• Back lit
  • calm
  • Center Framed
  • full body
  • Jacket
  • Natural
  • Natural Light
  • Rim Light
  • Rule of thirds
  • Soft Light
  • Sunset
  • Walking

The story behind the image

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When we took our couple out to the couple shoot, we completely underestimated just how cold it would get. Throughout the day the weather was pretty great; sunny, warm, and a light breeze. But that evening, it absolutely lost some degrees.

Throughout the couple shoot, our couple was great. But we could notice that the temperatures were starting to get to our bride; and since giving everyone the best experience possible is one of our core values, we stepped in and checked on her.

We decided to head back towards the party and said that we’d take some shots along the way so that they could get back to the warmth sooner than later. It was at that moment, our groom put his jacket over his bride’s shoulders and offered her warmth. Snap snap baby. Always be ready.
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At this moment, we had our 50mm on our camera and we weren’t too far ahead of our couple – so the composition ended up being tight. This works great because it gives full emphasis to our couple and the sweet moment that they shared.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Since we were walking and wanted to get our angle just right, we quickly switched to live view and composed, focused, and took the picture all in a sequence. We matched the speed of our couple so that we could avoid them falling out of focus if our distances became too great.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Brides Face

Equipment &

Canon 5D mark IV
Canon 50mm f/1.2 L
1/200 @ f/2.2 ISO800 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

When walking back, the sun just so happened to be just behind our couple and to the left, slightly above the horizon. Because it was behind our couple, it naturally lit them from behind allowing us to have soft, smooth shade in their faces (great for skin tones) and it also created an awesome rim light which helps to separate our couple from the background.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day


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


The challenge here was actually seeing how the cold was getting to our bride. sometimes your couple will try their hardest just to push through something but in the end, they may not be having fun.

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it’s so important to ask your couple how they’re feeling, and point out things like “hey, it’s quite cold, right?” so that they feel comfortable agreeing to it. When you see that it’s “too much”, then head back somewhere warmer. The experience is more important than those last few shots.

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Location Name

Gut Dietersberg

Location aDDRESS

Gut Dietersberg, Dietersberg 1, 92539 Schönsee

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue



Sometimes we can look at the work of other photographers and marvel at their skills, and be in wonder as to how they managed to get a certain shot or capture a certain moment. While a lot of it comes down to skill, to experience, to foresight – luck plays a huge, huge role. There’s nothing wrong with being lucky, in fact, it happens to all of us. Beginner and pro. It can also “not happen”. We all go through it. What you can do is just be as prepared & as ready as possible.

Finally, your couple doesn’t only want to have awesome pictures from you, but they want to have fun. They want to remember that moment out with you together and speak about how great it was. Do everything in your power to make that happen. That’s a whole topic in and of itself but trust us, experience matters 100%.

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