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We cannot express enough just how much we love doing After Wedding Shoots over cramming in a couple shoot during the wedding day. Of course, we still take a little moment to capture the couple together on their day – but knowing that we have a full session at a location & time of our choosing is just so darn cool.

We scouted a few spots around where we were in Sicily and happened to find this coastline via Google Maps. We explored the area and instantly fell in love with it. Not only did it offer a ‘playground’ for couple photos, but the light was just perfect for where we wanted to take our couple.

Come the day of the after wedding shoot, and everything worked out perfectly. We started off with some wide shots on a dirt road before heading to the cliffs, and while on this road – the sun was still a tad on the high side. However, we chose to use the sun to our advantage.

We purposely backlit our couple as we knew the flare we would capture as well as the wind in the hair would be awesome, and fortunately, it was. It was a very simple shot, but one that could only really happen if our couple was able to truly relax and trust us.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

After having our couple walk up and down a few times, we had them stop and get real close to each other. We asked the groom to bring his hands up to gently caress her cheeks, and then to move in for an incredibly slow and gentle kiss. Simple.

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What did you say?

Perfect you guys, let’s have you stop here and I want you to get real close to each other. [Groom], bring your hands up and very gently caress her cheeks. Go in for the slowest, most gentle kiss you can and keep your hands moving.

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Tone of Directions



As this shot was full of intimacy, we really wanted to get in close and capture that whole feeling. We filled the frame with our couple while also leaving a bit of room for the sun to peek out behind them which created this gorgeous flare. We had the kiss between the couple fall pretty much in the center of the image as that’s where we wanted the attention to go first.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Generally speaking, shooting into a bright sun with a flare happening can be incredibly tricky for focusing. And to solve this, what we did was hide the sun completely behind the groom by positioning our cameras slightly lower – and then once we found our focus, we repositioned our camera to match the composition we were after – all the while holding the shutter button as to not let the camera lose focus.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Grooms Hair

Equipment &

Canon R5
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II
1/2500 @ f/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

Since the sun was still a bit too high for us to move to the coast, we chose to backlight our couple by having them between us and the sun. Our goal was to capture highlights in their hair via rim-lighting as well as capture a beautiful, hazy sun flare The trick is to let the sun peek out just a little bit from behind your subject.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

To edit this shot, we applied our base protea preset and tweaked the white balance to get the overall warmth that we were after. Since we used a “Mist” filter to enhance the sun, we did lose a bit of detail and edginess – so we brought those back by increasing the clarity slider as well as the dehaze slider. We then played around in the HSL tab just to fine-tune our overall tones as we had to control a bit of the saturations.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


The main challenge we had here was getting the focus just right. We unfortunately didn’t quite nail the focus spot we wanted though.

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The solution was to position our camera so that the sun was completely hidden behind our groom. Once that was done, it was easier to focus – alas, his hair blew in front of the focus point which shifted the focus there instead.

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Location Name

Oasi Gelsomineto

Location aDDRESS

96012 Avola, Province of Syracuse, Italy

Loation Type




One of the best pieces of advice we can give when capturing intimate moments is to not disturb things at all. Only if you absolutely have to; but as best as you can – say nothing. Let them forget about you and just truly ‘be in the moment’. The second you speak or direct them, they are taken out of it.

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