• afternoon
  • Back lit
  • Bright
  • Center Framed
  • Courtyard
  • Dinner
  • Dinner Details
  • Dinner Setup
  • Leading lines
  • Natural Light
  • palm trees
  • Rim Light
  • Rule of thirds
  • sunny
  • Table details
  • Wide

The story behind the image

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Florists, planners, rental companies, etc all put so much effort into designing a beautiful reception space for the couple and their family & friends. While, details are not the most important photos to the couple, it’s key to place an importance on capturing great photos for these vendors as well. Set in the desert of Palm Springs, this reception space was absolutely stunning. It was such a fun space to photograph.
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With their being three tables, I wanted to frame the middle table in the center. I placed the tables towards the bottom of the frame so I could include as much of the palm trees as I could to give context to the location.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I used autofocus and focused on the tables. Before pressing the shutter, I recomposed and framed the tables at the bottom of the frame.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on


Equipment &

Canon 5d Mark II
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II
1/4000 @ f/2.5 ISO400 WB-10000K

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 setting behind the mountain in the background so I knew that if I wanted to get any wide shots with the sun coming into the frame, I needed to do so quickly after the ceremony.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

Due to the sun beginning to set behind the mountain in the background, the light was getting a bit blue so I warmed the image up a bit in ACR before bringing it into Photoshop. From there I did my typical hue/saturation, curves & color balance layers. I added a bit more contrast to this image than normal due to the sun washing the image out a bit.

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Editing Software
Adobe Photoshop / Camera Raw


The main challenge was managing time and making sure I was able to get over to the reception area to photograph it before the light went away.

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The reception and ceremony area are at the same hotel but they’re on two different sides of the street so it’s a quick 1-2 minute walk over. The timeline had family photos taking place right after the ceremony which ended shortly before the sun would disappear for the rest of the day. Once the ceremony finished, I shot a few photos of the couple hugging friends and family. I knew they would be busy for at least 3-5 min before they would probably want to start family photos. So I ran over to the reception area and did a quick run-through shooting everything I could with the sun there. I knew that once family photos finished, I would have more time to come back and shoot additional detail shots. So during that initial run of detail shots, I focused more on wide shots with the sun being a part of the photo.

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Location Name

Korakia Pensione

Location aDDRESS

Palm Springs, CA

Loation Type



United States

Time management is extremely crucial during weddings and doing so can ensure you capture everything you need to.

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