Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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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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Location

Location Name

Baja California Sur

Location aDDRESS

San Jose del Cabo

Country

Mexico

Location TYPE

Beach / Coastal

Equipment

Camera

Canon 6D Mark II

Flash

None

Lens

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tone of Directions

Calm

Action of Directions

Cuddling Intimate Kissing Natural

Description

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.

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What was said

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

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

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.

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Compositional Rules

None / Simple

Compositional Framing

Center Framed Close Up Higher Angle Intimate Framing Top down

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

her face

Focus description

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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Shutter Speed

1/1600

Aperture

f/5,0

ISO

160

White Balance

Auto

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

How the light was used

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.

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Type of light

Natural Light

Time of Day

Midday

Quality of LIght

Soft Front Lit

Weather

Sunny

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used

own custom preset

How I edited this image

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.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

Heat, time pressure and harsh shadows challenged us.

Solutions I found

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

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.
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Photographed by

SAM & LARISSA

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