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Emotional intensity is always my priority. My intent was to zero in on superstructures related to the environmental context, and work on minimalism. My couple, immersed in water, only had to focus on expressing their feelings, without worrying about anything else.

Taking the photos in the water allowed my couple to feel protected in expressing their connection. When people are immersed in water, in a dreamlike scenario, they feel “embraced” and immersed in something that can make them feel safe.

My approach to people is always very gentle, sensitive and exploratory. After entering the water, I let them free to express themselves, guiding them to achieve the intensity I was looking for.The strength of this type of shooting lies in the relationship we create with the people we photograph.

The adult in us must strip away insecurities and embrace the human being he or she guards.

Trust is the key element. Myriam and Francesco approached me to create something together that was authentic, timeless and spoke of their strong bond.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I always leave the people I photograph very free, but I am constantly checking how the light moves on them and how they move in the light. I asked Francesco to position himself behind Myriam and look for connection in the area with better lighting. I always use music in the background as well. Very very gently, I asked Francesco to seek a tactile connection with Myriam by positioning himself behind her.

What did you say?

Francesco, move gently behind Myriam and make gentle contact with her. Use the tips of your fingers, and the lightest of kisses.

How did you compose your image?

I always use the rule of thirds: Francesco’s eye and Myriam’s mouth fall on the thirds, the most connecting element is in the middle.

How and what did you focus on?

I used autofocus for this image as it was the most accurate. I simply moved my focus points over the faces of the couple and let the camera lock on.

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How did you use the light in your image?

I realize my intimate and emotional photos always with natural light. The light was coming just to the side of the couple, though still very nice and soft. This direction of light also allowed shadows to form which creates dimensions to the subject instead of making them look flat. It also adds to the dark, and emotional mood I was going for.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Sony A7 III

Lens

Sony FE 35mm f/1,4

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/250

Aperture

f/2.2

ISO

200

White Balance

Auto

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

I converted this image to black and white to accentuate the mood and vibe. I felt that the colors would take too much dominance away from the actual emotion I was trying to capture. I used my own Black & White preset and adjusted the exposure to be on the darker side without going too muddy.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom CC

Preset

My own preset

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Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Intensity and intimacy is not a photographic virtuosity, it is a way of living life, relationships and oneself. Be consistent with who you are!

Francesco Rossi Photography

Shooting since

2019

Current Home

Italy

Website

Instagram

My name is Francesco Rossi and I am a human photographer working in the wedding industry.
I am 25 years old and live in the heart of charming Italy.

I am an empathic, reflective person, obsessed with deep emotions.

Photography became part of my life through a combination of unexpected events.
When I was 18 I left Italy for a long trip alone.
It was during the trip that I discovered the magic of photography.

I travelled by train and slept wherever I could, often in hostels full of people and beautiful stories to tell.
It was in hostels that I took my first portrait.
A gesture of trust that I have never been able to give up.

Intensifying the experience of human beings is my mission.

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