• afternoon
  • Looking Back
  • Soft Light
  • road
  • Playful
  • Natural Light
  • Movement
  • Looking over shoulder
  • Leading lines
  • Bridal Portrait
  • full body
  • Energetic
  • Dancing
  • Cloudy
  • Center Framed
  • Bride
  • Walking

The story behind the image

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While this image, in particular, doesn’t have the most profound story to talk about; what is pretty noteworthy is just how our style changes over the years. We genuinely love this bridal portrait as it’s full of natural movements and the bride’s smile is just stunning. But the edit we did at the time looked completely different from how we would have edited it now.

That’s when we decided, why not. It’s an awesome shot – let’s see what it looks like when we edit it in our current flow. And voila. We have an image that we are just as proud about now as we were back then, and the coolest thing about going back and re-editing old work? You have a bunch of ‘new’ content to share on IG.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We simply asked our bride to walk up and down the road while occasionally turning back to us with a smile. We told her to have a sort of ‘trot’ in her step; just enough to let the dress bounce slightly but not too much to make her hair fall out of place. We kept the energy levels up, the good mood high and made sure she had a great time.

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What did you say?

So [Bride], I want you to walk to that point over there, and walk back towards us. A few times. Over and over. And while doing it, try and turn and look back at us with that stunning smile of yours. Also, bounce a little when you walk! There you go! Have fun with it! :D Stunning!

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The composition was very straight forward for this shot as we had the road creating natural leading lines directed towards the bride’s face. We had the bride walk in the middle of the road to help find this symmetry with those lines.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We simply moved our single focus point over the face of our bride and kept refocusing between shots. As our bride was moving directly towards us and away from us, we did have to act fast with our refocusing. Alas, we could have used the AF tracking but have had unreliable results in the past, and chose to do it this way.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Bride's face

Equipment &

Canon 5D mark IV
Canon 50mm f/1.2 L
1/250 @ f/1.8 ISO125 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

Being October time in the UK, the sky was completely overcast. This gave us the complete freedom to shoot wherever we liked without needing to pay attention to the sun. The sky becomes this giant soft box so the light is incredibly pleasant to work with. In this particular shot, the sun was just behind us and to the left, and quite high up as this was taken around lunch.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

We started with our protea preset (golden) and tweaked the global exposures to get the tones that we really liked; paying attention to the skin tones primarily. Afterwards, we then added in a few radial filter adjustments to create manual vignettes as well as one specifically to reduce sharpening on the outside of our bride (to add more blur, basically). Finally, we did a bit of dodging and burning to bring our more details while also using a gradient filter to darken the floor slightly.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


The main challenge we had with this shoot was keeping to the time schedule as we were all having so much fun. It’s so easy to get carried away and forget that there’s an actual party happening that the bride and groom should get back to.

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It always helps to have someone pay attention to the time, or at least, set an alarm for about 15 minutes before you need to start heading back. That just gives you a little heads up that the session has to come to an end fairly soon.

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Location Name

Shustoke Barn

Location aDDRESS

Shustoke Barn, Coleshill Road, Shustoke, Coleshill B46 2BL, United Kingdom

Loation Type



United Kingdom

If you’ve noticed that your style has changed slightly over the years, take some time and go back through your old work and see if there’s still some shots that you can try and bring new life into. It’s a great way to generate more content for the social media and you may even find a few gems there that you forgot about entirely.

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