• Arms around each other
  • Natural Light
  • Window
  • Wide
  • Soft Light
  • Serious
  • Rule of thirds
  • Reflection
  • Paraguassu
  • off center
  • Moody
  • Back lit
  • Middle Thirds
  • Leading lines
  • Indoor
  • holding each other
  • full body
  • Dark
  • cuddling
  • calm
  • Backlit
  • Window Light

The story behind the image

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This was the first bigger and more elaborate editorial that we did and with many partners that we dreamed of working with. We lived in another state and to receive this invitation to come to São Paulo to do this work with so many super cool people was too special!

We had some particularities in it: it was the first time we directed a couple of models (who, despite being a real couple, already knew how to position themselves and were ‘kind of ready’). For our style of photography, this is complicated because our main objective is to capture the essence of people and not just ready-made poses.

To get to know Villa Mandacaru, this barn… to photograph a NatKat dress and Bohemian decoration was much more than a dream, so we gave our all in this work, trying to see the intimate of each partner and especially of the couple.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

In general, our direction is very intense and with a lot of movement. The pictures we did before this one were very energetic and this was the moment we simply asked them to stop, breathe, and look at the beautiful place they were in.

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What did you say?

I want you to take a break and relax right now, just breathe and feel each other’s presence, look at the beautiful place we are in, and feel it.

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Tone of Directions



We chose this frame mainly because of the uniqueness of the location. This window is very characteristic of the barn, and as it has a triangle shape on top, we chose to shoot it in portrait. We also like the separation of the inside from the outside, and this location was perfect for this. We decided to put the reflection in the center along with the barn triangle, just to create this contrast and more strength in the photo.

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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We had a little challenge with the focusing because we chose to focus on a middle ground, between the couple and the reflection, and since the photo is backlit, it was a little difficult to find the focus point.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

Between the couple and the reflection

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 50mm f/1.2 L
1/1250 @ f/1.6 ISO1250 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

Since we were photographing inside the barn and saw a beautiful ray of light near the window on the couple, we decided to shoot very underexposed and looked for an exposure that would enhance the reflection and the outside as well.

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Light Type

Natural Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

We edited the image with our preset “Paraguassu Meraki”, and as we always shoot underexposed, it was pretty much done! But since the reflection was not in the center, we also edited it in photoshop to move the reflection to the center for a better composition.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightrooom Classic


Finding a backlight point that could enhance the couple and the location to create an amazing composition.

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We were able to adjust everything pretty much, but the reflection was not fitting into the composition, so we had to make the change in photoshop.

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Location Name

Villa Mandacaru

Location aDDRESS

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

Loation Type




We may not always have the perfect conditions to create an image that we have in our minds, as was our case, but we should look for opportunities where we can do some manipulation in photoshop to better the composition and always train our eye to be able to find and build strong images.

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