• Bed
  • calm
  • Center Framed
  • Directional Light
  • Hand movements
  • Indoor
  • lying down
  • Mid range
  • Middle Thirds
  • Movement
  • Natural Light
  • Playful
  • Playing with Hands
  • Soft Light
  • Warm
  • Window Light

The story behind the image

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It is important for me to capture not only the ceremony but also a more complete story of the couple. So when I have a couple saying their ceremony will be in the afternoon, and they’ll be together in the morning, having breakfast in their room, this is a part of their story I like to include. I always ask about their personalities, what they like… And if I can manage to get the best of these photos by putting some ideas, I do it! This is the case with this couple. The idea behind was to get a 70s mood, so we paid attention to every detail.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

As the bedhead is against the wall I asked them to turn their bodies on the opposite side. I wanted the mood to be intimate and slow, so I asked them to gently play with their hands.

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What did you say?

Can you put your hands up in the light and play slowly with your hands?

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Tone of Directions



There is a natural vertical line that made me choose to shoot portrait. With the tall bedhead, their arms up, and their hair falling down, the eyes naturally read the pose vertically. Also, framing their faces almost in the middle gives a nice opposition between their hands in the light and their dark hair in the shadow.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I went down on my knees to be almost on the same level as them. No to low because I still wanted to see their eyes. Using the viewfinder, I focused on the groom’s face as he was easier to catch.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Hands

Equipment &

Sony A9 II
Sony Zeiss 35mm f/1.4
1/200 @ f/f/1.4 ISO1250 WB-Auto

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

There was no natural light in the room, only bedside lamps, and a spotlight on the right. The spotlight was tilted upwards slightly so the hands were more in the light. It also created softer shadows on the faces. Also, the white ceiling was a perfect diffuser to still have enough light while keeping it intimate.

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Light Type

Natural Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I applied my base preset and did 3 things: Desaturate the oranges a bit, pushed up the shadows, and added some grain.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Preset Used
Own personal Presets


I’m 90% of the time shooting with natural light. Being able to manage and play with artificial light only was a big deal.

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I made some tests, moving the light until the result was actually looking pretty good. It was all about trying and changing little things at a time.

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Location Name

Domaine de Cap'Bat

Location aDDRESS

290 Avenue de la Chalosse, 40090 Saint-Perdon, France

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue



If you have the time, feel free to try something new, shoot, and try again until you’re happy with the result. Going out of your comfort zone can be stressful, but stay calm and communicate with your couple on what you’re doing. The satisfaction at the end is can be even better than if you played it safe.

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