dramatic churh wedding light beam dan jenson photography

Photographed by Dan Jenson


This photo was taken after a long traditional Latin Mass Ceremony in a church in Austria. The ceremony itself was a very special experience and the couple was one of the most interesting couples I have ever worked with. Due to the amount of incense during the long ceremony, a big light beam appeared in the back of the church. We changed the original plan and decided to take a couple of portraits in the church right after the ceremony to use the dramatic light. When this couple booked they told me that their wedding is going to be very special and they also wish their photos to be. I knew they are going to love some dramatic images, so I asked them to stay for 15 minutes before we head to their reception.
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CalmHolding Each otherNaturalDancing

dramatic churh wedding light beam dan jenson photography
“”Can you go up and try to position with your heads in the light beam facing each other?” then “Just stay there and enjoy the quiet moment together while I check the scene from the distance and take some test shots!””
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Rule of ThirdsLeading LinesWideOff Center

If you find lines, see if you could use them to lead the viewer’s eyes to your subject. Too many things happening in your image can distract from the subject. If you can´t hide distractions you can try to eliminate them by putting them out of focus or into the dark (or the subject into light). Using symmetry also helps to draw attention to your subject and can add to a dramatic mood.


Single Point Focused on the couples heads Manual Focus
dramatic churh wedding light beam dan jenson photography
Light & Weather

Harsh LightDarkMoodyWindow LightNatural LightIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/640 f/4 ISO 2000 WB Auto


Sony A7 III


Walimex Pro 24 mm 1:3.5 CSC Tilt-Shift


Adobe Lightroom Classic Dan Jenson Base

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dramatic churh wedding light beam dan jenson photography


Church Austria

Alte Pfarrkirche Götzis

Dr.-Alfons-Heinzle-Straße 36, 6840 Götzis

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Dan Jenson

Photographer Austria Sony A7 III Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8
Hi, I am Daniel. I live in the beautiful mountains of Austria. After photographing film for many years I was pretty late to the wedding game but immediately fell in love with it. I am capturing mainly local weddings and elopements to be able to spend as much time as possible with my lovely family and see my kids growing up. I love to connect with my couples and try to find and capture their deep connection and their story in a true and authentic way.
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„There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in“ – Leonard Cohen

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