• Brick wall
  • Leading lines
  • streak of light
  • Still
  • Staged
  • Natural Light
  • Moody
  • lower thirds
  • Light Beam
  • Indoors
  • Center Framed
  • Harsh Light
  • hand in front of eyes
  • Directional Light
  • Dark
  • creative light
  • Cool
  • Contemporary
  • Closed Eyes
  • Window Light

The story behind the image

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This image was taken during a pre-wedding couple session, where we were in a house and our proposal was to make a more intimate rehearsal of the couple-shoot, indoors, using common environments such as the living room, bedroom, kitchen. During the session, I noticed a light coming through a small window in the part of the room so I decided to explore this light to get a slightly more dramatic effect in the image.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I asked the couple to place themselves in two planes, one in front of the other, but not covering each other, and I asked them to allow the light to hit their faces in order to capture the image I had envisioned. The groom was bothered by the light hitting his eye and it was then that I came up with the idea of composing the image asking him to cover his face with one of his hands, hiding only the eye where the light was hitting.

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What did you say?

Carla get closer to the wall and feel the light hitting your face, relax your expression, close your eyes and feel the light. Andre, stand a little forward but also try to feel the light hitting your face, now with your left hand cover the eye where the light is hitting and relax.

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Tone of Directions



For this image, my priority was the play between shadow and light, trying to use the line created by the light to give the desired impact to the image. For the composition, I chose to center the image, placing the couple right in the center, leaving a large breather on top of the image in order to give a feeling of greater scale. The line of light also forms part of the composition as it leads the viewers straight to the faces of the couple.

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Lower Thirds


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

To focus on this image, I didn’t want to shoot with a wide-open aperture knowing the risk that the groom may fall out of focus. So, I made sure to set the appropriate aperture setting & focused on the bride.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

bride's face

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm F/ 1.2 L
1/4000 @ f/5.0 ISO800 WB-Auto

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

For this image, I noticed that from a small window in the room, a very strong light came in, and formed a well-defined line near the wall. I tried to place this light on the side so that it would illuminate the couple’s face to make the image feel dimensional as it created highlights and shadows on the faces of my subjects. I had this creative idea of just lighting their faces in this light beam, and so I positioned them so that the light only lit their heads.

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Light Type

Natural Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

For this photo, after applying my preset, I tried to emphasize the shadows giving a little more contrast. I used a graduated filter, darkening the shadows on the top and bottom of the image even more.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used
Personal Presets


The biggest difficulty in this image was to be able to fit the couple exactly in the beam of light that came through the window so that I would only illuminate what I wanted to show, leaving the rest of the image darker.

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For that, the direction was fundamental. Besides, it helped to repeate the scene a few times in order to get the best framing until everything was perfectly fitted in the position I liked.

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Location Name

Casa dos noivos

Location aDDRESS

Condominios do Jardim botanico Brasilia - Brazil

Loation Type




I would like to share that it is worth spending time thinking about and planning an image which you envisioned and really believe in. For this image, we spent some time until it was as we would like and in the end it was worth it.

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