the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Lauren & Edmond had an epic reception with a ton of stringed lighting hanging overhead all of the tables that guests were seated at. For toasts, the layout of the tables worked out in my favour as I had Lauren & Edmond turn their seats around and put their backs to all the tables so they could face the toaster. This then allowed all the stringed lighting to be behind them in the background. I was shooting with an 85L and 35L but I particularly liked how the 85L images turned out due to the bokeh created with stringed lights.
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Location Name

Hummingbird Nest Ranch

Location aDDRESS

2940 Kuehner Dr, Santa Susana, CA 93063


United States

Location TYPE

Wedding / Event Venue



Canon 5D Mark II


Core SWX TorchLED Bolt 300 Light


Canon 85mm f/1.2 L

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

I shot a bit wider but cropped into the image you see now in order to crop a groomsman out so the focus would solely be on the couple. Since I was off to Lauren’s right, I wanted to make her the main focus of the image. I shot from a low angle in order to capture more of the stringed lighting hung above them. I also did this in order to have their heads in front of the stringed lighting to add more separation between them and the background.

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Rule of Thirds Center Framed Mid Range


Focus mode

Single Point Autofocus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

Bride's face

Focus description

I used AF and used a single AF point to focus on Lauren’s face. Since she was pretty much in the center of the frame, I did not have to focus and recompose.

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Shutter Speed





ISO 5000

White Balance


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

How the light was used

I used a single LED light with a warm temp set to about 1/2-3/4 power. I tried to keep the light as far off to the side as I could (so it wouldn’t be distracting) without creating shadows on Edmond’s face. This helped a ton as the stringed lighting was behind them so there was really no light falling on their face except our light.

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Artificial Light Night Evening

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Photoshop

Preset Used
How I edited this image

I mostly did white balance and contrast adjustments in ACR before then bringing it into Photoshop and adding a couple Hue/Sat & Curves layers. The exposure SOOC was pretty on point so it made editing very minimal.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The main challenge was the lack of light provided by the ambient light at the venue.

Solutions I found

Thankfully I was able to make use of an LED light to add some light to Lauren + Edmond’s face which helped properly expose the photo.


Don’t be afraid to push your ISO to create interesting images during the reception. Even with a 5d Mark II, I was still able to shoot at ISO 5000 and get some pretty clean looking images. Also, every photographer should have LED lights in their kit. It’s so helpful to add just a pop of light in dim situations.
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Photographed by

Jordan Voth

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