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Our concept was to create something that was beyond an ordinary styled shoot and that was an expression of us and what we believe in. Weddings can be very deep, and we wanted to show this through the real connection between a couple with its strong essence and presence. We called this project “Meraki” and it was full of everything we had always wanted. So much so that we pretty much forgot to even direct our couple as they were just so natural together.

We are always looking for authentic moments in our sessions and the best way to do this is to talk to the couple, get to know them and their personalities, and ALWAYS play music. We always give our couple space to be themselves and slowly they start to trust us more.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

We turned on some really chilled but sexy music and simply asked them to forget about everything thats happening and to only focus on the moment together as a couple. We encouraged them to really show each other how much they loved each other.

What did you say?

Forget about us, and just listen to the music. Be present in this moment and show each other just how much you love each other.

How did you compose your image?

We always center our subjects in the middle, ALWAYS. And in this shoot, we decided to go for a more intimate, close-up feel. We decided to shoot in portrait to eliminate the background and focus only on the couple which helps to convey the intimacy of the shot.

How and what did you focus on?

Focusing was very simple for this shot as we just focused on the groom’s face and waited for him to move his hand, so we could get a clear shot. We shoot in continuous autofocus mode as we move around our couple and we want this focus to constantly be tracking.


How did you use the light in your image?

It was a very cloudy day which meant the light we had was very soft and easy to work with. There was also a big flower arrangement which was in the middle of the trees which also blocked a bit more light from hitting our couple. It was a pretty dimly lit scene, but still bright enough for us to have a decent exposure.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Canon 5D Mark IV


Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4





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How did you edit your image & what did you use?

We usually shoot all our images underexposed. We applied our preset (Meraki) and adjusted the exposure, then we reduced the whites on the tone curves to look more “creamy”, then we cropped the image because we shot the image wider than we initially wanted, added some grain and reduced a little the overall saturation.

Software Used

Adobe Lightrooom Classic

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What challenges did you face?

Since the couple was a pair of models who were not actually together, it was a bit challenging to get an authentic connection between the two.

How did you solve them?

Normally we spend some time with our couples before the shoot getting to know them and finding ways for them to trust us. But in this case, we just had to tell our models to, as best as they could, show love to each other.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Always look for the real connection between couples, even if they are NOT a couple, like in this example. Always put more effort into creating a connection over just using prompts, and feelings over poses. The results are always better!

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Hi, we are Daniel and Carol, the Paraguassus! Passionate about people, life and movement. Avid to find the real meaning of things and the essence of what really matters. We see photography as a means of doing this. Married for 9 years, parents of Gabriel and Alice, Christians and crazy about travel and life. Photographing is not just our profession, it is our lifestyle.

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