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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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How did you direct your subject(s)?

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.

What did you say?

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.

How did you compose your image?

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.

How and what did you focus on?

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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How did you use the light in your image?

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.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Sony A7 III

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

100

Aperture

f/1.6

ISO

100

White Balance

Auto

How did you edit your image & what did you use?

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.

Software Used

Preset

Own settings

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What challenges did you face?

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

How did you solve them?

Non required.

Can you share any last thoughts or 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.

Conie Suarez Bravo

Shooting since

2010

Current Home

Mexico

Website

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Hi! I’m Conie, I’m a lover of visual arts and an admirer of handcrafted things. Traveling and nature are my favorite things in life, it’s where I find peace and recharge. I love observing people from new cities interacting in the mundanity. And I enjoy quiet moments at home a lot too. Photography has been a part of my life since little and I jumped into it since I had the capacity to choose how to express myself in life and in the artistic world, I’m passionate about documenting little parts of life, reflecting on what I saw or felt, for the future me to be able to remember and revive. Being able to document people’s love stories it’s a beautiful thing I get to do for a living.

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