Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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I met S & R back in the Summer of 2020 via Instagram. We hit it off right away, did an amazing beach session that changed my game, and we decided to work together again, this time for a more intimate steamy session.

I had always wanted to do something like this, and they were the perfect couple to explore this and explode my creativity freely.

We spent the afternoon chatting, drinking some beers and we slowly got into the session, first in the living room, playing guitar and being goofy, and then we made our way to the bathroom.

It is always awkward at the beginning, but as we have a really great connection, things went really smoothly from the beginning.
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Location

Location Name

Amsterdam

Location aDDRESS

Amsterdam

Country

Netherlands

Location TYPE

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment

Equipment

Camera

Canon EOS R

Flash

None

Lens

Sigma 35mm f/1.4

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Calm Holding Each other Intimate Serious

Description

We had been playing around and laughing for most of the session, so for this shot, I asked them to get a little more serious and intimate. I asked S to place herself behind R, get really close together, cuddle him from behind, touch his body. And to take a deep breath, relax, and just be present with each other.

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What was said

Alright! Let’s get a little serious now. S, stand behind R, just relax and breathe for a minute. Be present with each other, close your eyes and just enjoy the moment

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

I wanted to get a close-up of them, having them both covering the whole frame, but having him mostly being the protagonist in a way. Close-ups for me are a way of intimacy as if you are entering their space, and that’s what I wanted to achieve in this case. I wanted to create some sort of feeling of peace, where she is standing behind him as if she was protecting and comforting him.

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Tags

Center Framed Close Up Intimate Framing

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

His eye

Focus description

I was focusing mostly on him. I think I set the focus on his eye.

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Shutter Speed

1/1250

Aperture

f/1.4

ISO

1250

White Balance

5700

Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &
Exposure

How the light was used

The light was coming from above, through a skylight, which was the only source of light we had. It was a gloomy day, so pretty diffused light. This created some really beautiful soft light to work with while also creating dimensions on the couple.

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Tags

Soft Light Window Light Natural Light Cloudy Indoor

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used
Preset Used
How I edited this image

I used my custom preset “Desaturated” (yep, that’s the name!). I think I just adjusted the brightness, lowered the saturation of oranges, set the highlights towards a more blueish tone, and adjusted the contrast to give it a little bit of depth

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

I wouldn’t call these big challenges, but of course, you have to play with the fact that you are photographing a naked couple, the reduced space (it was probably around 7sqm room if not smaller), it was already getting a little dark, and it was a gloomy day so we had to be fast shooting.

Solutions I found

I think the thing I repeat the most is how important it is to click with your couples and for both parties to be 100% comfortable when shooting these kinds of sessions.
Break the ice by playing some music, chat before the session, take it easy, have a drink (doesn’t have to be alcoholic!)

Advice

ALWAYS have a speaker with you and play some music. I try to carry it with me to my sessions as it eases up the ambiance. And slow down, sometimes the most beautiful moments are there in front of you, when you least expect them, without having to do anything.
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Photographed by

Celia | The Lightbox Tales

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