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As soon as the wedding day ended, we usually expect to have a happy & joyful exit of the couple – but in this case, we had fireworks! Which was just as fun but completely by surprise.

As the wedding was situated in a high place in the city, the sky was clear and the temperature was pleasant. Everything was perfect to capture fireworks.

When I saw the fireworks I had the idea of positioning the couple in such a way that we could include the fireworks in the background. The result was surprising.

The vibe of the bride and groom was perfect, surreal energy, the sum of these factors always surprises us at weddings, I feel that the best photographs happen when all the momentary feeling is in tune.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I simply asked the couple to enjoy the moment and have fun. I didn’t want to give them too many directions as that could have caused them to overthink the situation. Sometimes simple is key.

What did you say?

Stay close to each other and enjoy the moment!

How did you compose your image?

I chose to shoot this in portrait orientation as it allowed me to capture more of the sky where the fireworks were moving into. It also allowed me to capture the couple’s full body but still close up enough to see their reactions. I had them in the center of the image to bring the main attention to them first.

How and what did you focus on?

I focused on the couple with a single focus point as I didn’t want to have the camera be distracted by the movement behind. Fortunately, I was working with an external light source so there was enough light to work with here.


How did you use the light in your image?

We had the LED light positioned just to the left of the camera pointing at the couple which allowed us to have them exposed. It’s a soft light, and one that we love using. It also worked really well as the light from the fireworks behind were bright enough to create a subtle rim light around the couple.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Canon RP


Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4





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

I used our own presets which we developed and for this particular image, all we did was control the exposure and keep the overall tones to our liking. Again, sometimes keeping things simple is key.

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Own personal Presets

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What challenges did you face?

The main challenge was cloning out and removing the electrical wires at the bottom of the frame.

How did you solve them?

I just spent some extra time in photoshop playing with different cloning techniques until I found somethign that worked. It was a mix between spot healing and content aware.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

I learned that every story has its charm, and the more we control ourselves and emotions – the better control we have over capturing scenes. A lot of the time things happen spontaneously, and that’s the magic of weddings. Moments happen, and being able to take your inspiration and make it a reality is something that is worth pushing yourself to learn.

Julio Moraes

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Hi, my name is Julio Moraes and I graduated in Advertising and Propaganda. Born in a city in the interior of São Paulo/BR. At the beginning of my graduation I identified a lot with photography, since then I have never stopped being interested in art. In the beginning, the lack of incentive almost made me give up, equipment had a very high price for a university student. But my wife didn’t let me give up, and I continued even with the difficulties, today, thanks to God, I’m here with our company working and able to register incredible dreams!

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