• bouquet
  • calm
  • Center Framed
  • Close up
  • Details
  • Directional Light
  • Flowers
  • gentle
  • Hand movements
  • Holding flowers
  • Indoor
  • intimate
  • Intimate Framing
  • Moody
  • Natural
  • Soft Light

The story behind the image

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This Photoshoot with Monica was rescheduled many times. Nina met our model during a photography workshop in 2016. They crossed their paths later in 2021 and decided to meet again on a spontaneous shoot in Poznan. We asked our dear friend Natalia if we can use her atelier and one of her dresses. She said yes, so we spent one cloudy afternoon in one of the most beautiful parts of Poznan.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We were shooting at a beautiful staircase with one window at the courtyard. Nina asked the model to sit on the stairs and to grab a bouquet (also made by our friends from @mowakwiatow). We knew that our model has beautiful hands like almost taken from classical paintings, so we wanted to focus specifically on that. Nina asked her to move her hand back and forth.

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What did you say?

Can you move your hand up and down a bit, so I can try to catch the natural movement?

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Tone of Directions



We always try to keep our compositions simple. Since this shoot was totally for fun, we had so much time to think about each frame. We also made many versions of this shot: horizontal, vertical, wide, narrow, detailed. As said before we were in love with the hand movement so we wanted our composition to enhance that. However, we wanted to keep her lips in the frame because the color compliments the flowers in the bouquet.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

When you control the entire environment of the shoot there is plenty of time to retake, think and focus on what you want to capture. We wanted to enhance the softness of the hand, and the connection of the lips and flowers. We closed the aperture a little bit to have all these elements sharp.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on


Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4
1/320 @ f/2.5 ISO800 WB-4800K

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 used natural light here from a staircase window. It was an overcast day so we did not have to modify or bounce it in any way. It was soft enough which is always something that we are looking for. Our model was sitting so the light was coming slightly from above her head. This created a beautiful play with the highlights and shadows giving our model dimensions and helping her feel very prominent.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

Our Lit By Film preset was used as the color base of this photo. We used a brush tool to darken the corners of the frame so the viewer’s eye will go straight to the subject. Then we opened photoshop to remove distracting stuff like flying hairs, moles, pieces of fabric in the bottom right corner with a stamp tool. We fixed her skin and iron the dress a tiny bit. Then Liquify was applied to even out some lines.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


The biggest challenge was meeting our expectations in some way. Even though the photoshoot was spontaneous and for fun, we always want to deliver something for people involved in it so they can share the results and be proud of it.

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We made a mood board for this photoshoot on Pinterest and brainstorm over some ideas that we would like to bring to life. We constantly review our photos, looking for things that we don’t have in our portfolio and that we would like to have. Having screenshots from Pinterest on our phone is very helpful because we can always check if we have everything that we planned to shoot.

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Location Name

Stachowska Pracownia, Poznań

Location aDDRESS

Drużbackiej 1, 60-745 Poznań

Loation Type

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment



Making your own shoots is a great exercise for your eye and can be possibly beneficial for your business too because you can get in touch with brands that you want to work with later with clients. It could give you a nice boost if you are starting or if you want to go somewhere else with your future work.

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