Photographed by Lukas Leonte

Story

I took this image at the end of a rather chaotic but beautiful engagement shoot. When we planned the shooting we didn’t know that it would be the only day where it would snow this much. The location was on a mountain and on the drive there we got stuck so we had to continue right where the car stopped. Only later on we were able to drive to the top of the mountain where we couldn’t stay longer than a few minutes because it was basically a snowstorm and freaking cold. Fast forward to the end of the shooting and as much as I would have loved to wrap up the shoot with a beautiful sunset, the weather was still just meh.

We ended the shoot with the couple walking, dancing, and sitting in front of my car on a road surrounded by trees as it started to snow again. Always love the looks we get from passing cars. During all of this cold weather, I still wanted to show the warmth of their relationship as they were enduring the cold.

I learned that it’s best not to fight what obstacles one gets thrown at during a shoot but to use what is available. The weather was far from perfect but instead of postponing the shoot or avoiding the outdoors I tried to work with what I was given and with the tools I still had (so happy my car didn’t break down lol).
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Directions

CalmHolding Each otherIntimatePlayfulSitting

“I know it’s pretty cold right now so if you don’t mind, take each others hands and keep them together to warm up a bit. Keep your heads very close and try not to look into each others eyes but keep your focus and eyes on your hands. Again don’t be afraid to move this whole time so you’d get a bit warmer but try to keep just a little bit of space you so your hands will fit between you. “
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Composition

Center FramedMid RangeHigh Angle

When doing center focused compositions I always try to make them a bit symmetrical or balance the left and right side of the image a bit. Center focused compositions also have the advantage of appearing calm and balanced and make it pretty easy to post on Instagram or having it look clean/simple in your feed.

Focusing

Multi Point Focused on the hands Continuous Autofocus
Light & Weather

Artificial LightBack litRim LightDarkMoodyColorful Light

Equipment & EXIF

1/320 f/1.4 ISO 250 WB 7500K

Camera

Sony A7III

Lens

Sony 35mm f/1.4

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic Anni Graham – Yosemite 01

This image was edited with

Anni Graham - Yosemite 01

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Forest Austria

Salzburg, Gaisberg

Gaisberg 32, 5026 Salzburg

Final tips & Advice

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Lukas Leonte

Photographer Austria until recently: Sony A7iii – now: Sony A1 used to be Canon 50mm 1.2L (most beautiful lens flares ever) – now it’s Sony 35mm 1.4 GM
Hey, I’m Lukas from Austria and I’ve been a full time wedding photographer for almost 5 years soon. Photography for me started as a fun hobby and quickly turned into an outlet to process my emotions through surreal self portraits. Fast forward 10 years later and I’ve photographed a lot of weddings all over the world and I’m now slowly finding my voice in photography again by exploring different genres other than wedding photography.
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„People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.“ – Maya Angelou

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