• afternoon
  • almost kiss
  • Artificial Light
  • Back lit
  • calm
  • celebration
  • Center Framed
  • Close up
  • Creative
  • Fun
  • holding each other
  • intimate
  • Intimate Framing
  • Rim Light
  • Rule of thirds

The story behind the image

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Organizing a wedding can be challenging and stressful. Even more when a pandemic is forcing the couple to move their plans a few times. That’s what happened to this couple. They had to postpone and change their plans, and even after that, they didn’t know if it could be possible for them to get married until a few days before the date.

But they finally did it! And this photo is the last one I took at the end of the day. It tells how happy and relieved they were after months of doubts. So relieved that she felt in the armchair with a long breath after the last guest departure.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

At first, the idea was to get a very posed shot in the armchair, in front of the tropical decor. So I asked the groom to sit in the chair, and I wanted the bride to sit on his side on the armrest. I had the idea of a “Mad Men” style picture. What was not planned is that the bride let herself fall down at the last shot.

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What did you say?

To the groom: can you sit in the chair, face to me, very straight and serious?
To the bride: can you sit on the left armrest, slightly on your side, maybe with your legs crossed?

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During the wedding day, this set up was used as a photo booth background. There were elements and people on the left and right. So I decided to shoot in portrait orientation to keep only the tropical elements in the frame. As at first, the idea was to get a very clean and posed shot, so I wanted the red chair and neon sign to be centered. They are strong elements with bright colors that needed to be seen. Putting them in the middle gives a direction to read the picture from bottom to top, or top to bottom.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I chose to focus on the groom’s face, as he was in the middle of my frame and he was static. I used single point autofocus using the viewfinder.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Grooms face

Equipment &

Sony A9 II
Sony Zeiss 24mm f/1.4
1/125 @ f/f/1.6 ISO1000 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

We were inside a room with a glass roof and no windows on the sides. So my main light source was this super high natural light from the top. The only way to have their faces bright enough was to turn them towards the light.

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Light Type

Artificial Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I increased a little bit the exposure, to add brightness and make their skin “pop” a little more. I pushed the temperature a bit warmer, and desaturated the overall image to not be too vivid. I then moved the curve to get the shadows a bit darker and contrast and finally, I slightly changed the red tones to get a more orange tone that matches with the chair, the wooden wall and the lamp. I like to get no more than 3 different colors in a frame.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Preset Used
Personal Presets


The main challenge was to be ready to capture the unexpected.

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Never take your eye off the camera right after you get your shot. When you’re saying to your subjet “ok we’re done”, there’s often a little extra, an expression, a move, a kiss, that can be interesting to capture.

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Location Name


Location aDDRESS

10 rue desiree, 75020, Paris, France

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue



Always have your camera on and ready to shoot. If your camera has the option, using the LiveView allows being even faster. That is the best way to capture those little things that are unexpected and really cool and natural.

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