Photographed by Lukas Leonte


I had the honor of photographing these two lovebirds a few times by now and during before this shoot I told them I wanted to experiment with some lights at the end of the session. We took all of the photos in their home and moved around the house as we were shooting. As the last location we chose their basement / gym as it was pitch black and gave me full control over the way I wanted to light this shot. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to go for this warm neon feel but made the mistake of not bringing any light stands with me so we had to improvise with their work out gear. It was fun and I’m actually really happy with the results.
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CalmIntimateAlmost Kiss

“Guys, I want you to go in for an “almost kiss”. Get real close and just before you’d make contact, stop.”
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Center FramedClose UpIntimate Framing


Multi Point Focused on mouth Live View Continuous
Light & Weather

Harsh LightBack litDarkIndoorColorful Light

Equipment & EXIF

1/250 f/2.5 ISO 1000 WB 5500K


Sony A7iii


Sony Zeiss 35mm f/1.4

Additional Equipment

2x Nanlite Pavotube 30C + Hazer

Flash / External Light Setup

I wanted to try out my new lights that I bought from Nanlite. These are some long tubes that can be set to any color.

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Light / Flash

Nanlite Pavotube 30C

Light / Flash Mode


Light / Flash Power

turquoise at around half power



above the couple pointing towards them

Light / Flash

Nanlite Pavotube 30C

Light / Flash Mode


Light / Flash Power

orange at around 3/4 power



behind the couple pointing to the camera


This image was edited with

Anni Graham Yosemite Pack

Challenges & Solutions


Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment Austria



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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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