• Artificial Light
  • Back lit
  • Carry
  • Center Framed
  • First Dance
  • Flash
  • Mid range
  • night
  • Pick up
  • Rim Light
  • Rule of thirds
  • sparklers

The story behind the image

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These amazing souls married in 2017 in Düsseldorf in a beautiful place called LaDü. For the first dance, they had a wonderful choreography which they made sure to come and tell us about before it even happened. This was great because it meant that we could prepare ourselves and find the right spots. Even if the place itself was pretty small. Since sparkling candles were too dangerous in this small room, the wedding planner gave the guests each a candle in the hand which really made a beautiful atmosphere during the first dance.
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I shot this picture with a 24mm. The room was very small and I wanted to see the reactions of the guest as well as capture as much of the couple as possible. When he started to lift her up I was fortunately in a really good position and just moved forwards for 2 seconds to get really close to them and frame them in the center with the light just behind them, as much as possible.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

My focus was on the couple as they were dancing, and since it was quite low light, I used the autofocus of the camera. There was just enough light for the focus to follow the couple although it definitely was challenging.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Brides face

Equipment &

Nikon D5
Nikkor 24mm f/1.4
Nikon 910
1/200 @ f/1.6 ISO1000 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

As much as possible, we always ask the DJ if he can keep his lights off until after the first dance. It just allows us the freedom to use our own lighting and in most cases, this also works to the romance. We always bring a Dedolight (external light – continuous) which we place behind our subjects to create a backlight. In this particular case, we even asked th DJ if he could let out a little bit of smoke about 10 minutes before the first dance just add a bit more to the atmosphere.

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Light Type

Artificial LightFlashSparklers

Time of day


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I edited this picture in Lightroom with our JOSI presets and there really wasn’t too much more to it besides tweaking the white balance (Warmer) and the exposure, contrast, shadows & highlights.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


The room was really small with 100 guests around and we were 1 Photographer and 2 Videographers and we had just this one position and couldn’t move so easily. It was also quite challenging to get a solid focus because of all the elements; a low-light room, smoke, backlight etc…

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Before the couple started their dance, we made sure to do our test shots and get everything set up in time so that we were prepared. We found the right spot to put the dedolight without disturbing or blinding the guests and to always be in front of us. We were quite lucky that when he picked her up, they were right in front of my lens and so what I did to help get the focus was block the dedolight with the couple as much as possible.

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Location Name

La Dü

Location aDDRESS

Krefelder Str. 81, 40549 Düsseldorf

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue



We are storytellers and we try our best to capture the day as it is. But sometimes we have to find small solutions & ideas to get pictures that we really, really want. We never interfere with the couple or ask them to do anything different; we only really speak to the other vendors and figure out ways how we call create the very best for our couple.

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