• calm
  • Center Framed
  • midday
  • Natural
  • natural frames
  • Natural Light
  • noon
  • Outdoor
  • shoot through
  • simple
  • Soft Light
  • sunny
  • Veranda
  • Wide

The story behind the image

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We were booked by the couple to capture the elopement at Lake Como in the Villa del Balbianello. The couple had booked the terrace with the round arches, made famous especially by Star Wars, for their civil wedding.

After the ceremony, I asked the couple to move just a few steps to the balcony. I wanted to combine the beautiful arch with the couple and the beautiful background. At that moment they were all by themselves. We were a few steps away and so they could enjoy the moment completely alone without feeling like we were going straight into a shoot.

For me it was important that the couple is already in the light but not directly in the sun which was roughly two steps behind. What was challenging was in any case to capture a picture without other people.

For the wedding ceremony this place was booked exclusively for the couple. Unfortunately, everything was delayed and visitors of the venue poured directly after the ceremony on the balcony and in the area where just before the ceremony was.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We didn’t have much time because some outside visitors started to appear, so I quickly took advantage of the moment after the congratulations and asked them to stand on the balcony. I didn’t want them to pose. Just stand there and enjoy the moment together without paying attention to the fact that they are being photographed.

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What did you say?

Congratulations guys, that was wonderful. Before more visitors come, enjoy the moment together again and see where you are. It would be great if you could just take a few steps toward the balcony. Try to block out the people and have eyes only for yourselves.

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Tone of Directions



Normally I place my subjects in the middle or upper thirds but in this picture I placed them in the lower thirds and left a lot of space on the top. I wanted to show the size of the arch. I also wanted to create a kind of frame with the arch. If I would have had more time and less people, chairs and other things in the foreground, I probably would have played a bit more with the composition and placed the couple in the middle. Also, it was difficult to place the background well behind the couple. But still I love the result and it gives me exactly the emotion I wanted to create with it.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I simply focused on the couple. I always use Single Point Focus and Continuous Autofocus

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Focus Mode

Continuous Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

on the head of the bride

Equipment &

Sony a9II
Sigma 28mm f/1.4
1/6400 @ f/2,2 ISO640 WB-Shadow

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 picture was taken around noon. The sun was high and strong. For this reason I put the couple in the shade of the building. If they had gone two steps further towards the railing, the sun would have been too strong and would have blasted everything while also being quite uncomfortable for the couple.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

Editing was quite simple. Here I only applied the preset on the image. The image was straightened by auto upright. The shadows were raised a little and the highlights a little bit down. I also made the blue a little darker. And that was basically it. Sometimes and image really doesn’t need much in the editing suite to bring out exactly what you had envisioned.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


The biggest challenge was the visitors who started to appear and flood the veranda area.

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From time to time we shoot in places where there are many other people. Mostly we look for corners that are a bit quieter and get close to the couple. In this picture, this was not possible, so we had to be quick. the picture is created within 2 seconds because we did not have more time.

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Location Name

Villa Balbianello

Location aDDRESS

Via Guido Monzino, 1, 22016 Tremezzina CO, Italien

Loation Type

Private Villa



This moment doesn’t belong to you. Its their moment. So try to be gentle, humble and invisible :)

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