• 35mm
  • Natural Light
  • symmetry
  • Sunset
  • sunny
  • Single Shot
  • Single Focus Point
  • Playful
  • Personal Preset
  • Nikon D750
  • Movement
  • Adobe Lightroom CC
  • lower thirds
  • holding hands
  • Funny
  • Directional
  • city
  • Center Framed
  • Canada
  • Autofocus
  • Walking

The story behind the image

Ali and Noam are a very fun and creative couple and I wanted to represent their playfulness in their wedding photos. Noam is an animator and comic maker and they both have a fun sense of humor. They live and work in Toronto, Canada, but they celebrated their wedding with their friends and family in Old Montreal. This city has meaning to them and I wanted to really showcase it in the photos.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Ali and Noam are a super fun and playful couple so it was super easy to direct them. I just asked them to walk, dance and play in the light and with their shadow.

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What did you say?

Walk and dance back and forth on the side walk. Keep the flow of movement.

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Tone of Directions



Composition played a big part in the creation of the photo. I wanted the couple to be small compared to the high building. The architecture was very symmetric with its lines and windows. I placed the couple at the center where the light would hit them and make them stand out against the building.

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Compositional Rules



Center FramedLower Thirds


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I wanted the couple as well as the background to be sharp. the focus was made on the couple, but my settings were at f4 to make sure not only the couple was sharp but the building behind them as well. They were close to the background so the depth of field was big making everything more clear.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

the couple

Equipment &

Nikon D750
3200 @ f/4 ISO500 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

The sun was reflecting on the windows and creating patches of light at the bottom of the building in on the other side of the street.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I applied my personal preset and increased the whites a little to make the light pop. Then I used the brush tool as well as the masking tool to make the couple stand out: darken the building and background and light up the couple more. I also used the transform fonction to upright and make the lines from the building straight.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Preset Used
Personal preset


I had to take many photos to be sure to get the perfect shot where the couple expression, body position, movement, shadow on the wall were all good as well as making sure they were standing in the light.

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Just take many photos and have the couple move back and forth in the light, constantly moving.

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Location Name

Old Montreal

Location aDDRESS

Streets of Old Montreal

Loation Type




I think the best advice would be to observe and be attentive to lighting. In the city landscapes, there are often lighting effects created by high buildings and refections on windows. Be playful, be creative when choosing a location for couple photos. Chase that light! :)

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