This photograph of a bride and groom kissing was taken while I was photographing a destination Indian wedding at the Majestic Elegance in Punta Cana. Punta Cana is located in the Dominican Republic. The resort is situated on a beautiful beach which is perfect for a destination wedding. The bride and groom are from Toronto, Canada and their wedding planner, who has been stalking my website for years, directed them to me. The planner Jamica Andani told me she was just waiting for the perfect couple to hire me and fly me from South Florida to shoot their dream wedding. I was thrilled to travel to the Dominican Republic to photograph their destination wedding.
The bride and groom actually had 2 ceremonies, which took place over several days with an Indian wedding being on one day and then a Persian wedding being the next day.
After the Indian wedding ceremony was over I spent some time with the bride and groom walking around Majestic elegance and looking for some fantastic places to take photos. This photo was taken in the shower which was located right off the beach, as we walked past the shower, I couldn’t help notice those amazing blue tiles and thought that they would go great with the bride's beautiful red Indian wedding dress. Whenever I'm photographing the first thing I look for is perfect lighting and often it's the position of the sun that dictates the angle of the camera position. In this case the sun was somewhat behind them. Due to some light cloud coverage I had very even lighting so I was able to position myself anywhere I wanted to in order to get the shot. I also used a tiny bit of fill flash to fill in any unwanted shadows. I shot this with a Canon 5D Mark 2 and I used a zoom lens at 55 mm. I would have shot this with a longer focal length lens but since I was standing on a raised platform I didn’t have to luxury of backing up further. 55mm is a good focal length for portraits because it's a little bit on the telephoto side and provides good compression which is helpful when It comes to making people look good. I decided on F11 which is a good f-stop for photographing subjects where you want both the subject to be in focus as well as background. The ISO for this photo was 640 which allowed me to be able to shoot at the f-stop I wanted and still maintain a relatively fast shutter speed of 1/80 of a second.
If you'd like to see more from this wedding you can click the link to the blog section of our website in the search bar type in Majestic Elegance that will bring you to the blog post which has this photo and many more photos from this wedding.