The story behind the image

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We were at this historical Venetian villa that the couple choose specifically for the frescoed walls. The whole room was ready to welcome guests for dinner but I knew how important it would be for the couple to have a nice portrait of them indoors. Honestly, it didn’t take me much to have them excited to go shoot. The room itself was big but packed with tables and chairs and not very well lit, unfortunately. At the same time, I knew I wanted to feature both the walls and the decorations.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

The directions I gave were really simple. Initially I had them walking don the little corridor between the chairs and as soon as I found a spot where the light hit them right, I had them stop and go for a kiss.

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What did you say?

Ok guys, now stop right there, turn to your side and go for a big kiss.

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Tone of Directions



My composition is often simple and straight-forward. I wanted to go for a wide shot including the elements that were in the room. I used the lines of the tables as leading lines to draw the sight to the subject that was placed in the middle. I added an additional sense of depth by including two candles in the foreground

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Compositional Rules

Leading Lines


Center FramedWideFull Body


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I normally use autofocus, single point al serve. In this case I focused right on the groom’s face as it was well lit and easier to check right after I pressed the shutter.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

Groom's face

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II
1/200 @ f/1.8 ISO1600 WB-Auto

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

I used only natural light for this shot. I sun was setting outside and we had some nice diffused light coming from both sides of the room we were in. A window on the lift acted as key light as the sun was going down on that side and the windows on the right served as fill.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I edit using my own preset. Again, pretty minimal edits with a tendency to go on the warmer side.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Preset Used
My own


When I’m shooting inside the spaces where the reception will be, I know I have to do it in the short period of time when the candles are lit but there’s nothing unpleasant on the table – e.g. water bottles, etc..

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I coordinate with the planner and/or the catering to let them know that – if it’s possibile – I would need 10 minutes during that time to take a couple of photos indoors with the bride and groom. As long as I make sure everybody is on the same page with me and what I have in my mind, then it works out.

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Location Name

Villa Foscarini Rossi

Location aDDRESS

Via Doge Pisani, 1, 30039 Stra VE

Loation Type

Private Villa



If you need time to take photos where other wedding professionals are working, make sure you coordinate in advance to arrange how much time you need and how much you actually have and work around it. I never wanna be the reason why an event is running late.

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