• Artificial Light
  • Bright
  • calm
  • Center Framed
  • Creative
  • Indoor
  • kissing
  • Leading lines
  • Mid range
  • Natural
  • Neon
  • neon Lights
  • symmetry

The story behind the image

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When I got to the venue early in the morning I was almost immediately hooked by the wonderful wall of lights behind the bar. Only at the end of the day, they turned on the lights, and then I really wanted to photograph it. In order to get the shot I had imagined, I did have to ask all the staff to leave the bar for a short moment. I only used the light from the bar wall, and the results were just so cool.

I took this photo directly from the camera using the reflections of a mirrored column off to the right and a mobile phone at the bottom to hide several objects that you can see in the frame above! I hid a Laptop, coffee machine, and fire extinguisher. I really loved this spot, but I also didn’t want to stay too long as the staff had to get back to work. So we did move quite quickly.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

As a rule, I don’t like to direct couples, I try to let things happen as spontaneously as possible. Although in this situation it was an exception as the couple was young and dynamic and we did not have much time, because there was a lot happening at the same time. I asked them to stand in the middle of the bar wall, and then I simply explained what I wanted and they agreed immediately. I had them separated, and then asked them to approach and be close and gentle.

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What did you say?

Hey guys, go to each side and I would like you to walk to each other and meet in the middle. Come closer and embrace each other as if you hadn’t seen each other for a long time. Then look into each other’s eyes and then [groom], I want you to kiss the [bride] on her forehead.

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Tone of Directions



In this place, I knew that the composition would make an impact and the biggest difference would be the illumination of the wall. So I chose to center them and let the lighting and reflections do all the work. I centered the couple to be well lit and tried to play as best as possible with the lines of the lights and reflections of the mirror column on the right side and the mobile phone at the bottom

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

90% of the time I use the viewfinder and single spot focus. That’s what I did here; I simply focused on the point where the heads touched and let the camera lock-on. It’s not always a complicated thing, and in this case, it was very straightforward.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

Couples heads

Equipment &

Canon R
Canon35mm f/1.8 MACRO
1/200 @ f/2.8 ISO2500 WB-4550

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

The only light I used was the light on the wall behind the couple. I tried to get the light to illuminate the whole body of the couple as well as their faces. I didn’t want to use any more light because I wanted the environment to transmit the reality of the place. and I knew that this way I could get the most visual impact possible.

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Light Type

Artificial Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I used my own preset. I adjusted the white balance to my taste and played a bit with the shadows and contrast and exposure. I started in Lightroom and then I did some cleaning, as you can see, in Photoshop. I removed some of the bride’s hair in the reflection in the mirror column and also in the lower-left corner a bit of the laptop that was still insight.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used
Own Presets


The only challenge I found was to really get the best and right reflections as possible. So as not to spoil the frame and also hide all the objects I wanted to hide.

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We have to be cold-blooded and very calm, although it had to be fast we have to keep calm to get the best possible result.

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Location Name

Alferes do Crasto

Location aDDRESS

Rua do Crasto - Vairão

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue



What really allowed me to get this image in a very simple and very photographed place was the fact that I think outside the box and always try to get something different as much as possible. I know that this way of thinking leads me to create impact and get a lot of requests and attention for our work.

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