Indeed it does Sheldon, and I appreciate that. The part of directing subjects is something I'm adapting too. To be honest, I felt very outgoing and comfortable that day.
So as I began to ask them to hop on eachothers shoulders and play around, act like I wasn't there. They were extremely shy and non expressive.
When I asked them to kiss, a kiss on the cheek is all I got, mainly because of religious purposes. These 2 people are highly religious and although are getting married, I guess they haven't kissed or something?
They are not super close friends, and I rarely see them.
I'll learn over time how to deal with situations like that. It's difficult though
I find them technically quite good. Exposures, color, compostion etc are all pleasing. The only thing you could potentially add to your bag of tricks is to try a warming gel in front of the flash - especially for the backlit sunset shots. It will help to match the relatively cold color of the flash to the warmer sunset.
The main thing that stands out to me in the photos is something I'm working on in my own shooting - a lack of emotion or connection with the subject. I think it's partially helping people to be at ease in front of the camera, and in directing the tone of what's happening in the shoot.
It's hard to get that nailed down, but when there's an emotional connection with the subject in the photograph it really stands out. Hard to explain - more of a "I know it when I see it" kind of thing.
Hope this makes some sense....