alvaro sancha
  • almost kiss
  • calm
  • Center Framed
  • Close up
  • giggling
  • Indoor
  • intimate
  • Intimate Framing
  • Laughing
  • Natural
  • Natural Light
  • Smiling
  • Soft Light
  • Unposed
  • Window Light

The story behind the image

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This was a Photograph of Raquel and Kelvin during an intimate couple session at home that I did during the month of April, after a distance between them due to covid, we decided that the best way to create a memory was to have a beautiful couple session. Precious moments were everywhere and I loved being a part of this. Sometimes just a simple couple shoot can be the best thing.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I normally don’t like to intervene in my photography but rather let the moments happen organically. The love between the couple needs to flow in order to capture these deeply romantic moments. In this case, I simply asked them to move as close as possible without kissing. To get to that point where they’re almost about to touch their lips. I kept my directions calm so I didn’t disturb them and that my presence wasn’t even felt.

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What did you say?

Guys, get as close as possible – like you are about to kiss. But don’t. Don’t kiss each other, just get close and feel in the moment. Feel each other. Feel the presence.

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Tone of Directions


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The composition of this image is a great close-up of the couple, in their most emotional moment of the session. First of all, I chose to use a 35mm as it is my favorite lens and the one that makes me move, zoom out and get closer to people. I chose to shoot in landscape orientation as I think that is how the human eye visualizes the world. At that moment it was the moment that I was living in a horizontal way so that I could distribute one of their heads to the left of the frame, another head to the right and in the center the main point that united them, their lips.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I took in the beautiful and emotional moment that was happening and I focused on the area of the lips which to me me was the most important thing and expressed the emotion of the couple.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on


Equipment &

canon R6
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II
1/400 @ f/2,8 ISO400 WB-6500

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 magic of this photograph is its emotion and the light. At that time there was the light that entered through a large window and illuminated the room in a beautiful way. On the other hand, the tones of the room helped a lot to the result of the image. Since the room was quite bright, the light bounced around the room creating a really beautiful, soft light. The room almost became like a big soft-box.

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Light Type

Natural Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I work with my own presets in Lightroom where I played with exposure and shadows. Also the curves, the tones, the luminosity. There was a very good light in the image and it was clear in my head what exactly I wanted and needed to do; which fortunately weren’t too much. Some images are just much easier to edit than others. I also used Alien Skin Exposure to add a Kodiak Gold filter to my own Lr edit and adjustments such as focus, grain, color tones in highlights. Lastly, I added a touch of focus through Photoshop.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Preset Used
Own Preset


The biggest challenge was the change in light in the house. It kept changing based on the outside weather and that changed tones, moods and feelings.

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We decided to change the locations to take the photos and redesign the spaces. We even changed the type of session we wanted to do. Each session is a great challenge for a creative and we have to prove ourselves to be creative people. Even if you change your mind, something much better can turn out.

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Location Name

Private Home

Location aDDRESS

Valladolid, Spain

Loation Type

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment



It is important to plan the session as much as you can, but it is also very important to be able to leave something to improvisation. This evaluates us as photographers because we have to have the ability to create when everything is not in our favor. It is important to always test ourselves, that each session can be a great challenge. In this session, it was planned to do it in a room and a living room, but finally, the light and the moment made everything change, creating a different but beautiful result at the same time.

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