• bouquet
  • Castle
  • Center Framed
  • Close up
  • Detail
  • Flowers
  • Free
  • Hands
  • Holding
  • Natural Light
  • Rule of thirds
  • Shade
  • Simple background
  • Soft Light
  • Wide

The story behind the image

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One of the best parts of the day to photograph all the bridal details is during the getting ready. You don’t always have to stick around your bride and groom right as you arrive, and it gives you a chance to capture the details while they’re all fresh and neat.

Sometimes, you may even find that the vendors are finishing up their parts of the day and getting everything ready to start. Not only is it a great piece of story telling to have some shots of the preparations, but it can also add a lot of diversity to your shots.

In this case, we saw the florist putting the final pieces together on the bridal bouquet and we wanted to photograph these flowers a bit differently. We found a simple, neutral-toned background in the shade and asked the florist to hold the bouquet out with one hand.

We did this simply because we were inspired by what we had seen before and what florists posts on their Instagram. Taking inspiration from different types of photography can really be fun and helpful to grow your own skills.
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We wanted the focus to be directly on the flowers as well as the hand holding them. We chose a very simple background in the shade and framed it so we just had enough of the arm to show that it was a person holding them up. We didn’t want to them off entirely.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

With busy details like this, we chose to focus on the center part of the bouquet with our single point autofocus since it helped us lock onto exactly what we wanted to be sharp. However, shooting this with multiple autofocus points wouldn’t have been a challenge either since the subject definitely stood out from the background.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The flowers

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 50mm f/1.2 L
1/800 @ f/2 ISO100 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

We found an area underneath a terrace where the light was shaded which allowed us to work with really soft light. It also meant that we could have a balanced field of light across the whole image (from the flowers to the background).

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Light Type

Natural Light


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

With editing flowers or details, we try and keep the greens a bit more “healthy” looking since it compliments the flowers a lot more.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


There was no particular challenge when creating this image.

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No solutions to share here :)

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Location Name

Schloss Freudenstein

Location aDDRESS

Castel Freudenstein Str. Masaccio, 39057 Appiano sulla strada del vino BZ, Italy

Loation Type




Take advantage of meeting the vendors and introducing yourself. It’s a great way to build connections, especially if you can shoot some pictures with them in mind.

If you want to go for a similar shot, remember to keep it simple. A busy background will be distracting and rather shoot a bit wider (and crop later on in post) than too close in.

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