Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Ale & Sam have a super nice intimate relationship, they are open to others to capture them in the most natural way, they feel comfortable and make you feel comfortable. We shot this session at a beautiful Airbnb that would match the vibe I was going for, which mainly was organic and with nice, natural light.

We began the session chatting about life and shot some photos with them in casual outfits which they gradually took off. And that’s what I was more looking forward to because I knew they were comfortable with their nudity in front of photographers and I wanted to capture a couple in a very vulnerable and raw way. And finding a real couple that would help me transmit this feeling 100% comfortable, doesn’t happen every day.
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Location

Location Name

Tulum

Location aDDRESS

Airbnb in Tulum

Country

Mexico

Location TYPE

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment

Equipment

Camera

sony a7 iii

Flash

None

Lens

Sigma 35mm f/1.4

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 Intimate Sitting

Description

As they took most of their clothes off, I asked them to sit on the floor tangle their legs and arms. I wanted to show mostly skin, not identities defined by clothes or even facial expressions. I wanted a feeling of them melting with each other as much as possible.

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What was said

Let’s have you guys sit on the floor and tangle yourselves. Get your legs over each other and cuddle in. Even hiding your selves. Imagine you are melting into one another.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

If you follow my work or other posts here, you know, I love centering the couple, I love giving them protagonism while at the same time leaving space for their surroundings. In this case, once again, I wanted that symmetrical look, I wanted them to feel as one rather than two separate stories.

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Tags

Rule of Thirds Center Framed Wide

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

arms

Focus description

I definitely centered the focus in the middle. I didn’t care so much about a specific spot, as I knew that as long as the focus was on them, that was all I needed.

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Shutter Speed

100

Aperture

f/1.6

ISO

100

White Balance

Auto

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

How the light was used

We had the available natural sunlight from the only window, which was on the left of the image. I positioned myself and the couple in such a way that the light was coming from the side since I wanted to create dimensions with the highlights and shadows. This not only adds a bit more drama to the feel of the image, but it makes it feel a bit more alive.

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Tags

Soft Light Directional Light Window Light Natural Light Indoor

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used
Preset Used

Own settings

How I edited this image

During the editing, I wanted to keep the photo natural and balanced. But definitely had to bring up warmth to it, I added grain and pulled down the highlights. I used my own custom preset and after getting the warmth right, I adjusted the usual exposure settings to get the overall tones I wanted. Sometimes and image doesn’t need much editing.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

Fortunately, I didn’t have any challenges with this shot. Everything worked out just fine.

Solutions I found

Non required.

Advice

The only thing I would have done differently here was to have their underwear removed before this shot, but that wasn’t the case, and if I’ve tried to re-do the photo afterward maybe it wouldn’t have looked the same. However, I believe it doesn’t disturb me a lot and I love the image just as it is.

I think I will definitely try this pose with another couple because I love how intimate and vulnerable it feels. I know it will always look a little different with different people, different backgrounds, light, etc.
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Photographed by

Conie Suarez Bravo

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