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I was inspired to create this image after knowing that the night represented Renato (Boyfriend) and the day Johana (Girlfriend), so I wanted to create something very special for them, an image that can transcend time and represents who they are.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I just wanted them to look at each other and that in their eyes they can express all the love they feel for each other

What did you say?

ok guys, let’s stare at each other, I want your eyes to express all the love you feel, the protection and the happiness of getting married today.

How did you compose your image?

I wanted this composition to include all the little elements which would show where the wedding was being held, the weather condititons and how the couple felt. To achieve this, I made sure I shot wide to allow my concept of splitting the image in night & day to be balanced with enough room for include all these little elements.

How and what did you focus on?

I focused on the center, precisely on the bride and groom with my autofocus mode. It was very simple, even during the night portion of the shoot.


How did you use the light in your image?

I used natural light and a diagonal flash to illuminate the couple and give a slight shadow to the bride and groom that allows me to make them stand out more in the photo. For the natural light shot, the light was very soft and even so positioning the couple in relation to the light was not so important. However, the night photo was done with a flash and that was purposely placed diagonally to the bride and groom to create dimensions and cast a slight shadow behind them helping top separate them from the background.

Diagram Spirits

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L





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Before Renato & Joha Spirits

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

For this image I used two images, one taken in the afternoon and the other at night. These photos had to coincide in distance, location, and composition. I then proceeded to join them in Photoshop so that I could have this final result, it was difficult to match, but the result was just what I was looking for; achieving the naturalness of the bride and groom and creating an image that can last over time.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic


own custom preset

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What challenges did you face?

The biggest conflict was patience and to be able to get the same shot, both during the day and at night.

How did you solve them?

Mark the places with adhesive tape where the bride & groom should be for each shot.


Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Creativity has no limits and I am sure that now I will be able to create more complex images, but full of life and love for my future clients.

Esteban Meneses

Shooting since

7 years

Current Home

Quito - Ecuador



Hello, I am a wedding photographer, in Ecuador, I have been in this industry for 7 years, in which it has been a blessing to be able to enjoy documenting weddings.

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