Photographed by Licht Trunken


After dinner and the speeches of the parents, the bridal couple headed towards the dance floor for the first dance. During the pre-wedding talks with the couple, I suggested that colorful disco lights would not be too pretty for a romantic first dance and suggested things like fairy lights and sparklers instead.

These lights make a big difference in the atmosphere and won’t take away from the focus of the couple. In order to get the right exposure though, I do have to use a flash as the dance normally takes place somewhere quite dark.

So of course there is a little challenge here every time. And every dance presents this challenge because it is absolutely impossible to plan photographically. The aim of the whole image was to reflect the energy and the prevailing mood during the wedding dance in light and form and to evoke this feeling when looking at the picture.

My aim is to connect a feeling, an atmosphere, or a memory with the images. And this is often not achieved through perfection – art is not perfect.
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Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedMid Range

Consciously create art – consider how atmosphere can be created through light.


Multi Point Focused on Bride & Groom at seperate times Continuous Autofocus
Light & Weather

Artificial LightBack litDirectional LightNightIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/250 f/1.8 ISO 1250 WB Auto


Sony A7 III


Sony 85mm f/1.8

Additional Equipment

Tripod for Flash

Flash / External Light


Flash / External Light Setup

The flash was positioned on a tripod behind the dancing bride and groom to be a direct backlight. I did not create a perfect lighting situation, but this break in the rules was intentional. Through the pure backlighting of the off-camera flash behind the couple, the energy and speed of the lively dance were depicted in a way that a perfectly lit image would never have captured.

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Light / Flash


Light / Flash Mode


Light / Flash Power




Behind the couple


Adobe Lightroom Classic Lichttrunken

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Challenges & Solutions


Barn Germany

Waldorfer Höfe in Ochtendung

Waldorferhöfe 10, 56299 Ochtendung, Germany

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Licht Trunken

Photographer Germany Sony A7III Sony 85mm 1.8
I love the love and so I love to capture love in all this beautiful ways in the little and big moments. I´m specialized in weddingphotography and familyphotography and for all the moments of life :)
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