Photographed by Nina & Darek

Story

This wedding was something very special for us. We had met our couple way before the wedding day as we shot their engagement session and have a ton of common friends. The groom happens to be the owner of one of the best burger spots in our town so we were beyond excited when we drove to the wedding. It’s always nice to photograph the wedding of people with who you have already met, and have built up a relationship. It makes everything feel and flow so much more smoothly as there is no ‘ice breaking’ needed.

Dorota was dressed in the hotel room of an old manor house which had two medium windows with wooden shutters. The very first thing we did before even the preparations started is close one of the shutters so we have one source of natural light to work with. Then we asked our bride to just do what she normally would do and not to pay attention to us. We played our wedding playlist on a small Bluetooth speaker and began to photograph.
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Directions

CalmHand movementsPlayful

“Wow, that was amazing what you did there. Could you hold the dress like that and move your hands up and down like before?”
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Composition

Center FramedWideOff Center

Shooting through a door is not the only way of framing objects within a frame. Windows works equally as good, and mirrors too. Try to experiment with all of those things and always practice before the job.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Bride Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightDirectional LightWindow LightIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/320 f/2.0 ISO 160 WB 6500K

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic Lit By Film Color preset

This image was edited with

Lit By Film Color preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Hotel Poland

Dworek Jeziorki

Jeziorki 1, 64-113 Jeziorki, Poland

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Nina & Darek

Photographer Poland Canon 5d Mark IV Canon 85 mm 1.4
We had been walking past each other for a year, without really paying attention… It took a choir competition and a trip to the magnificent Riva del Garda where one gorgeous evening we went for a stroll in united mission to find somewhere to eat. That was the moment that changed everything in us and around us – we fell in love. It was 2013 and we have been walking together since. Today, we live a life filled with classical music, pleasures of great comfort food that we shamelessly enjoy from time to time and a good movie on a Friday night. We cannot imagine our home without cats.
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“A cinematographer is a visual psychiatrist, moving an audience… making them think the way you want them to think, painting pictures in the dark.” Gordon Willis

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