• black and white
  • Blur
  • Center Frame
  • clear sky
  • Couple
  • Creative
  • double exposure
  • Field
  • Half body
  • Looking into camera
  • Mid range
  • Movement
  • Outdoor
  • Superimposed

The story behind the image

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Each new experience opens our minds to new possibilities. I never imagined a dress made of macramé, it shows us how human beings have the capacity to create. It even made me more convinced that we are interconnected and that we need each other, it’s about SHARING. We had a beautiful and intense afternoon with G and M, we went to a deserted place to have them exchange vows. It was a simple ceremony but with a lot of love. Right after the ceremony, I asked the couple if they were up for creating a portrait that would symbolize their union. I had this idea in my mind and they absolutely agreed to try it out.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I asked the couple to stay very still, and not smile, because I wanted to evoke a more serious feeling. This feeling of seriousness brings out a different sort of emotion to the viewer – one that speaks more of “we are human. This is us”.

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What did you say?

Guys, I want to try something new for you. Let’s have each of you stand in this spot and I want you to be still, be clam (no smiling) and then once i’ve got the shot, I’ll get the next one in. I have this idea and I think you’re going to really like it.

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Tone of Directions



The image is portrait style, so the double exposure in the photo is what makes it stand out. First I chose to use a 35mm lens because I felt it was a good focal length considering the distance I was at and it allowed the couple to dominate the framing. I like to center my subject to avoid other distractions in the photos. The main purpose of the image is to capture the union of two people as if they were one.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focused around the bride and groom’s eyes with autofocus. It’s almost impossible to lose focus using a sony a7iii – the focusing on this camera is absolutely insane.

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Focus Mode

Continuous Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

bride and groom eyes

Equipment &

Sony a7 iii
Rokinon 35mm f 1.4
1/80 @ f/1.4 ISO200 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

We had darker light in the late afternoon, as the sun was already setting. The soft outdoor light is always great because it gives you the freedom to shoot in any direction you want, but it goes pretty fast. I preferred to use the light at 45 degrees, to lighten the side of the face a little while casting a shadow on the other side. This creates a feeling of dimensions to your subjects as they feel a lot more prominent.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

First I did the double exposure in Photoshop and then I used our ‘Alev Folk BW preset as the base. I wanted the image to look dark and dramatic, so I lowered the exposure slider and added some noise. Creating a double exposure in photoshop can be quite simple, and in this case, it was simply a matter of layering the two images on top of each other and cycling through the blend modes until I found one that looked the way I had hoped.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


The speed with which the light disappeared was definitely challenging, it was already getting dark and we had little time, we had to do it fast.

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The only real way was to do it faster. I had what I wanted in mind and didn’t waste much time.

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Location Name

Via Expressa

Location aDDRESS


Loation Type




Never miss the opportunity to do something you imagined out of fear that you’re not capable. It makes you surpass yourself every day.

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