• arch
  • Moody
  • Wide
  • Vintage
  • symmetrical
  • Shadows
  • running
  • promist
  • Playful
  • old
  • Nina & Darek
  • Natural Light
  • natural frames
  • muted tones
  • Movement
  • legacy presets
  • Bride
  • Leading lines
  • Indoor
  • highlights
  • full body
  • filter
  • entranceway
  • Energetic
  • dress flowing
  • doors
  • Directional Light
  • Dark
  • Dancing
  • corridor
  • Center Framed
  • Window Light

The story behind the image

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Friendships and relationships are the most important things in life to us. Whenever we have a chance to make cool stuff with cool people – we take it right away! The photo you see here was made during a campaign shoot for our beloved wedding gown brand “Stachowska Pracownia”, and if you dig deep to learn something more about us you will probably find out that we photographed Natalia’s wedding back in 2017 and that Natalia and her Mom are responsible for how gorgeous Nina looked on our own wedding day. Having that in mind we could not give any less than 100% during this photoshoot.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

In this photo, you can see Marta prancing around in the gorgeous location of Roztoka Castle. The main idea was to capture the ethereality and lightness of the silk dress. We asked our model to run with grace to catch some air with layers of silk in her hands and we agreed that on command she will turn around. We wanted to catch her doing that specifically in the middle of the beam of light from one of the windows in the hall. We often show our models what we exactly want to achieve ourselves. Looks funny but works and releases the tension if our model is inexperienced.

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What did you say?

We want you to run towards those doors and when I say “turn” I want you to turn around while still running. You can grab some of the dress so you don’t fall by accident.

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Center composition is very powerful. We love how it grabs the attention of the viewer, especially when amplified by perspective lines. What’s interesting to us here is that the model is moving towards the light which is slightly off the center of the frame. We think it enhances the feeling of tension. The movement of the silk was crucial.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Picking the center single point continuous autofocus was the safest and most reliable choice. In shots like this we often follow our model and run with them too. It gives the photo that genuine feel but makes it tricky to execute, so it is good to practice that.

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Focus Mode

Continuous Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

Model's back

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4
1/200 @ f/2.2 ISO1600 WB-5800K

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 only light we used was natural light pouring in from the open doors on the left and a bit from the window directly ahead of our subject. Since it was a rainy and overcast day in November, the light was even softer than usual. This directional light works perfectly here as it adds dimensions to our subject and highlights the movement of her dress as she moved through the light.

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Light Type

Natural Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

Very simple. Our Lit By Film Color preset was applied. We corrected the White Balance to warm everything up a bit. Then we used a brush tool to darken the bottom and left side of the photo to make the dress pop. Then we used a spot healing brush to remove the plate from a door and an electrical outlet from a wall. We also corrected the perspective with the auto-perspective tool within Lightroom.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


It was back in November so there was a short time of daylight to work with and it was freaking freezing. The Castle, even though beautiful, had no working heating installation yet at that spot.

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We had to take many breaks during which our model was warming up near an electric radiator in the make-up room. We used that time to scout the location and pick our next shooting spot.

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Location Name

Roztoka Castle

Location aDDRESS

ul. Zamkowa 3, 58-173 Roztoka

Loation Type




We consulted our vision with the designer many weeks before the photoshoot. We created a mood board and shared inspirations to make sure that we are on the same page. After all, it’s all about the client’s satisfaction. Yes, Natalia is our friend but we still wanted to be professionals and make the whole process as professional as we can.

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