Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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This photoshoot was the first shoot we did after quarantine. Most of the weddings for 2020 got postponed or canceled and we were super keen to create something beautiful again. When Galia Lahav asked us if we could imagine using one of their dresses for upcoming projects we were not quite sure if their style would fit ours until we saw this amazing gown! Actually, we had to convince them to send over this dress since it is very edgy and therefore probably not a big seller. However, we were like – this one or nothing. When Maria (the bride) was wearing it we were all blown away! Whenever we do creative projects we always want to try out something new. We want to inspire others, improve our skills, and raise the bar a bit higher. This photoshoot is very “Fashion“ inspired and that’s why the dress was such a big thing for us. As for the posing we also wanted it very unconventional and we took many inspirations from Fashion photography. One of our main inspiration was an old Mango campaign.
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Location

Location Name

Platja de Muro

Location aDDRESS

Platja de Muro, Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Spain

Country

Spain

Location TYPE

Beach / Coastal

Equipment

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Flash

none

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Calm Posed Sitting Lying Down

Description

First, we asked Reece to lay down in the grass.. after that we put Maria in front and slightly below him. We told Maria to lean back and lay down her head on Reece’s chest. We asked Maria to bring up her arm and lay her head back into her puffy sleeves and to close her eyes. We asked Reece to turn his head towards Maria and to smell her hair.

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What was said

“Maria could you lay your head back down into the puffy sleeves as if it was a pillow. Now Reece turn your head towards Maria and sniff on her hair.“

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

We chose a dune with nice grass and a clean background. The body centers of our couple are exactly in the middle of the frame. We took the picture in a standing position in order to achieve kind of a top view. We didn’t want a horizon in the frame.. we wanted the couple to be surrounded by the dunes.

The 35mm lens allowed us to picture the couple full body and together with the top view it created a special dynamic in the picture.

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Tags

Center Framed Middle Thirds High Angle Full Body

Focus

Focus mode

single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

Her Face

Focus description

Our focus point was on Maria’s head since she’s in the center of the image and slightly in front. Both of their heads are almost on the same line so Reece would not fall out of focus even though using an aperture of 1.8. We used live-view mode.

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Shutter Speed

1/320

Aperture

f/1.8

ISO

160

White Balance

Auto

Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &
Exposure

How the light was used

We’ve had an overcast sky at this moment so the light was kind of soft and flat. The sun was slightly behind us so we had the couple illuminated from the front.

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Tags

Soft Light Natural Light Cloudy

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

Since the light was equal due to cloudy sky, we didn’t need a lot of adjustments. We used our CxR Preset to give the pic the color look we love. We increased the whites to create a bit more contrast.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

“Laying poses“is always quite challenging! Not every pose looks good with everyone… If the couple does not feel comfortable the pose can look very stiff. Also, it was a challenge for us to find the right angle.

Solutions I found

We took the time to find the right pose.. don’t get nervous or give your couple the feeling something is wrong. Try out different angles and lenses until you’re happy with the result. If it’s still not working out, don’t try to force it.. just try something else.

Advice

Choose different sources of inspiration to keep improving your skills and to protect yourself from running in circles. Don’t get your inspiration just from wedding photography. Also, this will help to develop your own unique style. Don’t be scared to break with conventions! Everything is allowed!
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Photographed by

Chris & Ruth

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