• Artificial Light
  • natural frames
  • String Lights
  • standing apart
  • Serious
  • Posed
  • Outdoor
  • night
  • Looking into the camera
  • Barn
  • Leading lines
  • Lanterns
  • full body
  • Dark
  • Creative
  • Center Framed
  • calm
  • symmetry

The story behind the image

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This image was taken during one of our all-time favorite Styled Shoots. Back then we used to live in Munich, Germany. We got the idea for this shoot when we accidentally passed by a camel farm in Bavaria! Did you guys know there were camels in Germany? Us neither!

This immediately leads to the idea of a Moroccan themed wedding shoot. We told all our favorite wedding vendors about the idea and they were in! Then we went to all the flea markets in order to buy old rugs. We organized this amazing dress which is a real Boho dream. The beautiful couple (which was not a couple) but damn, they look good together! Of course, we organized 2 camels for pictures as well. We wanted to create a whole story – from the ceremony till the first dance, with a couple of sessions at sunset plus two camels. A lot of organizations as you can imagine. We’ve found a date, found a beautiful place for the ceremony and the couple shoot, but where should we do the first dance? When we went home from location scouting we again, accidentally passed an old barn. We went to the farm to ask the owner if it was okay if we set up a light installation at his old barn door to take photos. He was obviously confused about us but offered us to use his plugs for the lights. The setup turned out so beautiful that we thought we should do a cool shot, just standing under the light chains before dancing.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We asked the couple to stand exactly in the middle of the barn door. We asked them to hold hands in the middle and to look into our camera. We told Jenny to let the bouquet just hang.

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What did you say?

“Guys, get in the middle of the door, right under the light chains. Would you get next to each other and hold hands in the middle. Leave a little gap between you. Now look in the camera.. like a cool look – don’t smile for this one.”

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Tone of Directions



We kept the couple in the middle of the frame holding hands under the light chains and the antler. Their hands should be exactly in the center. The composition is very symmetric and we have the light chains as leading lines pointing to the center.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Our focus point was on Jenny’s head. Both of their heads are on the same line so Benny would not fall out of focus.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Brides face

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L
1/200 @ f/1.8 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

The only light source we had were the light chains. Due to the fact that it was completely dark around us, the lighting was super clear and there was no strange mix of artificial and natural light. Also we used dimmer on every single light chain to create the perfect image.

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Light Type

Artificial Light

Time of day


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

Since the light was amazing due to the clean artificial light that surrounded the couple, 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 and made sure that the blacks don’t get too dark.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


In this image the main challenge was not to finally press the shutter. There’s so much more besides the actual photography, that makes this image special.. To find the ideal spot and to set up everything in time, was the real challenge.

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The location found was pure luck! As for the setup, we’ve had an amazing team gathered around us to set everything up while we were taking pictures with the camels.

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Location Name

Valley, Bavaria, Germany

Location aDDRESS

83626 Valley, Deutschland

Loation Type




Whenever you plan a creative project, make sure to connect with vendors who share the same vision. It’s important to be on the same page in order to achieve the results you have imagined.
Invest time in location scouting, planning, and preparing. The pics will only be as good as your preparation.

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