the Shoot

Location Equipment
The inspiration for this photo was the work of René Magritte (the lovers) we used two pillow covers to cover the couple’s face, I used a window light and a 50 mm tilt shift lens to emphasize the kiss.
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Location Name

Campo Mourão - Paraná

Location aDDRESS

Av. Luiz Xavier, 68 - Centro, Curitiba - PR, 80020-020, Brazil



Location TYPE




Nikon Z5




50mm tilt shift manual

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
It was all very calm when taking this picture as I had the inspiration in my mind already – and just needed to direct the couple to get close enough to how I was envisioning it.
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Tone of Directions


Action of Directions



I asked the couple to hold each other and go in close for a kiss. Since their faces are blocked by the pillow covers, what’s left is just their actions and having them hold each other, passionately, it fills in the gap that is missing from the emotions on their faces. Actually getting them to do this was simple and I just asked them to hold each other really meaningfully and go in for a kiss.

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What was said

Hold each other really meaningfully, use all your emotions and kiss very slowly.

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Why I composed the way I did

I chose to photograph this on a white background as it complimented the white pillows and isolated the couple. This simplicity and minimalism then brings the viewer to explore what the couple are doing and to give emphasis on the way they hold each other, and how they are going in for that kiss.

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Compositional Rules

None / Simple

Compositional Framing

Center Framed Close Up


Focus mode

Manual Focus

Focus Technology


Focused on


Focus description

Working with a tilt-shift lens can be challenging and it only gets easier with practice. Being a manual lens, there is no autofocus. Through experience and trial and error, I managed to get the focus exactly where I wanted it while also creating a blur in the spots that I didn’t want attention to go to.

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Shutter Speed






White Balance


Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &

How the light was used

Being indoors and having a window to the side, I positioned the couple in a spot where the light was going to light them up from the one side which naturally creates shadows on the other side. Since the room was bright and white, the light did bounce around and fill in strong shadows which worked to my advantage in isolating the couple. It was raining outside which meant the light coming in through the window was already softened by the clouds.

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Type of light

Natural Light Window Lighting

Time of Day


Quality of LIght

Soft Directional


Indoor Rainy

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
The inspiration for this photo was the work of René Magritte (the lovers) we used two pillow covers to cover the couple’s face, I used a window light and a 50 mm tilt shift lens to emphasize the kiss.
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom CC

Preset Used

Personal preset

How I edited this image

Editing this image was very simple as all I did was make some small color & light adjustments and that was is.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

biggest challenge was adjusting the tilt shift, as it is manual it requires a little more patience and perserverance.

Solutions I found

Being calm in the directions, and taking the time needed to find the right focus with tilt-shift lenses. It’s a practice-makes-perfect thing.


Be the director of your image, and conduct it in the best way, so that it is pleasant for the couple and for you.
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Photographed by

Robson Gonçalves Fotografia

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Passionate about photography, coffee and movies. I’ve been in wedding photography for about 6 years now, I call my job simple but true, passionate about stories.
The pillars of my photography are:
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