• 8 person group
  • Indoors
  • Soft Light
  • Sitting
  • Rule of thirds
  • Playful
  • Natural Light
  • Mid range
  • Laughing
  • Indoor
  • Bridesmaids
  • Hotel
  • Group Photo
  • Girls
  • Funny
  • Free
  • Energetic
  • Couch
  • Center Framed
  • Window Light

The story behind the image

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During the getting ready part of the day, one of the first things we do when we arrive is scout the room and already “pre-plan” where and what we are going to shoot. It really helps when things start rolling and time starts running out. We saw a large couch in the room that was also close to a big window. We immediately knew that we could use this for group photos and even parts of the final touches for the bride. By scouting ahead, we also noticed that there was a big picture on the wall just behind. This picture was quite distracting as it was full of colors and so we made sure to remove it before shooting. It’s really important to learn to see these things before you start shooting as removing them from your photos afterward can be incredibly tiresome and sometimes not even possible.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We had our bride site in the middle of the couch and the girls to all place themselves around her. We even had two girls sit on the backrest just behind our bride. Our goal with this was to “circle” our bride with her bridesmaids. We asked them all to look at each other, and then to look at the next “each other” and kept doing this until it became rather hilarious. Ultimately, we wanted to get them all close and laughing and having a genuinely great time together.

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What did you say?

“Alright girls, we want you to look at each other. Doesn’t matter who. Ok, now look at the next person! Go on! And again!”

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We loved the genuine laughter and fun these girls were having together and so we moved quite a bit closer so we could fill the frame with all of the girls and really bring emphasis to this moment they were having.

With our bride in the center and in her dress, she stands out amongst the rest and the girls compliment the scene by leaving no gaps around our bride.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Focusing in group photos is not always too hard and a piece of advice we always give is to focus on the bride. Especially if you are shooting in single point auto focus. As she is the main point of interest, it’s wise that she is the most focused.

Closing down your aperture also helps in ensuring that everyone will be sharp.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Brides face

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II
1/1000 @ f/4.5 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

Our main light source was a large window to the right of the girls. Being indoors, we had to find a spot that had enough light for us to work with. Just keep in mind that if someone turns their back to the window, their faces will be cast in shadow. In our case, there was quite a bit of light bouncing around the room which helped fill the shadows.

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Light Type

Natural Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit 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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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


The main challenge here was being “loud” enough to get the girls to hear us. They were so much fun and had such a great time together that our little directions sometimes got lost.

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This is absolutely normal and nothing to worry about – just keep trying and eventually someone will hear you. The last thing you want to do is act like a school teacher and shout. Let the girls have fun and time your directions in the quieter slots.

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Location Name

Hotel des Trois Couronnes

Location aDDRESS

Hotel des Trois Couronnes, Vevey, Switzerland

Loation Type




Always take a few moments before you start to scout the location (and doesn’t just have to be the getting ready location). Being prepared and knowing what to expect can really make all the difference between a stressed out period and a smooth workflow.

Try have your girls position themselves around your bride and not to leave too much empty spaces between them. Get them close and encourage them to have fun with each other.

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