• Center Framed
  • Ceremony
  • Close up
  • Couple Details
  • Details
  • Germany
  • Hands
  • Home
  • Natural Light
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  • Rule of thirds
  • Shade
  • Soft Light
  • Unposed
  • unstaged

The story behind the image

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During the ceremony, these guys stood close together and hold their hands. Since Victor is a tattoo artist, I made sure to focus on their hands and their tattoos. As I saw them standing really close, hand in hand while listening to what their friends were saying to them in the ceremony, I found my angle and shot the image was my 70-200mm.
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I originally shot this image in Landscape but I knew I was going to crop it later on. I did this because it gave me a bit more control over how I wanted the final composition to be. It was really important that the hands took the attention all the while still keeping details of the couple to show their style.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focused on the hands as firstly that was what I wanted the attention to be drawn to, and secondly, it offered the most contrast in the frame which helped make sure that the camera found its lock. I shot through the viewfinder as it was much easier for me to compose and find the focus.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Hands

Equipment &

Sony A9
Sony 70-200mm f/2.8
1/2500 @ f/2.8 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 it was a cloudy day, the light was really soft. This meant that shooting from almost any direction was possible without having to think about how the light was hitting our couple. With that in mind, we took the shot as is and didn’t think too much about the actual lighting.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I edited this shot with our KWP 5 Preset collection. It was a very simple image to edit since the light was perfect. I just increased the white balance, exposure settings as well as tweaked the HSL’s to get the skin tone I was after.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


Sometimes we see a situation and before we know it, it’s gone. That moment has disappeared. We think it’s definitely one of the challenges of shooting weddings.

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The only solution is to be fast. We can’t think of any other way, to be honest. When we shoot weddings, our camera is 90% in front of our face and so when moments like this happen, we’re already ready.

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Location Name

Private Home

Location aDDRESS

Mettmann, Germany

Loation Type

Garden / Field



The main piece of advice I can give is to be as fast as possible. Don’t hesitate to take shots and always be ready for them. Some of the best moments happen without warning but vanish within the blink of an eye.

It also helps to take a step back and view the scene with the camera down for a brief moment to absorb everything that is happening but just is ready to get back into your shooting position.

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