• Bright
  • Movement
  • Soft Light
  • Shade
  • Petals
  • Overcast
  • Natural Light
  • natural frames
  • Mid range
  • Center Framed
  • Leading lines
  • Flowers
  • exit
  • Cloudy
  • Close up
  • Ceremony
  • Throwing

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Ceremony exits are always something special to capture; not only for your couple but for you as the photographer. Some of the best moments happen as your couple celebrate their exit from the ceremony and it’s those shots that really capture the essence of their happiness together.

From time to time, you may have an exit which goes by pretty fast and while the music still plays and the guests are still looking onwards to your couple, in those moments you could take advantage of having your couple walk through again.

Of course, just keep an eye on the situation and if everything seems like it will flow naturally, then go ahead and ask your couple to walk through one more time.

This also means you have a second chance to nail the exit and double your photos so you could really grab that frame that is just incredible.

If on the contrary your couple has exited and the guests have started to follow behind them – then just move on and let the moment progress as it would naturally.
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For this “second” exit, we really wanted to make sure we got up close to our couple and framed them so we could bring the attention to their happiness and joy. We crouched slightly so we could get the sticks with the ribbon in the frame as well as our couple’s reactions. We had to be careful to not crouch too low otherwise we would have probably shot up their noses (which isn’t very nice ;) ).

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Just out of habit and pure muscle memory, we use single point auto focus and not any of the smart-focusing modes that would “track” our couple simply because we have had really good success with this method. There is always the risk that something comes in front of your focus point which would trick the “tracking” mode to focus on that instead of your subjects.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Brides face

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II
1/400 @ f/2.2 ISO100 WB-Auto

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

We were fortunate enough to have had an overcast sky during the ceremony which meant that the light we were shooting in was really easy to work with. It was soft, even and didn’t cast any strong shadows or highlights. This also meant we didn’t need to worry about where the sun was in the sky.

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Light Type

Natural Light


Editing Workflow

How did you edit 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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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


Walking backward while trying to shoot a couple during their exit isn’t always easy. You have to be mindful not only of potential hards for you to trip over but of guests who tend to creep in behind you to get the same shot.

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It’s a good idea to have a quick look behind you just before the couple exits the ceremony and make sure that nothing is in your way. If you feel that something is coming up or someone might be there – just quickly turn around and make sure. Politely ask them to stand aside if there is someone.

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Location Name

Wasserschloss Unsleben

Location aDDRESS

Wasserschloss Unsleben, Schloßgasse, Unsleben

Loation Type




If the situation allows it and your couple have gone through the exit pretty fast, don’t hesitate to motivate them to walk through again. It’s a super fun thing for your couple to do and the guests will love the opportunity to cheer them on once more.

Just make sure that it will work naturally. If your couple and the guests have already moved on from the exit, let it be and just go on with the rest of the day :)

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