• Dinner
  • Leading lines
  • Middle Thirds
  • Natural Light
  • Rule of thirds
  • Soft Light
  • Sunset
  • top down
  • Wide

The story behind the image

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It was a beautiful summer day in Provence in France and we had the pleasure to capture a relaxed wedding in Castle Chateau Robernier. When I arrived and I saw the beautiful dinner setup, I was sure I was going to need a drone shot. I am not the best pilot and I was a bit afraid to fly over a place where so many people were sitting and eating. But, I found another solution ;) I went up to the top of the castle and asked a friendly waiter to open the door for me so I could get to the balcony. Since the sun was still quite high, I wasn’t too satisfied with the look of the picture and decide to come back when the sun dropped a bit more. I almost ended up missing this shot since I had to do the couple shoot, but I went right after the shoot to see what it looked like with the last light of the day and loved this mood even more.
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For me, it was important that you can see the people who are there together eating & drinking and the beauty of the Patio together with the amazing landscape with the small path in the back. I wanted to create that intimate feeling inside this Patio, so I framed it to include the walls of the building, while also keeping it wide enough to show the romantic surroundings.

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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I used Af focus mode with live view and focused on the People sitting down in the middle of the picture. Since the scene wasn’t involving a lot of movement, locking on to the tables was no problem. I kept my camera steady and allowed the camera to find its focus and fire away.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The crowd

Equipment &

Sony A9
Sigma Art 28mm f/1.4
1/320 @ f/3.2 ISO640 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

Since the light was almost gone completely (we were in the blue hour), I wanted to keep the details in the sky & in the string lights. So I underexposed slightly to avoid blowing out those details. It also just so happened that the view from the balcony meant I was shooting into where the sun had set, which gave a really beautiful glow to the scene.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I edited this picture with our kwp editing Presets Pack vol5 but warmed it a lot. I wanted to have the golden hour look and not the blue hour look. I used also the Gradient filter ( kwp background ) for the back to bring in a bit more details.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


I am afraid of heights and so being up there on the balcony was definitely out of my comfort zone. I was also nervous to miss something that could have happened amongst the guests while I was all the way up.

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Sometimes it’s good to just force yourself, even if you’re afraid ;) It could end up being totally worth it. Secondly, if you are going to leave the area for a shot, it’s a good idea to speak to the planner or the couple and just let them know – that way they won’t start something without you.

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Location Name

Chateau de Robernier

Location aDDRESS

Robernier, 83570 Montfort-sur-Argens, France

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue



For shots like this, I love using live view, because you can compose much better when you see the pictures directly on the screen of your camera and turn it in the right position. When I take pictures like this I make sure to shoot both horizontally and vertically since it allows me to be a bit more flexible with how we use the images later on.

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