Photographed by Sarah Guber

Story

This photo was taken during a very special styled shoot: It tells the story of Cat and Sami who eloped on the Walberla at sunset. The Walberla is a well-known mountain in Franconian Switzerland, which I first visited during a bike trip with my boyfriend.

I immediately fell in love with this mountain and its magical atmosphere. Within a few weeks, I then organized the styled shoot. I wanted to highlight this fairytale-like place with vintage-inspired clothes. My goal was to create timeless and whimsical pictures. I also tried to combine the unique landscape and our couple as harmonically as possible.

This styled shoot was a dream come true because I really put my heart into it and everything really worked out so well – especially our beautiful couple plus the amazing sunset. However, there was one big challenge: the later it got, the windier and colder it became. We took many warm-up breaks because our bride was freezing a lot.

This slowed down the shooting extremely. After sunset, I ended the shoot early because I was too worried about Cat, who I guess was too brave to say anything. God bless her. ;) As beautiful as the location was, my couple was more important to me than taking a few more pictures. The submitted photo is one of the last pictures we took.
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Directions

CalmHolding Each otherWalking

“Sami, could you take Cats hand once again and lead her gently along the way? Cat, it would be amazing if you’d held your bouqet up a little bit higher. This will be all about your silhouettes.”
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Composition

Broken RulesLeading LinesWideSymmetry

If you want to make use of silhouettes as a composition technique, you need a background that allows for high contrast so that your couple can stand out from it (for example a sky). Your couple also needs to be backlit. I recommend a sunrise or sunset for this because that’s when the light is softest and most beautiful.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The groom’s face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightBack litNatural LightBlue Hour

Equipment & EXIF

1/2500 f/1.4 ISO 200 WB Auto

Camera

Canon EOS R6

Lens

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic own custom preset

This image was edited with

own custom preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Mountains Germany

Walberla (Franconian Switzerland)

91356 Kirchehrenbach, Germany

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Sarah Guber

Photographer Nuremberg Canon EOS R6 Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 and Sigma 35mm f/1.4
Hi! I’m Sarah – a wedding photographer based in Nuremberg. I love taking raw and intimate photos in a fairytale-like style. When I am not drinking coffee or reading books, you can find me wandering in the woods or hiking in the mountains. I am a person who falls in love with sunsets and beautiful landescapes again and again. One day I want to travel the world with my camera.
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One eye sees, the other feels. – Paul Klee

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