“We Cannot Touch Until We’re Married”

Orthodox Jews take their scripture seriously, and it is written that men and women cannot touch until married. So when Justin and Eliana came to me for an engagement shoot, my first question was “can you get close? Like, smell-each-other close?” Turns out there’s nothing more intimate than people smelling each other without touching. Playing with that tension led to what another orthodox friend of mine called “the hottest frum engagement ever. I agree. This was hot. And yet, even in the images where there is no visual space between them, they aren’t touching.” Yes, I had to google “frum” to know what she meant.