• afternoon
  • Center Framed
  • Ceremony
  • Church
  • Cloudy
  • Directional Light
  • lower thirds
  • Outdoor
  • Shade
  • symmetry
  • Wide

The story behind the image

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It was a beautiful wedding in Puglia, Italy, and the couple was just amazing. The background of this small chapel with the flowers was just stunning and we really had a great time photographing it. Since we were a team of four (2 photographers, 2 filmmakers) we had to make sure our communication and goals were on point with each other. I knew our couple would love a wide shot from the back showing all the details, so I got myself into position and made eye-contact with the video crew and gave them a sign that I wanted this shot. They then moved briefly out of frame until I got my shot.
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I wanted to be far enough back to show the whole ceremony set up, and use the aisle between the guests to create a natural leading line to our couple. I also wanted to get an angle that was at about the same height a guest would have been at if they stood at the back – this just adds a bit more “natural” feel to the composition.

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Lower Thirds


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Our focus was very simple as we had plenty of light and space to do so. We simply moved our single point over our couple and let the camera lock on.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The couple

Equipment &

Sony A9
Sigma Art 28mm f/1.4
1/10000 @ f/2.8 ISO800 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

The light was quite tricky since there were quite a few scattered clouds in the sky that either blocked the sun or not. So the light was always up and down. Since this ceremony took place in the afternoon though, it wasn’t too hard to deal with since the overall light wasn’t too harsh. We were still able to keep details in the sky while exposing for the ceremony.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I created a new Preset from my Preset pack vol 5 for this wedding cause the bride doesn’t like the color green and wanted to have the white roses white and not too warmed up in the soft yellow tone. So I create a new preset with more crispy white and less green and yellow. I did my usual edits of warming up the whole image via the white balance and tweaked the shadows & highlights to keep the details.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


The biggest challenge was getting the videographers out of the frame. They of course need to be in their own positions to get the shots they need, but it can be quite tricky sometimes especially if we wanted to get wide shots like this.

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Communication is so important. Talk to each other and take the time to know what shots you both need. You’re all there for one goal, and that is to create a beautiful experience for your couple and so you also have to allow them their chances to get their shots.

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Location Name

Masseria San Giovanni

Location aDDRESS

Masseria San Giovanni, 72015 Fasano, BR, Italy

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue



Taking a step back and capturing a scene completely is always worth it. It adds more to the storytelling and can really help show context to the rest of your images. It doesn’t only have to be done during the ceremony though – it can be for any part of the day. If you ever find yourself not sure what to photograph – take that chance to look for new angles & places to shoot the scene from.

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