Kiss and Tell: Lip-locking Photography

Valentine's Day is coming up again and it got us around to thinking about kissing. A symbol of love, it has been a recurring theme throughout all of art history and of course, photography has expanded it to make it all the more recurrent. Below, in Kiss and Tell: Lip-Locking Photography, we share some iconic images to get you in the mood of either puckering up, or, if you're single and camera friendly, of going out this Valentine's day to get some great kiss shots. 

Art History

In mythology and art history one of the prevalent kiss stories is the tale of Psyche and Eros. The myth, which you can read here, has inspired many sculptures and paintings. Antonio Canova's Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss is definitely a favourite, although Rodin's The Kiss is gorgeous too. 

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Famous Kiss Photographs

In photography, there have been many kiss images that not only depict encounters between two people, but are also political and social representations.  The selection of emblematic kiss photographs that we have put in chronological order clearly shows this. 

E. Dean- Soldats britanniques en partance pour l'Egypte- 1935

E. Dean- Soldats britanniques en partance pour l'Egypte- 1935

Alfred Eisenstaedt- VJ Day at Times Square, New York- 1945

Alfred Eisenstaedt- VJ Day at Times Square, New York- 1945

Le Baiser de l'Hotel de Ville- Robert Doisneau- 1950

Le Baiser de l'Hotel de Ville- Robert Doisneau- 1950

J.J. Belanger- Kissing a man in a photo booth- 1953

J.J. Belanger- Kissing a man in a photo booth- 1953

Rennie Ellis- Kiss now, the revolution can wait

Rennie Ellis- Kiss now, the revolution can wait

Arthur Steel- The Kiss- 1981

Arthur Steel- The Kiss- 1981

 Street Photography and Social Media

Photo By linda yvonne

Photo By linda yvonne

Kissing is also a theme of interest to street photographers and we love Matt Weber's project in which he spent 30 years photographing kisses in New York City. More on him here. 

Social media and instagram have also popularized this kind of shot and you can tune into the @kissingchannel, @igdailylove, and @cutecouple to both browse or share your own snaps of lip-locks. 

Also, we love these Instagram couples with picture perfect relationships, and also these gorgeous traveling couples.

A Few Tips for The Kiss Shot

Photo by Carlos ZG

Photo by Carlos ZG

If the kiss is staged, stage the kiss but not the couple. According to New York Fashion photographer Michael Craegh, passion cannot be faked, so for his fashion shoot Kiss, the models he worked with were shot with their boyfriends rather than with other models. 

Also, to avoid awkwardness, wedding photographer Haley Sheffield suggests making a joke just as the couple is leaning in so that you capture a close laugh. Other tips she mentions include incorporating movement to the situation, such as suggesting a stroll, and starting from a distance rather than with close ups. 

And always, use nice lighting!