• Center Framed
  • Indoor
  • Sitting
  • Same Sex
  • red light
  • Posed
  • Moody
  • Looking into camera
  • full body
  • Cool
  • fashion
  • edgy
  • Dark
  • Crouching
  • Creative
  • Couch
  • Soft Light

The story behind the image

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I wanted to make the couple larger than life, and the heroes in their own story. In film, characters are often given a sense of power and strength by making them large in the frame and shooting low and pointing upwards. I also wanted to play around with and challenge traditional concepts of masculinity and feminity.

The shoot was done in a flower shop, that had an amazing pink, and very kitsch, waiting room. The location was spotted fortuitously when I walking around the streets of Manchester with the couple, and I asked the owner if it was ok to use this amazing spot. Thankfully they said yes, and this frame is just one of a series of shots I got.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)
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What did you say?

Glenn, stand on the sofa, and then crouch down. Look downwards at me, with a somewhat serious but relaxed face. Let the flowers you are holding just hang loosely down in your hand, so it looks super casual. Tom, sit next to Glenn, and just lean in and kiss him on the cheek.

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Tone of Directions



I positioned myself on the ground, and shot upwards at the couple. I wanted to give them a ‘hero’ vibe, and make them larger than life and powerful. I also wanted to use the flowers and Glenn holding them downwards as a leading line towards the couple. I shot the image vertically, so that the couple filled the frame, again adding to the feeling of power in the image.

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Compositional Rules

Leading LinesOther


Center FramedLower Angle


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focus on getting Glenn to look directly at the camera, and ‘break the third wall’. This is a powerful tool in cinema, where the subject looks directly at the camera, and breaks the spell of connection between the characters in the story, and directly connects with the viewer. I do this a lot in my images to enhance the connection to the subjects in the scene from the perspective of the viewer.

In terms of technical focus, I used autofocus on aperture priority, with continuous focus.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Multiple Focus Points (Matrix)

Focused on


Equipment &

Sony A7riii
Sony 24mm 1.4 GM
1/125 @ f/1.4 ISO600 WB-5500 Kelvin

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 turned off the overhead lights, and just used the ambient light from a nearby table lamp to the right of the couple. I pointed these lamps at the couple to light them up, although not too directly, as I wanted the image to be slightly dark, soft and filmic.

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Light Type

Artificial Light

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I used a preset From The Daisies, which is a very filmic preset. Very little was changed, and I simply just increased the exposure as it seemed perfect as it was.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC


The space was tight, and the light was far from ideal.

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I crouched down into a small space!

I knew I could adjust the exposure in lightroom and it would perfect.

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Location Name

Frog Flowers

Location aDDRESS

51 Turner St, Manchester M4 1DN

Loation Type



United Kingdom

Think about getting down low and shooting upwards to make people in your images the ‘hero’ in the shot. I find very few people in the wedding industry like shooting bottom up as it can be quite unflattering.The key is to make sure the people are either side on, or are elevating their chins slightly to avoid and unflattering folds on their chin.

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