• almost kiss
  • calm
  • Center Framed
  • Close up
  • foreheads touching
  • Front Lit
  • Hand on her
  • heads together
  • intimate
  • Intimate Framing
  • Moody
  • Natural
  • Natural Light
  • Soft Light
  • Tattoos

The story behind the image

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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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Describe how you spoke to 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.

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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.

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Tone of Directions



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.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

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.

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Focus Mode

Continuous Autofocus

Focus POints

Multi Point

Focused on

groom face

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Sigma 35mm f/1.4
1/1600 @ f/2.8 ISO500 WB-Auto

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

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.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

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.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightrooom Classic


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.

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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.

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Location Name

Villa Mandacaru

Location aDDRESS

Estrada Municipal Augusto Zanoni Jardim Emicol, Itu - SP, 13312-830

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue



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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