the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Often times when photographing the bridal portraits, we make it a habit to explore our bride and look at all the details of her dress, her jewellery, her flowers, her make up and her hair. We do this because those are details that are important to our bride; she spent a significant amount of time choosing everything and then getting dressed in it all.

One of the shots we love to start with when moving for the details is one where the Bride is in motion. We always start with something very simple; holding the dress up and moving it side to side. Just to get a bit of momentum (not just in the dress but in the flow of the shoot). We really love the way that movement can portray emotion, even if it’s subtle.
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Location Name

Private Home

Location aDDRESS

Vantaa, Finland



Location TYPE

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment



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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Energetic Hand movements Playful


We simply asked our bride to hold her dress and sway it side to side while also moving her hips with the flow. Gradually we encouraged even more movement and energy to bring a bit more life to the movement as well as to make the whole shoot that much more fun.

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What was said

Awesome [Bride], lets have you hold your dress out with one hand and flowers in the other and I want you to sway it from side to side! Thats it! Move your hips too – like you’re dancing with your dress. Really love your dress! There you go! Keep it going!

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Why I composed the way I did

Our goal with this shot was to show the dress and the way it flows down from the waist. We chose to tilt our camera down rather than lower ourselves as we found that the angle (much like selfies with a phone) is more flattering. We had our bride be in the middle of the room surrounded by the furniture; which although not symmetrical, does create a natural frame around our bride.

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Center Framed Leading Lines Mid Range


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Live View Single Shot

Focused on

The Bride's body

Focus description

Focusing was very easy to do here though we did use live view simply to help with our composition. We had set the focus box to the center, placed it over our bride, and let it lock on.

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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 naturally was quite well lit and bright as the room was painted white and we had two large windows to work with. We had our bride stand in the middle where the window on our left would light her up from the front, and the window behind her would create a gentle rim light (though not so visible here).

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Soft Light Directional 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

To edit this shot, I applied our Protea presets and then tweaked the exposures to get the overall mood I wanted. I paid careful attention to the highlights of the dress as I didn’t want them to blow out or become too dull. Once I was happy with the overall tone (white balance shifted too), I brushed in some highlights on the dress (dodging) and darkened some shadows (burning). I then added in a manual vignette by using the radial filter to help isolate our bride. I also added a gradient filter to the floor and removed a few distractions with the spot removal tool.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The only challenge we had was when we arrived in the room, there was quite a bit of furniture set up and so since we definitely knew we wanted to shoot here at some point, we had to move everything.

Solutions I found

We firstly asked permission from the Bride as this was her Family home, and after receiving the approval we gently and careful moved some furniture out of the way so we had an easier time to photograph our bride later.


Try not to forget about the bridal details – especially when she is wearing them. We personally find that photographs of the details when the bride is actually wearing them has a lot more meaning and impact than them alone. But, that is purely a preference and in no way the “only correct way”. Try it out and form your own opinion on it.
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Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

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