• afternoon
  • Back lit
  • Center Framed
  • Dancing
  • Deck
  • full body
  • Holding Dress
  • Middle Thirds
  • Natural Light
  • Soft Light
  • Unposed

The story behind the image

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This was a gorgeous wedding in Positano, Italy with an amazing swing band. During the dinner, there was a little break after the speeches where we took our couple for a quick couple shoot. Upon returning, the band started to play for the couple and our bride just took the lead and went to go for a dance. It really was a beautiful moment.
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I wanted to keep our bride as the main subject, but also show the band and the view. I shot this with my wide lens, and allowed the bride to get just far away enough for me to capture the whole scene.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

The focus was on our bride dancing, and since she was moving quite a lot in this low evening light I had to make sure that the camera was able to lock on to her and not get distracted by the band or the view behind. To do this, I switched to our single point focus which allowed me to move the focus point over the bride.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The back of the bride

Equipment &

Nikon D5
Nikkor 28mm f/1.4
1/800 @ f/2.0 ISO1600 WB-auto

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

This was taken during sunset, and the main light was coming from just outside the opening of the patio. We not only moved into position to capture the bride, the band, and the view but also to get the right angle of the light. By shooting somewhat into the light, we had the dress become illuminated as well as a beautiful rim light around our bride which helped to separate her from the background.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I simply applied the preset on the image and adjusted the white balance, shadows, highlights and exposure. It was a pretty straightforward image to edit and I didn’t find the need to do anything too special.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


I wasn’t so sure about the lighting and it wasn’t so easy to have everything in the right composition as I wanted to have because the bride and the band were moving all the time. Sometimes the bride was in a perfect position, sometimes not.

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In situations like this, I try and shoot as much as I can while also constantly moving. Trying new angles and compositions so I have a higher chance of coming back with that perfect shot. I ended up loving a lot of these pictures so it all worked out in the end.

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Location Name

Villa san giacomo

Location aDDRESS

Via Santa Croce, 16 - 84017 Positano

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue



Storytelling is really an important skill to learn when becoming a wedding photographer. There are many ways to tell a story, and finding your own unique way is a wonderful, tiring and fun ride. You never stop learning and if you can push yourself to try new things – you’ll eventually find things that make you unique.

If you can see if you can find a shot that tells a story just by itself. Include as much or as little as you like, and see if it works. It’s all about telling the viewers what’s going on, why it’s going on, where it’s going on and with who. More often than not, shooting something wider with careful attention to composition really helps you find these types of images.

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