• Barn
  • Leading lines
  • table runner
  • Table details
  • Table
  • Rule of thirds
  • Mid range
  • Low Light
  • Indoor
  • Candles
  • Free
  • Evening
  • Dinner
  • Details
  • Close up
  • Center Framed
  • Table Setting

The story behind the image

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This wedding was styled by an incredibly talented wedding stylist; someone who we had always wanted to work together with on a real wedding and we were over the moon to hear that our couple had booker her to do all the details & styling.

On the day, we made sure to go and introduce ourselves and get to know each other before the start of our coverage. We started photographing little details as they were setting up and doing some “BTS shots” which we later gave them for their own use.

When it came time to photograph the dinner setup – we made sure to get as many beautiful detail shots that we could to not only have for our couple but so we could share them with the vendors and hopefully have them share it too.
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Our main point of interest was the table runner which reached all the way to the ground. We emphasized this by keeping it completely in the frame, and shooting at an angle that allowed the table runner to travel through the image from each side. We also crouched slightly so we could include a bit of the candles & distant setting too.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Since our focus was on the table runner, we moved our single point autofocus over it and let it lock on before firing. The light was a little dim but nothing the camera couldn’t focus in; and since the table wasn’t moving (and we were as still as possible) we didn’t have to rush with it.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The table runner

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 50mm f/1.2 L
1/160 @ f/2 ISO250 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

The main light source was coming just out of the frame and to the left – which was a barn door that was slightly closed to darken the room just enough to let the candles have a bit more ambiance. The candles, while not responsible for lighting the actual table too much, were a great addition to add a bit of romance to the shot.

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Light Type


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 main challenge was finding a composition the balanced the overall image. We found that it could be a bit tricky to get just the way we wanted it. Since there were so many details, it was challenging to find a composition that wasn’t overwhelmed with points of interest.

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We switched our camera to live view for a moment to help find a composition. We moved the camera away from our eye and handheld it while positioning it in varying angles. By doing this, we saw much easier what the final image would look like and could then find the one that works and shoot it from there.

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Location Name

Vila Vita

Location aDDRESS

Eventscheune Dagobertshausen, Im Dorfe 14, 35041 Marburg

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue



When shooting the dinner set up where there are candles, try and get the stylist to turn on the candles. They look so beautiful in the image and really add a lot of life to it.

As much as you should be doing your absolute best for your couple all the time, if there happens to be a vendor that you admire working on the same wedding, go that extra mile and take some pictures that you know they will like and would likely use. It’s a bonus if they share it on their social media, but the real score is building up a relationship with them.

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