the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Just after we had done the normal getting ready shots, the groom lead us through this awesome building and pointed out how cool the kitchen was with all the brass pots and pans hanging about. We completely missed this room when doing our usual location scout as it was behind a closed, locked door and we aren’t ones to just intrude.

That being said, we totally wanted to grab a few shots with him in the room as we still had a bit of time to kill. We told him to go in so long, poor himself a bit of gin/whiskey (can’t remember) and hang out while we do our quick location scout test.

While chilling, and sipping away at his drink – we grabbed this frame. Nothing was said to him. He just naturally lent on the kitchen counter and waited for us to do our thing. It’s a cool moment as it also shows the ‘calm before the storm’. Sometimes these little unplanned moments are just too awesome to ignore and can really help build the story.
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Location Name

Quinta da Penalva

Location aDDRESS

Quinta da Penalva, Sintra, Portugal



Location TYPE




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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Why I composed the way I did

We really wanted to keep as much of the room decoration in the picture but at the same time not loose the attention towards the groom. So we chose to shoot in portrait to allow us more vertical real estate and to limit how much of the rest of the room made it in the image. We also tried to frame our groom in the gap of the shelves ( happened by chance) as it created a mini-frame around him.

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Center Framed Wide Full Body


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Groom's Face

Focus description

The focusing was very straight forward; we simply moved our single focus point over the face of our groom and let the camera lock on. Even though we did shift ourselves slightly between shots to fine tune the composition, we didn’t really struggle landing focus.

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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

The room was relatively dark, considering it was a full clear day outside. There were two windows on either side of the kitchen counter where our groom leant. It was by chance that he found this spot to hang out on, and so we didn’t really need to move him according to the light.

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Soft Light Window Light Natural Light Indoor

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

Editing this image was pretty easy – all we did was add in our starting preset (Protea) and then adjusted the white balance to get the skin tones we liked, adjusted the exposure sliders until we got the mood and tones to our liking and finally did a simple scour of spot removing with the clone tool (removed some dish soap by the sink). Finally, we added a radial adjustment to create a manual vignette around our groom which brings even more attention to our groom.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

A challenge with this shot was being ready to take the picture in time before he decided to move. We didn’t want to disturb him or even catch his attention as what he was doing was just perfect.

Solutions I found

In this situation, keeping quiet and just shooting was the key. Without mentioning or saying anything, we moved ourselves into position, set up our exposure and fired away.


Moments like these can happen without any warning and it really boils down to just being ready for anything as well as luck. Pure and simple. Not every shot has been carefully, creatively and meticulously planned for. A lot of the times it’s just the stars and moon aligning and luck happening. And thats okay – we all get lucky sometimes.

But how do you increase your chances of being lucky? Well, being agile, fast and experienced with your equipment, your style and your vision. And this takes time; so don’t beat yourself up just yet if you’re new. Keep at it, and soon enough you’ll start to see moments before they happen and you’ll see images without needing to hold the camera up to your eye.
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Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

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