the Shoot

Location Equipment
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When it came time to start shooting, we were a little early on the “sun clock”. We normally would have waited a bit until it had dropped below something to give us that gorgeous soft golden light, but as to not rush everything and allow time for our couple to warm up – we started shooting a bit before all that happened.

We are totally not against shooting into the light and do quite enjoy it. In this particular case, we made sure to have the sun directly behind our couple and then position ourselves so the flowers (and part of the couple) intersected with the sun. 

We did this for a couple of reasons; to create a beautiful flare over the couple and to help out camera find its focus. Shooting into the light can often be challenging for your camera to find the focus as everything becomes very hazy and washed out.
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Location Name

Sankt Peter-Ording

Location aDDRESS

Sankt Peter-Ording, Germany



Location TYPE

Beach / Coastal



Canon 5D mark IV




Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Energetic Playful Kissing


We had actually just finished with a pickup shot where our groom had lifted his bride up off the ground. This was taken shortly after as he put her back down, and so the directions only followed what we had told them prior to this shot.

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What was said

Careful when you put her down! Don’t drop her and make sure you hold on! And go in for that kiss!

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Why I composed the way I did

We chose to shoot this image in portrait since we wanted to make sure we had enough space to include the sun in the frame while also keeping the couple full body. We had them in the center of the image to bring immediate attention to them while also trying to align the sun just behind the couple.

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Rule of Thirds Leading Lines Full Body


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Couple

Focus description

Since this was shot directly into the sun, it was a bit tricky to find the focus. What we did was position ourselves so the couple completely blocked the sun, we found our focus, and then slightly moved back to our original composition.

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Shutter Speed






White Balance


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

How the light was used

We wanted to shoot into the light, so to achieve this we had our couple stand between us and the sun. We did this to firstly create a flare on our couple as the sun was still quite high and strong, but also to help create a backlight to separate them from the background.

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Back lit Bright Natural Light Afternoon

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

The edits of the image started with applying our protea preset and getting our white balance and exposures right. We adjusted the exposure, contrast, shadows, highlights, and clarity to help with this. Once we liked our tones and were happy with the overall edit, we went in and used the clone tool to remove the fence.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

Focusing was the hardest part of this whole image was our couple had just come from a very ‘motion-oriented’ moment and with the sun flaring right into our camera, we did find it struggled quite a bit.

Solutions I found

We tried our best to position ourselves quickly in such a way that our couple blocked the sun so we could focus and then just as fast move back to our original composition.


When you have your couple do something that has a lot of movement, don’t stop shooting until they are completely done with it. You may just find sneaky little moments that happen right at the end that can be an absolute killer of a shot.

Another method of trying to focus while shooting into the sun is to block the sun temporarily with your hand, get your focus, and then remove your hand. It helps to practice this a bit though as it can be quite tricky.
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Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

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