Photographed by Henna Koponen

Story

To be honest, this shoot was a tricky one. I’m not a big fan of hotels, especially hotels in Helsinki. We just don’t have those fancy or unique ones over here. This image was taken in one of the most popular hotels in downtown Helsinki, Kämp Hotel. I knew the place before the shoot, but it was important for me to have a throughout scouting prior to our shoot. As I was visiting the location, I was able to see many of the spaces available for us during the wedding day. This location was one of their biggest venues and often used for large events. On the wedding day, it was empty. Lucky us!

I knew instantly I would never want to use the space like I had seen tens of photographers use before. I wanted to create something unique and moody, something off the mainstream, and something unexpected.

I was inspired by the large windows and the possibility for me to move quite far away from those. I wanted to catch a movement of the couple walking forward, and with the help of strongly underexposing the image, I was able to catch the smooth silhouettes!
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Directions

CalmNaturalWalkingMovement

“”Okay, now let’s create some movement! Both of you walk forward in a straight line. You (groom) can walk one step in front of her (the bride). Take hands, groom you give your left hand to her, and you (bride) give your right hand to him. Then just walk, slowly. Every now and the you (groom) can just glance back at your wife.””
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Composition

Rule of ThirdsLower ThirdsWideSymmetryNatural Frames

My advice is to use the space as your compass. If you have a small or big space, always think of it as your canvas. Don’t get stuck on just shooting from one direction for a long time. try, look, and analyse. What’s working and what’s not? My number 1 advice is always to SLOW IT DOWN. Allow yourself not only to look, but also to SEE.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The couple Live View Single Shot
Light & Weather

Back litRim LightDarkMoodyWindow LightNatural LightSilhouette

Equipment & EXIF

1/250 f/1.4 ISO 200 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG

Editing

This image was edited with

Intimate BW

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Hotel Finland

Kämp Hotel

Pohjoisesplanadi 29, 00100 Helsinki

Final tips & Advice

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Henna Koponen

Photographer Finland Canon R6, Canon 5D Mark IV Sigma 50mm 1.4, Helios 44, Tamron 35mm 1.8
I believe we are image makers first, photographers second. My approach on wedding assignments is full trust and freedom. I don’t get goosebumps when thinking about “the traditional and correct way of shooting weddings”. I want to shake the viewer, shock them, make them wonder. The more unique and creative approach I can come up with, the better. I have never wanted to walk the mainstream and create images everyone has already seen. Therefore, my two most important things in photography are: light and composition. I’m not interested in the emotions of my subjects but more fascinated by the power of the technical aspects of creating images. My most successful images are the ones that allow me to manipulate the viewer with the clever and sophisticated use of light and composition. And then, make them stop, and wonder.
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“Photographs are not taken, they are made.” Ansel Adams

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