• Backlit
  • Dark
  • fog
  • full body
  • Indoor
  • Looking out
  • Moody
  • Posed
  • Serious
  • smoke
  • standing
  • Wide
  • Window Light

The story behind the image

It’s amazing how photography can connect us with other people who are not from the same city as us. They noticed something different in our photography and decided to take us for the big day of their lives. We always try to do something different, we were excited about the choice of the place, but the weather was not so good, the rain was threatening to fall … It was then that they decided to change all the decoration for a closed space, we were very sad because the open place was perfect for this ceremony.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I asked the couple to go towards the window and when they arrived, to touch the glass with one hand.

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What did you say?

Go towards the window and subtly touch the glass.

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Tone of Directions



Framing is fundamental in this type of scene, first I thought of the ideal position to form the cross design and then I asked the couple to go to the window. I stopped them just before they would intersect with the “cross” that was created by the light & smoke machine so it formed part of the image and story.

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Compositional Rules

Leading Lines


Center FramedFull Body


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

The focus of the sony is amazing, it worked perfectly.

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Focus Mode


Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

On the bride's face

Equipment &

Sony a7iii
Rokinon 35mm / f 1.4
Nanlite Forza 60b

I used a tripod with a LED light outside the house and a smoke machine so I could draw the light.

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1/1600 @ f/1.4 ISO2500 WB-Auto

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

I used an LED light just outside of the window so I could have that window light effect. The great thing with an LED is that the light stays on and you can see what the light will do; unlike a Flash which obviously only lights for a split second.

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Light Type

Artificial LightWindow Lighting

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I applied the preset and made some adjustments to exposure, contrast, and highlights.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Preset Used


The challenge was to find the exact composition that i thought worked best with the cross element and the couple.

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I started by composing first without the couple, and then finally asked them to move into the shot.

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Location Name

Imperatriz MA

Location aDDRESS

Avenida Principal, 1356 - Lagoinha, Imperatriz - MA, 65909-001

Loation Type

Casa de evento



For this type of image, a smoke machine and directional light are indispensable. If you have the chance to play with a smoke machine, do it!

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