Photographed by Olguin Photography

Story

For this image, I wanted to portray an intimate moment between the couple in an overcrowded room. The main idea was to create a juxtaposition effect, where intimacy meets chaos.

The inspiration came from a painting that I saw many years ago, I cannot remember where I saw it or who the artist was, but it’s in my mind’s eye and I knew exactly what I wanted to achieve. The challenge for this image was to create what I saw in my mind without the couple disappearing in the business of the image so I used light to isolate the couple keeping them in center frame.

The other challenge was hoping that nobody would walk up to the couple when I was taking the photo so I had to be quick.
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Directions

CalmNaturalPlayful

“Ok, I want to create a very different image where nobody is aware that you guys are being intimate in a crowded room. To achieve this we have to move quickly so nobody comes to chat with you, ok? So start talking to and whispering in each other’s ears. Make it look like you’re busy ;)”
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Composition

Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedWide

When composing with windows and walls, try to keep your horizontals and verticals straight. You can achieve this in post.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on the couple Continuous Autofocus
Light & Weather

Harsh LightDirectional LightRim LightDarkMoodyWindow LightNatural LightIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/400 f/1.4 ISO 250 WB Auto

Camera

Sony a7iii

Lens

Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM

Editing

This image was edited with

own preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Hotel Australia

Peppers Manor House Sutton Forest

Kater Road, Sutton Forest NSW

Final tips & Advice

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Olguin Photography

Photographer Sydney, Australia Sony 24mm
I’m a husband, father of 3 and an avid coffee lover. My wife and I both run the business together and we have been since 2009. My wife (Cassie) works on the finance side of the business (the unseen parts) and juggles the three kids when I’m away on weekends shooting weddings (yes, she’s Wonder Woman). Myself (Alejandro) am the primary photographer. I deal with couples directly and I also still do all the editing myself. YES, I actually still enjoy it would you believe!? I really believe the editing is an important part of putting your final touch and creativity into the photos before delivery. Our business started back in 2008/2009 but back then I used to shoot primarily real estate and commercial work for a graphic design agency I used to work for, which then became my main clientele and who I shot for regularly. That slowly started shifting to weddings back in 2013 when I realised how much I LOVED documenting stories and I’ve now been shooting weddings full time since 2015.
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“One should not only photograph things for what they are, but for what else they are.” — Minor White

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