Sexy new breed of wedding photography captures intimate moments days, even weeks, into a new marriage
Wedding photographers are being invited to an unusual kind of after-party.
Brides and grooms — who already often obsessively document their first kiss, first cake slice and first dance — are adding yet another first to their wedding photographer’s list: the morning after.
Sexy shoots featuring rumpled beds and steamy showers are a hot new trend within the wedding business. As the seating charts and floral arrangements fade into memory, these intimate photo shoots take place in newlyweds’ bedrooms or even the hotels where they’ve spent their first night as husband and wife.
“We do it very sexy and implied,” said New Jersey-based photographer Michelle Jonné, 34, who charges about $650 for the service.
The collections often share a torrid theme: couples tumbling in the sheets in various stages of undress, baring almost all to their partner and the person behind the lens.
“I wanted to do the shoots to show that [marriage] is happy … it’s sexy and it’s not over,” said Jonné, who is inspired by the lusty Emporio Armani ads featuring shirtless soccer star David Beckham and his equally sultry wife Victoria.
Past happy clients include Inna Shamis.
“The minute she told me, I thought ‘that is brilliant,’” Shamis said. “When you get married, you’re in the best shape of your life and why not have these memories.”
“Do I think it’s a little bizarre? Yes,” said Candy Cantor, co-owner of RK Bridal in midtown Manhattan, who has spent almost three decades in the marriage business.
“There’s a sexiness to the wedding and I think that’s enough,” she said. “And I am far from a prude.”
But raunchiness isn’t what these sensual photo shoots are about, said Melissa Squires, 39, who runs A Girl in Love Photography in Detroit.
“The feeling I try to capture is closeness,” Squires said. “That lovely calm and happiness one feels when they realize it’s for real, now they are really husband and wife.”