the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Roxanne and Josh celebrated an intimate Elopement in Santorini. It was the first time, we got the chance to travel to the Cyclades and Santorini blew our mind from the first day on. Even though it can be very busy with tourists in some places, you can still find spots away from the beaten track. These two rented an AirBnB in order to have their own private space. High up on the Caldera, it really had one of the best views of the island. They had their intimate ceremony at the venue as well as the dinner. Before dinner, we went out for some couple photos at sunset. When we came back to their place, it was already dusk and time for a little dance over the roofs of Santorini. Before the dance, the wedding planner mentioned she brought sparkling lights just in case we need them. After the dance we were all just like standing on the roofs, gazing out over the deep blue Aegean Sea while the cruise ships were leaving with a loud honk. The city lights in the back turned on and we all enjoyed this unique moment. Then we got the idea to use the sparkling lights for a few pictures. We thought it would look cool together with the city lights in the back.
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Location Name


Location aDDRESS

Firostefani, Santorini, Greece



Location TYPE




Canon 5D Mark IV




Canon 35mm f/1.4 L

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Tone of Directions


Action of Directions

Cuddling Kissing Sitting


We asked the couple to sit down next to each other on the roof… We asked them to hold the sparklers in front of them but not in front of their faces. Then we asked the couple to kiss.

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What was said

“Guys, would you sit next to each other right here. Once we lighten the sparklers, you just hold them in front of you. Guys, time for a little kiss“

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Why I composed the way I did

The “Sitting Pose“ allows us here, to have the couple surrounded by the white houses with the city lights. We shot from a slightly elevated angle in order to not have the horizon crossing their heads. Also thereby we get a better feeling for the depth. We kept the couple in the center of the frame.

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Compositional Rules

Leading Lines Rule of Thirds

Compositional Framing

Center Framed Wide Full Body


Focus mode

single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

His face

Focus description

Our focus point was on Joshua’s head since he’s got the clearer light from the right side. Both of their heads are almost on the same line so Roxanne would not fall out of focus.

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Shutter Speed






White Balance


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

How the light was used

The light after sunset was absolutely amazing. The sun had set behind our right shoulders from where the couple got slightly illuminated. Place your couple in a way, that their faces still get enough natural light from the direction where the sun had set.

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Type of light

Natural Light Sparklers

Time of Day

Blue Hour

Quality of LIght

Soft Directional



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Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

Blue hour/After light is one of our all-time favorites because it’s super easy to edit :D. The light was super equal here and we only had to use the brush for the brides face a bit. 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 also decided to retouch the burned sparkler on the floor, because when looking at the pic it easily distracted.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

It was a little bit challenging to picture the city lights in the back. Depending on the shutter speed we used, the lights were not visible in some of the pics. The same thing can happen to you with light chains or the typical Christmas lights. It is caused by the frequency of the light and can vary from place to place.

Solutions I found

Once we adjusted our shutter speed, it was not a big deal. We had to experiment a bit to find the right shutter speed to match the frequency of the city lights, but fortunately, it didn’t take too long.


Dusk is the ideal time for the sparklers to be visible in the pictures, plus still having some natural light on the couple.
Take your time to do some experimental shots as well. For example, you could get closer and focus on the sparklers using an open aperture for some pics. It will look beautiful in your gallery. Last but not least, bring something to sit on for your couple so their clothes won’t get dirty.
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Photographed by

Chris & Ruth

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