Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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One of the best ways to get your name out there to other potential brides is to have vendors share your work. Whether it is florists, hair stylist, venues and even the dress maker. If you happen to have some killer shots of their work, they are more than likely going to share it on their social media with a link to you.

In this case, we wanted to emphasis the details of our brides dress as well as her hair styling. This image is not only beautiful for our couple to have, but it was also one of our most shared photos by the vendors.

Needless to say, that even with a simple close up detail photo like this one – we got a lot more exposure and through this and easily reached more brides.

Whether you are doing the bridal portraits or during the couple shoot, try focus in on the details of your bride and groom. They make for stunning images and can really be something beautiful for your couple.
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Location

Location Name

ConneKT Technology Park

Location aDDRESS

ConneKT 1, 97318 Kitzingen, Germany

Country

Germany

Location TYPE

Garden / Field

Equipment

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Flash

None

Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Calm Holding Each other Intimate

Description

We had our couple get really close to each other with our bride having her hand up to caress her grooms cheek. We asked them to just “love” each other here, and to completely go with the flow. Even forgetting about us. One quick tip we also did was have our bride turn her head slightly so we could capture a bit of her side profile.

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What was said

Hold each other close and bring your hands up to his cheek. Caress him gently and really show him you love him. Turn your head slightly to your left side and just forget about us.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

Framing this shot was a key factor in making it a compelling detail shot. We filled the frame mostly with our bride’s dress details but also made sure to keep her hair styling and details in frame too. We wanted the focus to be on the details first, and then to our couple and what they were doing.

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Tags

Center Framed Close Up Intimate Framing

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Brides shoulder

Focus description

We focused on the beautiful lace details of the dress so that we could bring emphasis to them as the key feature of the image. As we had the dress details and the hair styling on relatively the same focal plain, this also helped keep both sets of details in focus .

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Shutter Speed

1/800

Aperture

f/2.2

ISO

200

White Balance

Auto

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

How the light was used

We took our couple out around sunset so that we could work with really flattering light. The weather wasn’t particulaly clear, nor was it too cloudy. It helped that we were in an area that was surrounded by neutral colors which the light could bounce off of, and being somewhat shaded by the one or two clouds in the sky meant we had really easy light to work with.

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Tags

Soft Light Natural Light Cloudy

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

This was a fairly straight forward shot and we didn’t actually have any major challenges.

Solutions I found

No solutions to share :)

Advice

Never forget that your main role as the wedding photographer is to create incredible images for your couple first. They are the most important people and the ones you should always be aiming to impress. However, if you think you can create a kick ass detail shot that vendors would be able to share, absolutely go for it.

Try different details while your couple are in their pose. Think of the dress, the hair, the jewellery, the make up, the flowers, the hands, the lips and even the eyes. All of these are details and can really compliment your photo story by adding depth to the series.
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Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

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