the Shoot

Location Equipment
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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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Location Name

Korakia Pensione

Location aDDRESS

Palm Springs, CA


United States

Location TYPE




Canon 5d Mark II




Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Why I composed the way I did

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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Rule of Thirds Center Framed Leading Lines Wide


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on


Focus description

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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Shutter Speed






White Balance


Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &

How the light was used

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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Back lit Rim Light Bright Natural Light Sunny Afternoon

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Photoshop / Camera Raw

Preset Used
How I edited 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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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

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.

Solutions I found

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.


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

Jordan Voth

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