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Just after the welcome buffet, the couple was eager to see how their reception had been set up, so we took the opportunity to accompany them on this tour.

The excitement was palpable, after years of organization and a pandemic, they finally saw their dreams and all they had wanted to be realized. We took the opportunity to make the experience a unique, silent but exciting moment before the guests enter the room, making them dance in the middle of the room to the notes of a love song that is extremely important to them.

The bride started crying in her groom’s arms, and I too got excited. From this shot I learned that photography must be delicate, entering the lives of our couples on tiptoe, trying to immortalize emotions rather than images.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I asked my couple to fully enjoy the moment, to position themselves in the center of the room in front of the golden hour ray of light, and to focus on their mutual love. Using music that allowed me to focus on emotions also helped me to move freely in the scene without creating a disturbance and photograph different types of emotions, also helping them to feel like in a bubble and not feel uncomfortable with my presence in such an intimate moment.

What did you say?

Well, guys, if you want you can position yourself in the center of the room in front of the beam and dance, now I will put a special song on you, I would like you to take a deep breath, to concentrate totally on the words, on your love.

How did you compose your image?

I decided to place my subject in the center to emphasize the moment which was full of emotions and to show the beauty and grandeur of the reception room as well as the bride and groom. The light was particularly interesting as the golden hour was approaching and it came in direct from the windows creating a really nice lighting effect. This central composition highlights the intimate moment of the couple without tarnishing the beauty of the place.

How and what did you focus on?

I used my camera’s automatic continuous focus on the bride and groom so that they were the main subject of the image. Being that the bride’s dress was well lit, it wasn’t difficult and I didn’t have any issues with the missing the focus.

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How did you use the light in your image?

The light that was there at that time (evening, just before the golden hour) was still strong enough and direct and came in quite harshly from the windows that ended up looking exactly like a sunset. Being that the castle was on a hill it was strong until it went below the horizon so I decided to take advantage of the still strong but warm light to position the couple exactly on the light beam so that it could illuminate them and make them stand out. It was not easy to be able to capture them in such strong light, but the window diffused the light slightly and avoided too much contrast.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Nikon D750

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/400

Aperture

f/1.4

ISO

160

White Balance

Auto

How did you edit your image & what did you use?

I used Muse and Mirror’s True Romance preset as a base. I tried to recreate a warm and soft atmosphere that could best connect to the romantic moment. I didn’t use local adjustments, post-production was simple and as natural as possible.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset

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What challenges did you face?

The difficulty was to relax the couple who were very tense and excited and therefore did not allow to capture authentic moments.

How did you solve them?

Dedicating these short minutes to them with a dance allowed them to calm down and get excited, making the moment of photography an experience, not a problem.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

I learned that the best moments to capture are also the most intimate and natural that will leave the couple with a pleasant memory of that moment.
Positioning the subject in the right place will ensure that the shot will work from any angle. Giving couples a way to express themselves will be an excellent opportunity to break the ice and capture unique moments!

Yidaki Studio

Shooting since

2014

Current Home

Italy

Website

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Hi, I’m Aurora and I’ve been photographing weddings since 2014. I work with my husband Christian as a photography+videography duo. As couple, we met right in the moment when I understood that the office work was not for me and had the need to express myself creatively. Fortunately we had the same vision and after getting married it started to be a full-time job for both of us. I’ve always been inspired by the power of creating not just memories but real, true feelings. For me photography is a powerful way to feel, to create, to express what’s in my heart. Has been a long way since I started to understand and create my style, my vision. When I started with weddings I was fascinated by the connections between my couples, how they were connected and how their love was so touching. That’s why I love so much this passion and this work as well. I want to turn your wedding photos into a piece of art, unique and special.

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