The Power of Touch

Each day, we touch someone. Sometimes multiple times a day. That touch could be with words or actions, or it could be physically with a touch. Did you know that we actually release hormones when we give and receive hugs that can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve our moods, among many other things? All the more reason to be connected with each other physically, not just in a virtual sense. And for couples, this sense of touch is essential to maintaining a good relationship, staying connected with each other on a physical and emotional level, and bonding. This session with Sandra & Jose is so sweet and intimate, and reminds us to take time to literally, just touch each other.

from the photographer: “This is a real couples boudoir session! It was shot all on B&W 35mm film with a canon AE-1. It was my first time shooting B&W 35mm and my first time doing a session like this! Sandra & Jose were getting married in two days and we decided to do two types of pre-wedding sessions. This one was inspired and suggested by me. I had been wanting to shoot something close to my heart. This was inspired by the concept of touch. A thought I’d been mulling over recently. Not only in my creativity but in my own life and the lives of others. How simple a touch can be yet how much it can say. How to inspire my couples to be natural in their movements and gestures during our sessions. How to capture the smallest of touches and feelings with a camera. How intimate touch can be, even just a simple hug. So I asked these two to be my muses. Being madly in love and getting married a few days later definitely added to the chemistry between these two! I asked them to interact like natural, to talk, to laugh, to touch as if it were a morning in bed. I’m thrilled with the results and love these photos! “

What’s your favorite thing about each other?
One of my favorite things about Jose is that he loves to surprise me. From the moment we started dating he put great thought into our dates and special occasions. He’s always been very thoughtful and romantic.

How do you like to show love to each other?
We like to show love to each other by showing affection. It can be a simple kiss on the forehead or scratching each other’s back after a long day. It’s the small touches that can mean the most at the end of the day. It’s a way to reconnect and show love.

Do you have any advice for other couples?
One piece of advice that we live by is to never say things when you’re mad. Once you cross that line and disrespect the other person there’s no taking it back. They may forgive but they’ll never forget.

Photographer: Jess Leigh Photographer


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