• Backlit
  • Indoor
  • simple
  • Reflections
  • Reflection
  • Moody
  • LED Light
  • intimate
  • inside car
  • Hand on face
  • Beetle
  • Directional Light
  • Dark
  • cuddling
  • Closed Eyes
  • Close up
  • clear sky
  • Car
  • Window

The story behind the image

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I’m in love with vintage cars, and I’ve always wanted to photograph a couple with a white Volkswagen Beetle. Understandably, when my couple arrived in exactly this type of car for their rehearsal dinner, I was completely surprised. I was super excited right away because I didn’t want a just another normal rehearsal anymore.

They were very connected and we always tried to have moments of authenticity in our sessions; I left them alone for a while and took this image through the vehicle’s windshield. Everything fell into place perfectly.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I asked the couple to take advantage of that moment, to exchange caresses and close their eyes, to just feel the music and each other’s bodies. It’s a direction that works really well when you want to express something more intimate.

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What did you say?

I’ll leave you alone for a while, I want you to enjoy each other and exchange affection with your eyes closed, forget about everything outside and express yourselves to each other.

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Tone of Directions



I like this central framing; it makes the photograph stronger, so the intimacy and emotion between the couple in the photo are what sets it apart. Firstly I chose to use a 30mm lens because I felt it was a good focal length considering the distance I was at and it allowed the couple to dominate the frame. I chose to use the mirror of the car to create some reflections as I wanted to convey the feeling that the couple was alone.

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Compositional Rules

Broken RulesLeading LinesShoot Through


Center FramedWideNatural Frames


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Focusing was very simple. I used manual mode, as it would be difficult to focus with auto focus due to reflections from the vehicle’s glass.

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Focus Mode

Manual Focus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Womans' Face

Equipment &

Sony A6600
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
1/200 @ f/1.4 ISO50 WB-5500

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 the inside of the car was quite dark, the light coming in from behind them (the window) did act like a backlight which did help to create a faint rim light (separating them from the background). Since I felt it was still a bit too dark inside, I used the LED Light stick to lighten up their faces. I had it placed in the car just to the left and out of frame.

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Light Type

Natural LightWindow Lighting

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

We normally shoot with an exposure of around -1. We made some white balance adjustments in the camera and applied our preset “Alev Cold Green”. We then made a few adjustments like exposure and applied some noise. Finally, I added some extra vignettes to the photo to get the couple’s attention.

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Editing Software


The biggest challenge was to focus on the couple, the reflection in the mirror made it a little difficult.

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I used manual focus, took several photos to ensure the best result.

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Location Name

Praia Ponta d'areia

Location aDDRESS

Ponta D'areia São Luís - State of Maranhão Brazil

Loation Type




Use the light to your advantage, all the most dramatic photos we take usually involve some element of light in the photos.

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