Photographed by Andrea Verenini

Story

This photograph was taken in St Giles, a luxurious yet quirky period property on the south coast of the UK. The staircase of the property offered some interesting lighting, colours, and perspectives and I knew I wanted it as a feature for an environmental bridal portrait that would encapsulate the essence of the place.

In a nutshell, my personal photographic style revolves around the pursuit of capturing emotion through the dramatic use and juxtaposition of light and shadow, and the staircase at St Giles offered an abundance of raw moodiness to play with. It’s a relatively simple image, but one that encapsulates my style and I hope that by stepping behind the image with me, you will be inspired to play with light and shadows in a more cinematic way in your photography as well. So, without further ado, welcome to the dark side!
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Directions

CalmNaturalWalking

“Beautiful! Now, look up into the skylight for me.”
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Composition

Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedLeading LinesFull BodyNatural Frames

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The bride’s face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Artificial LightDarkMoodyIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/60 f/1.4 ISO 400 WB Auto

Camera

Canon R6

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic Own personal preset

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Own personal preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Period Property United Kingdom

St Giles House

St Giles House, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5NA

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Andrea Verenini

Photographer United Kingdom Canon R6 50mm f1.2
Hey everyone, my name is Andrea. I’m a Wedding and Fashion Photographer. Italian. Based in the UK but working worldwide. I am easy going, my images may be dramatic but I definitely am not! In 2021 I was the recipient of the highly coveted Rangefinder ‘Rf30 Rising Star’ Award which was a dream come true (and it still feels like a dream). I am on a never ending searching for unique couples to frame in breathtaking light and stunning scenery around the world. I would love to tell you photography was always my passion since an early age, but it would not be true. I came to photography slowly and in my late 20s. In my previous life I was an Architect and later a Design and Architecture Editor for a small online magazine. My useless possession is a PhD in Urban Regeneration which is currently used as a doorstop… and a pretty lousy one at that. My only regret? Probably not finding photography sooner but then again, better late than never! When not travelling and working, I can be found obsessing over the latest crime-docuseries next to a Margherita pizza and a good Old Fashioned on the rocks. Aside from shooting for clients, my other passion is transmitting my endless love for photography through education and mentorships to the next generation of shooters.
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Designed with love by Katharina + Katharina & Shayne Thomas. Background image by Adrián Vilanova

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