• Bright
  • broken rules
  • calm
  • Directional Light
  • Hand movements
  • Indoor
  • Intimate Framing
  • lying down
  • Mid range
  • Natural Light
  • Playful
  • Soft Light
  • sunny
  • top down
  • Window Light

The story behind the image

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I invited this couple of friends I had known since college, they work with photography and live in a beautiful place that is also a photo studio. Other than that they are very stylish and the way I like to photograph.

I had some ideas in my head before taking these photos, but the main thing was to create something that really shows the incredible connection they have, along with their life story.

The idea of this photo was really to have something related to feeling each other just with your hands, feeling the textures, goosebumps and different sensations, the most impressive thing is that they made a perfectly synchronized movement from start to finish and that’s what made me feel even goosebumps when I was photographing haha. Also, I love the tattoos, the loose hair, the colors of the clothes and that soft light.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

The connection was so intense on this day that I almost didn’t need to say anything to them, but what I asked at this moment was for them to touch each other in the most real and natural way possible, really leaving their minds free and focusing only on the texture of their skin another and to get into the vibe of the music that was playing too, that made all the difference.

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What did you say?

Listen to the music and feel each other’s faces as if they were talking through their hands.

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Tone of Directions

Quiet, Calm


I really like to think about the compositions of my photographs, in this case I didn’t cling to any rules, but this idea of trying to have perfect symmetry even though they were lying opposite to each other. I used their hands to precisely “compensate” the composition of the photograph, as if they completed what was missing and thus resulted in a symmetrical picture. I believe that if I didn’t have that soft touch of the hands, the photograph wouldn’t work, even because I had their faces displaced from each other.

Another point was the position of the camera, coming from overhead using the bed they were lying on as a white background. I really like to photograph from this angle, I believe that we can “remove” many things that are polluting the photograph.

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Compositional Rules

Broken Rules


Center FramedClose UpIntimate FramingTop down


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

For this photo it was very easy to focus, I used the AF-C with the camera’s liveview to frame it perfectly, but I just clicked on the af-c and focused on the eyes of the person on the left because it was a little lower level than the one on the right. I shoot a lot in F1.4 because I like those plans more blurred and something that brings a concept of “dream”. I always use continuous focus because if I need to quickly change focus, the camera behaves much faster.

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Focus Mode

Live View Continuous

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

In the eyes of the person on the left

Equipment &

Sony A7III
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN ART
1/1000 @ f/1.4 ISO200 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

It was a very sunny day, this place is a living room with a very large window, it has a white curtain that let the light diffuse because the light outside was very strong, the light came from the left of the couple and represented something soft but with personality in my view.

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Light Type

Natural LightWindow Lighting

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I use my own preset, made some basic exposure adjustments, and used the linear filter to smooth out the light coming from the window on the left. I added grain to the photo as well.

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Editing Software
Preset Used
Own preset


I really believe that the most difficult thing was to create an image that represented the connection I wanted, along with the idea of symmetry with the hands in a photo that could be totally asymmetrical.

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I asked the couple to really focus on that moment, make the movement slowly and try to connect evenly through touch, it worked very well! haha.

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Location Name

Casa Alice Studio

Location aDDRESS

Rua Beijamin Constant, 391 - Jardim Utinga - Santo André

Loation Type

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment



I believe that each person is unique and that we should always think that our work has to be like that too. Each work has to take into account the history, feeling and unique characteristics of each person.

Maybe I can even make a photo similar to this one, but for sure it will never be the same as this photo and that’s what’s most interesting to me.

The day we realize that we are photographing like a robot, something is wrong.

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