Victoria & Steve

Photographed by Adrián Vilanova

Story

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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Directions

CalmHolding HandsSitting

Victoria & Steve
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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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“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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Composition

Center FramedLeading LinesWideHigh Angle

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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Go by your instinct in search of intentionality

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Hands Single Shot Autofocus
Victoria & Steve
I focused on the hands coinciding with the central point as they are the main point of attention.
Light & Weather

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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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Equipment & EXIF

1/4000 f/2.8 ISO 100 WB 8700K

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Editing

Software used:

 

Adobe Lightroom

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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This image was edited with

own custom preset

Challenges & Solutions
Victoria & Steve
The biggest challenge was to focus on the moment within a scene with chaos.

Location

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment Spain

Mimar Villa Altea

Partida Montahud, 4, 03590 Altea, Alicante


Final tips & Advice

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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Adrián Vilanova

Photographer Spain Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 35mm f/1.4L II
I’m 35 years old, born in Valencia, Spain. After nine years working as a lab technician in molecular biology, and two years studying at art school, I started to follow my great passion and became a destination and elopement wedding photographer. I take the time to enjoy the small things, and with that gain inspiration for my work. I run away from normality and stay true to my own style and way of thinking. I love to share my passion and vision with my clients and other photographers. I have one life, and I aim to color outside the lines.
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You have to color outside the lines once in a while if you want to make your life a masterpiece. – Albert Einstein (1905-1879)

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