Victoria & Steve
  • calm
  • Center Framed
  • Directional Light
  • Harsh Light
  • High Angle
  • holding hands
  • Indoor
  • Leading lines
  • Natural Light
  • Sitting
  • Sitting Down
  • Wide
  • Window Light

The story behind the image

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Victoria & Steve came from the UK to celebrate a very intimate religious wedding in Altea, Spain where Victoria had been raised since childhood. After the beautiful ceremony they had outdoors (in the same private estate where they were staying), we took some photos of the couple alone. This is one of the last pictures I made of them.

The day before the ceremony I met with the couple and I was able to calmly see the place and think of an extra shot with an unusual angle. This small living room has a glass ceiling and from the upstairs terrace, you can see inside. I love shooting through the glass where reflections often appear. Shooting from the other side of the window helps the couple to be completely isolated and focused on themselves.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

After taking some relaxed photos, I proposed to take them inside the room. In this case, the directions were prior to the shot since it was difficult to communicate with them from the terrace with the glass and the height that separated us. I also wanted them to be completely isolated with minimal distractions. I always like to give prior directions, even before the wedding and leave room for some improvisation. In this case, I gave them several suggestions, one of them was that they could hold hands to show their affection.

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What did you say?

Let’s have you guys just enjoy a quiet moment together at the table, and even hold your hands. Show each other a bit of affection and really enjoy being with each other.

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Tone of Directions


Victoria & Steve


From the perspective of an outside observer, I chose this perspective to subtly relativize their role, contextualizing them and making them understand this intimate moment, focusing attention on the moment itself. Looking for the lines that were constantly directed towards the two of them, forming a kind of unfinished symmetry that was compensated by the objects, the shadows, and the reflections on the glass.

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Compositional Rules

Leading Lines


Center FramedWideHigher Angle


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focused on the hands coinciding with the central point as they are the main point of attention.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Hands

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II
1/4000 @ f/2.8 ISO100 WB-8700K

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

It was a completely sunny day, with a very harsh light. I used the light to my advantage to enhance the moment and draw attention to the scene. The light was coming from a window off to the left of the frame but also a bit from the ceiling.

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Light Type

Natural LightWindow Lighting

Light Quality

Directional,Front Lit

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I applied my preset and made a basic adjustment of white balance and light, adding a bit of warmth. Then apply lens corrections to it and lastly use the brush subtly to remove a bit of focus on the lemons.

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Editing Software
Preset Used
own custom preset


The biggest challenge was to focus on the moment within a scene with chaos.

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I found the best place of the table where they were going to be and shoot from the left corner of the room where the lines, shadows, and reflections created the perfect frame.

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Location Name

Mimar Villa Altea

Location aDDRESS

Partida Montahud, 4, 03590 Altea, Alicante

Loation Type

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment



Look for another type of angle than what you are normally used to. Each location is different, with different types of lighting, and therefore has different possibilities to use in our favor.

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