Photographed by Helena and Laurent


We traveled down to Mexico with this super stylish couple for their wedding at a traditional Mayan villa. In the back of the property there was a beautiful modern building where the couple was getting ready. We knew we wanted to shoot portraits there but we only had time mid day because their ceremony extended through sunset. The area was covered in dappled light which is the worst!

There were a few clouds in the sky so we took the coupe to a shady spot first and waited for the light to improve. When a huge cloud start to cover the sun we ran over to the house and immediately started playing with the stairs, hoping we captured some magic before the light became hideous again.
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“Hey Sterling can you go back down and walk up the stairs again because you looked amazing!”
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Rule of ThirdsLeading LinesWide

Turn on your grid in the viewfinder to help you line up shots like this. It’s easy to get super wonky when your crouching or bending over while shooting. Give yourself enough room to crop and rotate where necessary. If you shoot too tight you run out of room to fix angles or center subjects.


Single Point Focused on bride Single Shot Autofocus
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Soft LightNatural LightShade

Equipment & EXIF

1/3200 f/3.5 ISO 200 WB Auto


Nikon d750


Nikon 35mm f/1.8 G


Lightroom HLC3

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Challenges & Solutions


Wedding / Event Venue Mexico

Hacienda Sac Chich

Acanceh, Yucatan, Mexico

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Helena and Laurent

Photographer United States of America Nikon D850 50mm
We are Helena and Laurent, a documentary wedding photography team out of the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Really though, we’re just two crazy kids in love, with a passion for telling stories and playing with our cameras. Laurent is funny and talkative, loves his motorcycle, and he’s a magician with computers – so he handles all the clients and marketing. Helena is thoughtful, patient, passionate about plants, and British gardening shows. She is a perfectionist to a fault – so builds our H&L presets and she edits all the photos.
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“How many times have you noticed that it’s the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?” — Mr. Rogers

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