Photographed by Fotolux

Story

This spot is in a sort of “cave” of a wedding venue where they keep all kinds of things in storage. We discovered this place a couple of years ago and whenever we had a wedding there we always took the couple to that cave because it has some nice spots with good light coming from the window. But because we go there often we always try and do something different every time and for that we look for stuff lying around to use as part of the scenario. This time, Paula ( my wife and second shooter ) found these baskets with dead flowers from previous weddings and an old mirror so we took a minute to think about what we could do with this and this is what we came up with.
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Directions

CalmHolding Each otherPosedSerious

“Ok guys… I’m going to try something here that may or may not work. I’m going to try to make a portrait of you shooting through that mirror so I will just ask you for a couple of minutes to stand still and not move until I’m finished. You are both going to stand here facing the window with your eyes closed and don’t move or talk for a couple of minutes. You can take this time to relax for a while :)”
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Composition

Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedLeading LinesClose Up

Always remember the rule of thirds. Even if the main subject is not there, whenever you can take advantage of it.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on Mirror frame Live View Single Shot
Light & Weather

Harsh LightDirectional LightDarkMoodyWindow LightNatural LightIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

320 f/5.0 ISO 2500 WB Auto

Camera

Sony a7Riii

Lens

Sony 35mm f/1.8

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic Nomad 02

This image was edited with

Nomad 02

Challenges & Solutions

Location

basement / garage Portugal

basement / Garage of the wedding venue

Quinta da Concha – Portugal

Final tips & Advice

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Fotolux

Photographer Portugal Sony A7Riii 35mm
With 10 years old, Valter Antunes emigrated with his family to England, where he studied at the prestigious BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology, in London, with a specialization in Music. In 2000, he returns to Portugal and started to work as a musician. Then, in 2012, he falls in love with photography, and together with his wife Paula Antunes, they founded the “Fotolux Wedding Photography”. Since then, he dedicates himself to social photography, especially weddings, working in Portugal and overseas. He has his own style, where he combines creativity with the art of real documentary photography. Among the several distinctions, we may highlight the European Photographer of the Year 2020 – FEP Wedding Golden Camera and Photographer of the Year 2019 in Portugal for the APPImagem. Currently, he is on the Top25 Fearless Photographers, he also won the “Golden Lens” at the Inspiration Photographers 2019 and, in the same year, the 2nd place at “This is Reportage” community.
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