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Love Forever. Wedding portrait

I took this image to evoke the emotion of closeness and love. I enjoy a high crop like this to convey that feeling. We were inspired for this shoot by the Black Lives Matter movement during covid and wanted to do a styled shoot showcasing people of color. The shoot was challenging because the venue wouldn’t let us in until close to sunset so we only had about 20 minutes of good light before it got dark. But we went on top of a rock with maximum light to make it work. We ran through tons of poses in quick succession to get what we needed and I had these two running around all over the place. I like to give good fast direction so it doesn’t take very long to set up the shots I want. I hadn’t shot with many people with this dark of complexion and there was worry my style would be too dark. On the contrary I think it really brought out the richness in their skin tones and works quite well. In hindsight I probably would have liked to have a reflector for a bit of fill light but luckily Lightroom saves the day. All in all, I love the image. It was very well received and shared all over the world. Great success.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I told the models to stand face to face as close as they could and put their foreheads together and close their eyes. I also wanted to showcase her ring so I asked that they closed their hands together with hers on top. I think it worked really well. Super easy pose while still being impactful.

What did you say?

Ok, guys get face to face.. awkwardly close until you are cross-eyed. Get your hips closer together “leave no room for Jesus”. Clasp your hands together with hers on top between you close to your chins. Now close your eyes and take a breath.

How did you compose your image?

I framed this image so the jewelry was featured while also giving a really romantic feeling at the same time. Composition wise I think I followed the rules pretty well. The hands are more of a feature than the faces but it works well. My goal was to portray intimacy and strength. I wanted the whole frame to be filled to give that feeling of closeness. To almost give you viewing the photo that feeling of what it is like to be that close to someone you love.

How and what did you focus on?

I was focusing on the ring but It was more over the hands and the faces. It was autofocus centre focus recomposed. I always shoot center focus and recompose. It’s just the way I like to do it. Some people move their focal point of let the camera choose. I find the center focus point to be the strongest and I enjoy shooting wide open to I find it the most reliable.


How did you use the light in your image?

It was diffused sunlight at golden hour. But there was a lot of smoke in the air due to forest fires. The sun was behind them and a little bit to the right. I used the light like this because it was soft and the location was faint towards the good view. The backside of the park has houses and isn’t as nice to look at. I got the results I was hoping for with this shot. I ideally would have liked some sun flare but the smoke was acting as a giant diffuser.

Love Forever. Wedding portrait

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Sony A7 III


Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4





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Love Forever. Wedding portrait

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

I used my own preset in Lightroom which is pretty warm and rich. There I made a few adjustments on the HSL and tone curve while paying attention to the overall skin tones. I used the brush tool to lighten their faces and smooth the skin to help make things a little less distracting. Finally, I cloned out some blemishes as well.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic


Personal Presets

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What challenges did you face?

The only thing challenging was running out of light because we got so behind and not having the equipment available to properly light it once the sun was gone. Luckily it turned out good and the Lightroom tweaks helped a lot.

How did you solve them?

I prefer to only use natural light if I can get away with it. So just starting earlier would of helped. And making those final Lightroom tweaks really just saved the day.

Love Forever. Wedding portrait

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

I learned to watch the time and have a backup fill light available even if I don’t think I will need it. Overcame massive time crunch and did the whole portrait section of the shoot in 20 minutes. I think other photographers will have no problem recreating this shot it is a very simple pose and I always find it lovely. I make people do this pose a lot for weddings and engagements as a way to show off the ring.

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Photographer from Vancouver Island Canada. Specializing in natural light photography. Lover of nature and all things romance.

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