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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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How did you compose your image?

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.

How and what did you focus on?

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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How did you use the light in your image?

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.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Nikon D5

Lens

Nikkor 24mm f/1.4

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/200

Aperture

f/1.6

ISO

1000

White Balance

Auto

How did you edit your image & what did you use?

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.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset

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What challenges did you face?

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…

How did you solve them?

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.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

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.

Kreativ Wedding

Shooting since

2013

Current Home

Germany

Website

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We are Anne & Riccardo, a couple from Germany and Italy. 2013 we started without knowing anything about weddings, our business with a lot of passion. Now we are a team of 4 friendly guys to capture moments. Instead of doing weird posing, we love capturing real moments as they actually happen. We love to get inspired by the personalities of our couples and from their wedding to tell your unique story. Cause every story, every couple and every wedding is so unique and different.

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