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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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How did you direct 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.

What did you say?

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

How did you compose your image?

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.

How and what did you focus on?

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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How did you use the light in your image?

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.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Sony A7 III

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/1000

Aperture

f/1.4

ISO

200

White Balance

Auto

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

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.

Software Used

Lightroom

Preset

Own preset

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What challenges did you face?

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.

How did you solve them?

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.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

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.

Fefa Sousa Fotografia

Shooting since

2010

Current Home

São Paulo, Brazil

Website

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Hello, I’m Felipe or Fefa, I’m a person against many standards and traditions. The “different” catches my attention, curiosity is my energy and stories are my motivation. I believe that life should be lived in the most TRUE way, that is, understand that you can be as you are and be represented in a unique way in a world so full of copies and guidelines of how to live.

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