Photographed by Olga Polo Weddings


This photo was taken at one of my regular engagement sessions. I always turn the music on to create a special atmosphere at the shoot and at that time I wanted to create something unique, peaceful but very intimate at the same time I wanted to tell the story between two loving people. I think it was one of the romantic Sade’s songs that brings intimate vibes to the session. When people hear beautiful music it reflects on their mood. I asked the couple to be as close as possible mentally and physically, feeling the breath of each other, close their eyes and just hear the music and soaking in melody.

I learned that sometimes if you are not giving direction to the couple, magic happens. They are who they are, they are no pretending to be someone else. It’s good sometimes to step out of control and let the emotions fly. The lovely place I shot at was the Tupelo House above the play records store. Nobody was there, just 3 of us and our energy. Before I got this shot I tried a few different angles from different perspectives.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
I told my couple to stay as close as they can to each other so that there is no gap between their bodies, to close their eyes, feel the skin of each other, listen to their breath, hold hands and feel the energy. Listen to the music and soak into it.
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“Could you close your eyes and feel the music? Try to stay as close as you can. Closer. Closer. CLOSER…”
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Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedClose Up

The composition was about beautiful lines. The girl in the picture is absolutely gorgeous, but I wanted to focus on her neck and lips. I am always attracted to lips and I believe it’s a very sexual element. It’s not centered and almost on the “rule of thirds”, so lines lead to lips. The boy in front of is out of focus which gives a great perspective and depth perception.
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Try and have out-of-focus elements in the foreground as well to add layers of depth and perception


Single Point Focused on Lips Continuous Autofocus
I typically use live-view, it’s a great Sony option, I used to be a Canon user but when I switched to Sony I use live-view 90% of shooting time, it’s very convenient. I mostly use AC focus mode. I’m focusing on the subject typically and then relocating the focus point depending on composition.
Light & Weather

Directional LightWindow LightNatural Light

I used window light and had the couple directly in front of it. It’s all-natural light though, and It was a gloomy rainy day and even though the couple was in front of the window, I had to bump my iso up to 640, I typically try to shoot with iSO 100-200, but this time it was too dark outside. Using window light in a room creates a really beautiful, soft light on your subjects and keeps some shadows visible which adds to the drama and dimensions of the subjects.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/200 f/1.4 ISO 640 WB Auto


Sony A7R III


Sony 35mm f/1.4


Adobe Lightroom Classic Custom Preset

Software used:


Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop

It’s a custom preset. The main adjustment was the white balance and exposure. I bumped the exposure a little bit up to brighten the image as well as playing with shadows and highlights. I try to shoot with minimal post-processing, so typically the raw images are not that far from the edited one. I typically start editing in Lightroom and then go to Photoshop to get rid of skin imperfections and blemishes. I used a frequency separation for skin retouch.
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This image was edited with

Custom Preset

Challenges & Solutions
Couples are different and the challenge is to know what type of person is in front of you and find the boundaries.


Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment United States


122 W Loveland Ave, Loveland, OH 45140

Final tips & Advice

I called this image “Intimacy without too much skin showing. It’s rare nowadays.” I wanted to show it’s absolutely unnecessary to be naked to show the intimate moments. It’s all inside us and my goal as a photographer is to show it in a unique way. You can see people without clothes with absolutely no connection and my goal was to show that intimacy is not all about being naked.
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Olga Polo Weddings

Photographer United States of America Sony 7riii 35 mm 1.4
Hi! I’m Olga. Born and raised in Russia. I am a full-time wedding photographer. I’m 30-ish years old, a travel bug and I’m inspired by everyday love stories, traveling to new places, stepping outside my comfort zone, and meeting new people. I’m a 3 on the Enneagram, I like my hot tea any weather and if I’m your wedding photographer, I WILL DANCE with you at least one time during your reception. I strongly believe that photos should make you feel and I want you to remember vividly, how it felt.
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