Photographed by Danny Cuevas

Story

At weddings sometimes time gets out of control. This time the ceremony lasted longer than scheduled and the sunlight disappeared. When I started the photo session with the couple, I only had approximately 15 minutes because the reception was about to begin. This delay meant that I had to react much faster than usual and come up with ideas in a very short time. Without an interesting ambient light and the darkness around, it only remained to leave everything in the hands of a good flash and creativity.

After taking several photos with the couple, I decided to give the bride and her dress a bit of prominence. I quickly explored the location and found a door with the interior illuminated by the light of a lamp. The bride’s dress was very large which made it difficult for her to move, there were two people helping her with her dresses, and thanks to that we were able to get to the point where I could take her picture.

Without much time to try out ideas, I had to come up with something. All we had was a big dress, a flash with a wide softbox, and a few little mood lights that could make a good contrast. The challenge was in front of me, with a clear goal: to achieve an epic image for this bride in a very short time.

The main fear was not achieving what my mind imagined, I had the help of my assistant, but the place was uncomfortable and not easy to work in either. I could not communicate due to the distance between the bride, my assistant and me, giving instructions loudly and shouting, while shooting; the light could not be at the point I wanted and suddenly there was a moment of synchronization of everyone, the girlfriend, the lighting assistant and I as a photographer knew that that shot had been achieved as I wanted.

The lesson that this shot leaves me was the importance of having quick decision-making when time is short. To have more confidence it is necessary to be prepared not only creatively but technically, practicing with the flash and your camera before the wedding helps to solve situations related to the management of light.

It is always possible to improve a photograph, in this case, cropping a bit more would help, greater development of the person being portrayed and paying attention to more details.
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Directions

EnergeticPlayfulDancingMovement

“Very good Alondra, we start with that movement of the hands, bring your hand to your face and your forehead, and with the other try to give movement to your dress, do not stop doing it, I will keep shooting, it’s great! Remember to feel the moment, I want to see how you express that with your face, excellent !!!!!”
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Composition

Center FramedSymmetryNatural Frames

Focusing

Single Point Focused on Bride’s face Continuous Autofocus
Light & Weather

Artificial LightFlashIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/160 f/5.0 ISO 800 WB Auto

Camera

Nikon d750

Lens

Sigma Art 35 mm f/1.4

Flash / External Light

Godox AD 400 Pro

Flash / External Light Setup

Using only one flash, with the minimum power, the diffuser allowed the light to be even softer. The direction of the light came from the right side of the photo. With the help of a light assistant, I managed to make the flash higher and fall on the bride at about 45 degrees, this would help me illuminate as if it were a window at the top. Using the light in this direction allowed me to give more volume to her dress and bring out more details.

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Light / Flash

Godox AD 400 pro

Light / Flash Mode

Manual

Light / Flash Power

1/128

Modifier

Octabox Speedlit 110 cm

Position

To the side and from a high angle.

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic MPLVT Personal Preset

This image was edited with

MPLVT Personal Preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Corridor Mexico

Family farmhouse

Carretera Chihuahua-Delicias

Final tips & Advice

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Danny Cuevas

Photographer Mexico Nikon d750 24 mm, 35 mm, 85 mm
I am a happy photographer, I live every day enjoying every moment. Father, son and good friend. Lover of coffee, mezcal, and exploring nature. Hiking and mountain lover
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“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” -Ansel Adams

Designed with love by Katharina + Katharina & Shayne Thomas. Background image by Adrián Vilanova

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