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Coty and Rodrigo are an outstandingly talented couple. Their creative, peaceful and euphoric vibe caught us immediately and fueled us with inspiration. Our vision was to capture an activity, they do as a couple, which defines their relationship best. Together they spend most of their days heading out early to a secluded beach, surfing till noon. We met them at a tiny taco restaurant and followed them to their favorite surfing bay.

We started at 11am to shoot, the time was limited, as they had an appointment right after it. It was insanely hot, the sun stood high, the light was harsh and the conditions made us feel very insecure. We said to ourselves: ‘Let’s pretend we got this’

The funny thing is: these pictures turned out to be some of our favorites ever. So, lesson learned: It’s not about external conditions, it’s about whether you are willing to adapt to the situation and to go all in, or not.
We hope everyone can feel the love and their unique spirit through our Photographs.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

From the beginning we told them to be themselves and just have fun like usual. They were so playful and basically had the best time together. Both parties were fully open for creative ideas. As it was quite hot, they went to the water and we asked coty to float on her back, underwater her hair looked like a painting, Rodrigo came to her and they kissed. They dived under and we asked them to repeat the kiss several times to ensure we got the shot.

What did you say?

“try to hold each other as close as you can”

How did you compose your image?

objects underneath the surface look so fascinating, so we wanted to create a shot from above to get this interesting perspective. The couple was placed between some rocks in a kind of pool, that gave the image its natural frame.

How and what did you focus on?

i used autofocus because they were constantly moving underwater. I placed the focus on their face, as this was the area that needed to be as sharp as possible, as the water creates its own blur.

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How did you use the light in your image?

It was noon, the sun was right above us, casting harsh shadows. At first we were insecure and would’ve preferred soft light. But in this particular case, the light was ideal, as the sun reflected on the water surface.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon 6D Mark II

Lens

Sigma Art 24-70mm f/2.8

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/1600

Aperture

f/5,0

ISO

160

White Balance

Auto

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

We used our own preset and just had to adjust brightness. We didn’t want to overedit this image as our goal was to keep things as natural as possible. With the water creating it’s own layer, we also wanted to make sure that it was visible and one could see that the couple was in the water.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset

own custom preset

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What challenges did you face?

Heat, time pressure and harsh shadows challenged us.

How did you solve them?

We moved around, tried different angles and often shot from above or down below

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

The day before we created a mood board filled with all kinds of photos taken at the beach. There were almost no couples in it, it was much more about fully engaging with the environment and bringing in nature. That helped us being present and focused.

SAM & LARISSA

Shooting since

2015

Current Home

Aschaffenburg, Germany

Website

Instagram

this is us. We are Samuel & Larissa, our story started more than 22 years ago in first grade, where we met. In 2014 at a Festival things slowly started to change and we suddenly began to see each other through different eyes. Ever since we are in love and can’t get over how many insane and amazing things we have already experienced and mastered together. During the past 7 years, we’ve traveled in 4 different vehicles through more than 20 countries, made friends all over the world and always ended up in absurd and hilarious situations. It feels like we have lived many different lives together, always knowing: the best is yet to come. To us, It Often feels like, life is just about the glories moments, but this is kind of a misconception. We force ourselves to embrace the lows and downs as much as the highs and keep reminding ourselves that there’s no light without the dark. This is why we encourage the people we work with, to be authentic, real and to let it flow. It’s not about perfection, it’s about celebrating the moment, cause everything’s changing.

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