thereby drawing attention and focus to the main subjects of the photography.
Sometimes, however, the venue is irrelevant, because the connection between the couple themselves is so deep and intense that they could be standing in front of a blank white wall and the pictures would be worthy of printing and putting on the mantel. As much as we like to use a great setting to help tell a love story or make unforgettable images, there is really no substitute for two people who are so into each other that nothing else that the camera captures matters. We were so fortunate that this future bride and groom from Hannover, Germany, asked us to take their engagement portraits, because they had that kind of connection — the sort that can make a beautiful photo all by itself.
We did this bride- and groom-to-be’s engagement shoot in a wooded area near the Altwarmbüchener See (Lake) in suburban Hannover. Having grown up in that part of Hannover themselves, they actually suggested the spot, noting that it was a personal favorite of theirs. To get there, we had to leave the main paved road and walk down a dirt path that ran from the alongside an open field. About 200 meters in, we turned, went across a small bridge and made our way into the forest. After navigating our way through some denser underbrush, we emerged in a small clearing between the path and the lake, where we found a good spot in which to pose the lovely couple.
As we said before, though, the setting did not matter all that much. Yes, the branches and the tree trunks were great for framing a young couple in love and the setting winter sun added a nice burst of color in some of the images, but the future bride and groom were so into one another that we mostly just focused our cameras on them. There was so much love and connection evident in every glance, every caress and every tender kiss.
Speaking of kisses, the body language of these spouses-to-be as they move in to kiss one another is the reason that this was our favorite image from teh engagement photo session. We have mentioned elsewhere on this website how great it looks when people posing for couples portraits lean in to kiss without their lips actually touching. It gives the images a bit of dynamism, whereas a photo of a couple kissing can look a bit stationary. A picture of an almost-kiss also creates a sense of anticipation, because you can imagine what the scene will look like when the couple’s lips actually do meet.