the Shoot

Location Equipment
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We were in Riccardo’s (my husband) home town of Lago Di Garda, Italy. We had this super cute couple for a styled shoot a few days before this picture was taken, and we met up again. It was a beautiful summer evening and we took them for a ‘tour’ through the beautiful city of Sirmione. We walked right close to the lake and it just looked so inviting. We all decided then and there to go for a swim and as I always have my camera with me, I took this opportunity to take some more photos of them.

As we were swimming about, they knew I was going to take some pictures and before I knew it – she climbed on him and gave him a beautiful kiss. I didn’t say or direct anything – that moment just happened. I got myself into a position to get the shot and moved on from there.
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Location Name


Location aDDRESS

25019 Sirmione, Brescia, Italy



Location TYPE




Sony A9 II




Sigma Art 28mm 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 wanted to get a shot where I had the couple in the water, and in order to get this shot I had to get in as well. Normally I avoid having the horizon cut through my subject’s head but in this particular case I really liked the way that the eyes created a line with the horizon. I then positioned and angled my camera to get that framing.

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Center Framed Middle Thirds Minimalistic


Focus mode

single point focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Guys face

Focus description

The focusing was very simple to achieve as we had plenty of light to work with. I simply focused on my couple’s faces through my viewfinder and the camera did it’s thing.

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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

This was taken during sunset, but since the lake has big, beautiful mountains around it, the sun did disappear from the sky quite soon. This allowed us to have really beautiful, soft light and meant that we could pretty much shoot in any direction. In this case, the sun was just off to the left & behind our couple.

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Soft Light Natural Light Blue Hour

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

I liked it really how it was but i like also our warm mood, so i warmth it a lot with the white balance, put a lot of grain into and brought the lights down, the shadows a bit up and the situation a bit up too with the gradient filter in the background.

I really liked the natural feel of the image, but also our warmer style. So I ended up warming it up quite a lot with the white balance, added in our grain, and then tweaked the highlights & shadows as well as the saturation. Finally, I used a gradient filter in the back to create a balance in the overall image.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The only real challenge I had was just making sure that my camera stayed dry.

Solutions I found

There is no real solution besides being extra vigilant. You just gotta be careful. I also always kept the camera in my hand and quite high, so that if I did fall – i could keep it out the water. If we had more time, I would have grabbed a plastic bag to cover the camera but it was all just spontaneous.


Take every time your camera with you. Even its a small camera with a light lens. You get this job cause your hobby was to take picture. When we start to work as an Photographer, sometimes we really forget to take pictures like we done it in the past, where the camera was the first think we put in our bag.

Always take your camera with you, even if it’s a small camera. You never know what cool moments could come up or spontaneous shoots could happen. In the end, you likely got into this whole career because you love taking pictures. When we became professionals, we found ourselves forgetting to take pictures like we did right in the beginning – where our camera was the first thing to be packed in the bag.
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Kreativ Wedding

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