Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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One of the highlights of our wedding season was photographing this wedding in Finland. Not only was the couple incredibly sweet and were such beautiful people, inside and out – their whole concept of the wedding was on point to what we believe a wedding should be.

Held at the bride’s parents’ farm, they had their ceremony in the garden under a stunning tree with all their friends, families and dogs to witness the event.

We made sure to arrive a day or two before the wedding and go and visit the locations and meet up with the couple. This whole part of being as prepared as we can be has really made us a more professional team of photographers.
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Location

Location Name

Private Home

Location aDDRESS

Vantaa, Finland

Country

Finland

Location TYPE

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment

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

There were so many elements of interest in the whole ceremony exit that we really wanted to bring each of them in for a very compelling image. We framed our couple wide enough to have them full-body while allowing a bit of the over-hanging tree to form a natural frame at the top. This helped balance out the whole frame as our couple we positioned more in the lower 2 thirds.

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Tags

Center Framed Lower Thirds Leading Lines Wide Full Body

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Brides face

Focus description

Our focus on ceremony exits is always on the couple’s emotions and expression. With a wide frame like this, the focus becomes a bit more forgiving in case you misposition it. We did our best to keep the focus point on our brides face while they walked towards us as her enjoyment of the whole moment was really the main goal.

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Shutter Speed

1/1600

Aperture

f/2

ISO

160

White Balance

Auto

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

How the light was used

We were very fortunate with the weather during the ceremony as it only rained very slightly. What that meant was that we had cloud cover which really helped soften the light. This was especially beneficial for us as the ceremony was held under a tree, which lets light through in patches. If that were the case, we would always expose for the brightest part on our couple and brighten things up in lightroom.

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Tags

Soft Light Noon Shade

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

There was no big challenge here other than keeping an eye out for what was behind us. As we are shooting towards our couple, we had to be aware of any stairs, rocks or obstacles that could potentially trip us / hurt us / break our equipment.

Solutions I found

We always scout the locations and when it comes to the ceremony part, we keep an eye out for our “route” for when the couple exit. While we were shooting, we also very quickly turned around to check where we were and what was coming up. It’s sometimes very easy to get lost in the moment and forget that something potentially dangerous is coming up behind you.

Advice

Always do a location scout before a wedding. It not only makes you feel more prepared, but it also helps you plan for things in advance that may have caught you by surprise.

When location scouting, don’t just focus on where you will take your couple for their shoot- but actually go to the ceremony venue, the reception venue (if different) and the getting ready places (if possible). Knowing where everything is before the starts is a huge stress-reliever and helps you more than it helps anyone else.

If you have a ceremony where you have a bunch of beautiful elements, try taking a few wide shots to capture everything in there. Even if they aren’t completely in the frame, sometimes just a bit is enough to give the idea that it exists.
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Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

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