• Almost kissing
  • Backlit
  • broken rules
  • calm
  • Cinematic
  • Close up
  • Directional Light
  • Indoor
  • intimate
  • lying down
  • Quiet
  • Rim Light
  • smoke
  • Window Light

The story behind the image

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Kasia and Edgar are both dancers that I had the pleasure of capturing in April of this year at a workshop set up by the wonderful Emily Joan Photography. The setting of the dance studio gave us the perfect backdrop to document their effortless connection, letting music and movement be the focus as we captured them throughout the day. It felt like something straight out of Dirty Dancing, which is my favourite movie so you know I was truly in my element
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I suggested Kasia lay down on the piano and had Edgar come to the edge of the piano where her head was and lean into her. I encouraged them to get in close to each other, almost but not quite touching, and run their hands through each others hair

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What did you say?

Ok Kasia can you lie down on the piano for me? Edgar, I’d love you to be standing at the side so you can lean over her. Get in nice and close, ruffle each others hair and sink in so your faces are almost but not quite touching

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Tone of Directions

Calm, Normal


I used central composition as I thought that would make the most impact with this image. I loved the drama of the harsh shadows on the piano below them and bright light streaming through the window with the two of them meeting in the centre of the photo, capturing the perfect mixture of light. I was slightly off-centre to their right when taking the photo and I think it enhances the depth to the photo as I’m shooting ever so slightly over Kasias arm

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I kept the focus on their faces where their features were almost touching, I wanted to focus on the most intimate part of the image with the low aperture to make it feel as emotive as possible

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

Their face

Equipment &

Sony A7iii
sony 85mm
1/800 @ f/2.2 ISO500 WB-6300

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

The piano Kasia is laying on was positioned in front of the window, it was a bright sunny day and we had ample natural light through the big windows. I relied heavily on them being backlit by the window to illuminate their faces and embraced the natural shadow that was on their faces from the direction I was shooting. I stood directly in front of them with the window to their back, the light was harsh but it was so atmospheric

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Light Type

Natural LightWindow Lighting

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

Whenever I’m editing I try not to fight the light I’m in, I kept the blacks raised and deepened my shadows to maintain that contrast from the bright light behind them whilst still keeping the image dreamy and soft. I wanted an ethereal feel to it so played heavily with the clarity to make the most of that beautiful haze

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Editing Software
Preset Used
Custom Preset


The light was very bright so I had to balance keeping them exposed in the highlights whilst not letting the shadows overtake the image

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I exposed for the highlights and brought the blacks up slightly in my edit to soften the image

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Location Name


Location aDDRESS

Yorkshire Dance 3 St Peter’s Buildings St Peter’s Square Leeds LS9 8AH

Loation Type

Dance studio



Focus on the connection between your subjects, let that carry the image and be the focus. You don’t need any other bells or wheels when the emotion between them is this raw and true. Let the harsh light enhance the image and work with it, rather than fight it

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