• afternoon
  • broken rules
  • calm
  • Center Framed
  • Directional Light
  • full body
  • Garden
  • holding hands
  • Leading
  • Natural
  • Olive Trees
  • Soft Light
  • Sunset
  • Walking

The story behind the image

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It has become a natural thing for us to capture the walks from A to B with our couple. Especially in these situations, we’ll often end up getting the most authentic images. This moment happened organically as we were making our way back to the Masseria and as we were walking and had a couple of safe shots, we asked the bride to play a bit with her dress. This is a hit or miss as it can also kind of spoil the unposed moment but in this particular case, it worked like a charm as the bride felt so wonderfully comfortable in her dress, which was tailor-made for her. We kept snapping away without any further directions and were super happy with the results featuring this romantic moment amongst those ancient olive trees.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Since we had just finished with the couple shoots, we asked our couple to walk ahead of us and to head back towards the party. While they walked, we let them know that we’d still be taking pictures around them and may throw in a few last little things as we come up with them.

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What did you say?

Alrighty guys, let’s head back. Walk ahead of us as we’ll keep shooting around you. When you walk, [Bride], hold your dress up with your one hand to help get through the field. Don’t worry about us, we’ll be moving around you.

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Tone of Directions



As we were moving around our couple, we wanted to find a spot where we could include part of the olive trees in the frame. Since we wanted to keep our couple completely in the shot as well as having enough space around them to show where they were, we let them get ahead of us just far enough for us to get our composition.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

When the light & moment are right, we often like to switch to live view as it helps us better understand the composition we are getting while also being more flexible in how we can adjust our angles. The focus in our live view was set to the middle square of the frame which was easy enough to track over our couple.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

On the bride

Equipment &

Canon 5D mark IV
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II
1/320 @ f/2 ISO100 WB-Shade

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

By this point, the sun had already set well below the buildings surrounding the olive tree farm which meant we had quite a bit of time with soft, warm light. On the way back, we planned to have them walk in such a way that the light was hitting them from the side so we could create an image that had a play between highlights & shadows; which adds dimensions to everything in the image making it a bit more striking.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

We applied our Protea Preset to the image and adjusted our exposure, white balance, and contrast settings to get the tone and feel we were after. We then added in a few radial adjustment filters to enhance the light as well as bring a bit more attention to our couple by darkening the edges.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


Since we were already on our way back, our couple were focused on getting back to the party (and for good reason and to total expectation). This did mean that we were a bit limited in what we could ask from them at this point. We didn’t want to keep stopping them along the way and become annoying.

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We simply let them have their moment while walking back and took our shots from a distance. We threw in a few little suggestions like holding the dress up here and there but apart from that – this was their time now and we didn’t want to take it away from them.

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Location Name

Masseria San Nicola

Location aDDRESS

Strada Provinciale, SP3, 72015 Fasano BR, Italy

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue



It’s been said over and over again, but don’t stop shooting. Even when you’re done with the couple shoot and your couple are heading back to the party – keep shooting. You can capture such awesome moments and even if nothing spectacular happens; it’s a logical transition in the storytelling when you deliver the images.

When letting your couple walk ahead of you, keep moving around them, and find different angles. You’ll soon start to see compositions and moments before they happen and can get yourself into a position to let it happen organically.

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