• Back lit
  • Natural Light
  • Sunset
  • Soft Light
  • slow dance
  • Shade
  • Roots Presets
  • road
  • Rim Light
  • Natural
  • calm
  • Leading lines
  • kissing
  • intimate
  • harsh sunset
  • Harsh Light
  • Golden hour
  • full body
  • Center Framed
  • tree

The story behind the image

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One of the many awesome things about this career of being a wedding photographer is that you get to meet some really incredible people. People that you just “connect” with on all levels and it doesn’t take much for you to be able to look at them as more than just clients, but as friends.

Before our couple booked us, they had a few questions that they wanted to ask us before making their decision and since we already really liked each other from our initial phone call, we offered to meet them at a nice outdoor restaurant for lunch & some beers and to go over everything.

We did and it was absolutely great. Not only did we land the booking but more importantly, we really got to know our couple. This meant that on the day, there were no awkward introductions and they fell completely at ease with us working around them. Having this “pre-meeting” is not always possible – but when it is, it’s worth it. It makes everyone feel so much more at home together.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We asked our couple to do a slow dance together, making sure to hold each other close. We encourage them to lean their heads together, to go in for a kiss every once in a while and to “snuggle”. We also made sure that they always had a connection with their arms around each other.

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What did you say?

Hold her close and do a slow dance together. Forget about us and just live in this moment. Your moment. Lean your foreheads together and go in for a kiss whenever you feel it’s right

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Tone of Directions



We had our couple in the middle of the road (private / no cars allowed) to allow the leading lines to guide the viewer’s attention straight to our couple. We also paid careful attention to not let the sun seep in too much as it was incredibly harsh at this moment.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Our focus was on our couple and as they weren’t moving too fast, we didn’t have too much of an issue locking on to them. We moved our single point autofocus over our couple and let the camera find it’s lock. As we moved around them, we kept refocusing for each picture.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Couple

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 50mm f/1.2 L
1/640 @ f/2 ISO640 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

As the sun was incredibly harsh at this moment, we didn’t want to let it dominate the frame or blast our couple. We did however position ourselves and our couple to hide the sun behind a tree, but to also let our couple stand just slightly in the light. We did this because we then got a beautiful rim light around the back of our couple which helps separate them from the background.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day


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 we had here was finding the balance between too much backlight and not enough. We also had to keep an eye on where our couple would move during their slow dance as they could take one step in the wrong direction and throw off the exposure & light.

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It helps to show our couple exactly what we mean by taking a few fun test shots and then showing them the back of the camera. That way they understand just what we’re going for and can adapt accordingly. We also asked them not to move too much from their spot just to be safe.

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Location Name

Gut Dietersberg

Location aDDRESS

Gut Dietersberg, Dietersberg 1, 92539 Schönsee

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue



It’s not always possible to meet your couple in person before their wedding, but if they happen to be in the area and you all really like each other – it’s always a good idea! This means that when you see each other on their special day, things should flow much smoother between you all. And who knows? You may even walk away with a new pair of really good friends.

Harsh sunset light can be a challenge, but don’t be afraid to try something new. Learning to hide the sun, mask it, or even use a bit of it can create some wildly cool photos. As with everything, it just takes a bit of practice and then you’ll start to be able to predict how the image will come out based on what light is happening.

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