the Shoot

Location Equipment
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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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Location Name

La Dü

Location aDDRESS

Krefelder Str. 81, 40549 Düsseldorf



Location TYPE

Wedding / Event Venue



Nikon D5


Nikon 910


Nikkor 24mm f/1.4

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 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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Rule of Thirds Center Framed Mid Range


Focus mode


Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Brides face

Focus description

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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Shutter Speed






White Balance


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

How the light was used

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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Artificial Light Back lit Rim Light Night Sparklers

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited 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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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

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…

Solutions I found

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.


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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Photographed by

Kreativ Wedding

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