Photographed by Chris & Ruth

Story

This photo was taken during a wedding in Mykonos-Greece, where we not only photographed but also filmed the wedding. To be honest, this was a very lucky shot because it was not planned at all. We knew from the schedule that there were fireworks planned around midnight at the beach. The night was pitch-black, no moonlight and there was no artificial lighting around.. no candles, torches, light chains, nothing that could have brightened up the couple. There are a lot of things happening during the fireworks… it’s crowded, you try to capture people’s reactions, you capture the fireworks in the sky and of course, you need to find the couple somewhere in the dark. Once you’ve found them you have a few different options to photograph them. You could use the light from the fireworks and shoot from the front so you see their faces. Or you use a flash in order to capture them together with the fireworks.. that’s what Ruth was doing… So Ruth was photographing and I (Chris) was filming the fireworks using a LED light on top of my camera. I found myself standing behind the couple filming and I was like damn this looks awesome on the screen.. then I was looking around searching for Ruth but couldn’t see her anywhere. There was a little fight inside me but I switched the button to the photo function and at that moment they kissed! That means the kiss is not on video, but on photo – glad you like it :)
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Composition

Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedLow Angle

Once you have this shot, make sure you’ll also get some shots in portrait! We always try to shoot every situation in landscape as well as portrait.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Brides face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Artificial LightFront LitNight

Equipment & EXIF

1/100 f/1.8 ISO 6400 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Flash / External Light

LED Video-Light

Flash / External Light Setup

We used an LED-Videolight that we had with us to help light the couple. We simply had it on our camera facing towards the couple with the power set to something that wasn’t too overpowering.

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Light / Flash

LED Video Light

Light / Flash Mode

N/a

Light / Flash Power

Half

Modifier

None

Position

On Camera

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic CxR Preset

This image was edited with

CxR Preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Hotel Greece

The Wild Hotel by Interni

The Wild Hotel by Interni, Mykonos 846 00, Greece

Final tips & Advice

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Chris & Ruth

Photographer Spain Canon 5DMk4 Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
Hey y’all, good to have you here! We are a husband and wife photographer team focused on wedding photography. The last few years have been an incredible ride and we were able to travel all around the globe doing what we love the most – shooting weddings! We found our happy place on the Balearic Island Mallorca where we restored an old house. There are so many good stories and experiences we’ve made and we’re happy to share some of them with you over here! Cheers Chris and Ruth
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