Photographed by Nina & Darek

Story

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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Directions

CalmGentleHand movementsNatural

Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
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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“Can you move your hand up and down a bit, so I can try to catch the natural movement? “
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Composition

Center FramedClose UpIntimate Framing

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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Start with one wide master shot of each scene, however, remember that to tell a story you will need lots of detailed photos which can later beautifully work together as a blog post or Instagram post. Take a closer look at what’s happening and exaggerate it by composing your photo narrower than you think you need to.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on Hands/bouquet Single Shot Autofocus
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.
Light & Weather

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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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Equipment & EXIF

1/320 f/2.5 ISO 800 WB 4800K

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic Lit by Film Color Preset

Software used:

 

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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This image was edited with

Lit by Film Color Preset

Challenges & Solutions
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.

Location

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment Poland

Stachowska Pracownia, Poznań

Drużbackiej 1, 60-745 Poznań

Final tips & Advice

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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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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