• Back lit
  • calm
  • Center Framed
  • Field
  • full body
  • kissing
  • Natural Light
  • Playful
  • Rim Light
  • Sun flare
  • Sunset
  • Trees
  • Wide

The story behind the image

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This photo was taken at Leann and Davids’s wedding in Mallorca. These guys got married at a beautiful rustic Finca in the middle of the island. When it comes to the couple session on the wedding day, we are not the kind of photographers who take away the couple from the party for hours. We believe the couple should spend as much time as possible with their families and friends. Therefore we always stay close to the wedding venue for photos. We usually take 20 – 30 minutes of couple-photos before dinner when all the guests move to the reception area. Then we ask for another 10 minutes of photos during sunset. This second session usually happens during the courses and it’s not a big deal for the couple to sneak away for some pics in the golden light. Good light is our main priority. It is more important to us than an epic view. Also, we would rather shoot 10 minutes in good light than an hour in bad lighting conditions. So for this image, we were constantly checking the light behind the house and once we thought it was time to shoot we asked the couple to join us. Worth it.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We asked the couple to face each other and to hold hands in the middle. Then we asked them to pull slowly towards each other. We asked David to kiss Leanns side head in the moment they would meet in the middle.

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What did you say?

“Guys can you hold hands in the middle and then pull towards each other till you meet in the middle. David give her a kiss on the sidehead.“

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Tone of Directions



We kept the couple in the center of the image. We took the picture in portrait in order to have the frame cleaner and focused. The olive tree is right behind the couple and creates a kind of symmetry. Also, we see parts of the venue in the back where the rest of the wedding party has dinner.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Our focus point was on Leann’s right eye. Leann’s head is turned towards us and therefore a little bit more in front. Also, her expression is the focus of the image.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

Her Face

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 50mm f/1.2L
1/250 @ f/1.8 ISO160 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 sun was setting slightly left behind the couple. The light is a little bit broken by the tree as well as the house. That means we got a nice backlight which was not too strong. Our couple was beautifully illuminated. We did not shoot directly into the backlight, but chose the tree as a darker contrast in the back. That helps to make the couple stand out from the background.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

Backlight is one of our favorites to edit, as long as the faces of the couples aren’t too dark. In this case, we used our CxR Preset to give the pic the color look we love. We increased the whites to create a bit more contrast. We then used the brush tool to brighten up the couple and to create deeper colors around the couple.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


The challenge is to get your couple away between the courses to catch the last sun rays in time.

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Talk to your couple beforehand to tell them how important the golden light would be for their couple pictures. Show them example pics of your work so they understand, they can not get these results if you’d do the pictures in the afternoon.

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Location Name

Finca Alaiar, Mallorca, Spain

Location aDDRESS

Finca Alaiar, Mallorca, Spain

Loation Type

Garden / Field



For the couple session on the wedding day, choose a spot close to the venue. The couple will be much more relaxed knowing they don’t lose a lot of time driving around for photos. The couple should enjoy their day together with their guests. Remember: Good light is more important than a fancy location.

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