Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Moments between a couple don’t always happen because you created them. Sometimes, it happens naturally – by itself. As if you were not even there. This is exactly the story behind this image.

While waiting for one of the photographers to come back from picking up something he left behind (a monopod), our couple sat down next to each other and just… relaxed. Without any directions on how to sit or cuddle each other, they just did their thing.

By having one eye on them the whole time, we were able to silently turn ourselves into position to capture this moment. 100% real. 100% them. And that is the trick – is to always be aware of what is going on around you. Even when you think nothing of it. It’s always worth being vigilant.
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Location

Location Name

Masseria San Nicola

Location aDDRESS

Strada Provinciale, SP3, 72015 Fasano BR, Italy

Country

Italy

Location TYPE

Wedding / Event Venue

Equipment

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Flash

None

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

We were fortunate to have our wide-angle lens on and ready to go as the composition we saw worked perfectly with this lens. We placed our couple in the lower middle as we wanted to keep a bit of the sky visible (even though it was blown out – it just adds a bit of breathing room) and to capture even more of those leading lines. Check out the walls – see how some of them converge towards our couple? That’s directing the viewer’s eyes and attention straight to our couple. The subjects. The highlight of the image.

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Tags

Center Framed Lower Thirds Leading Lines Full Body

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Couple

Focus description

Our focus was immediately on our couple for this shot. We simply moved our focus point over them (we didn’t mind who) and let it lock on. Because this was a wide lens, it’s a lot more forgiving with the unintended depth of field and focus.

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Shutter Speed

1/160

Aperture

f/2

ISO

400

White Balance

Auto

Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &
Exposure

How the light was used

For the last part of the couple shoot, we moved to the top of these roofs to catch the last bits of the sunset before it vanished. Our couple just so happened to sit in an area that was shaded from the sunset, meaning the light was soft. Regardless of what position they would have been in.

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Tags

Soft Light Natural Light Sunset

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

The edits are made to be warmer with a big focus on skin tones and light play with shadows and highlights. A few minor local adjustments were made (Gradient and Brush) as well as finishing off with a fine layer of grain. The whites are not blown out nor are the blacks 100% crunched.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The main challenge we faced here was not disturbing our couple. This moment was delicate, and we didn’t want them to suddenly realize we had a camera on them causing them to stiffen up or lose that connection they had.

Solutions I found

We stayed absolutely silent. We didn’t say anything at all. We just raised the camera, exposed, focused and then fired away. Of course, they heard the camera’s shutter and looked up at us, but we had the shot already. We just gave them a huge smile and a big thumbs up to let them know we just nailed a killer shot. Needless to say, they were just as stoked as we were.

Advice

The main piece of advice we keep giving people when it comes to capturing moments is to always be on the lookout. Is to keep your eyes open because the moment you look away, that’s when something happens that you miss and wish you could have been ready for.

Another tip and piece of advice is that you can always tell your couple to take a few minutes break just by themselves (you can say you need to gather your thoughts or visions). This works in a lot of ways since being photographed can be quite tiring. Your couple may even be relieved to have a few moments to just breathe. Take that opportunity to be a ninja and pay attention for a sweet little gesture from either of them to capture.
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Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

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