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They had their wedding in a pub on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in a popular ski town. It seemed fitting for such a celebration to incorporate a Shot Ski into the evening festivities. What is a Shot Ski you may ask? Well, it’s basically a bunch of shots set up on a ski that you partake in with others. A big hit amongst the guests + fun to both witness + photograph. One of the first things we noticed when walking into the space was the large balcony that overlooked the dinner. Balcony’s always make us very excited as they allow for a different perspective.

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How did you compose your image?

Using the balcony to get above the subjects provided a unique perspective to the shot ski. I wanted to frame the subjects in the lower third of the image which would allow the symmetry of the tables and guests eating to still be in the frame. I had pre-scouted from the balcony knowing that if the shot ski were to happen on the bar, some climbing + leaning over would be required in order to get the shot. And thankfully it did unfold that way. Not only does the composition make our eyes happy but it also captured the casual and fun atmosphere of their reception.

How and what did you focus on?

As I had to lean over the balcony railing to get my desired composition on this image I had to shoot on live view. I moved my focal point to the lower third of my frame in order to focus on the guests enjoying the shot ski.


How did you use the light in your image?

The room was bright enough that we were able to use the ambient light + shoot at a higher ISO. As the image was shot from above the subjects were lit quite nicely on their own when they tipped their heads up to take the shot.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L II





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White Balance


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

We started by applying our preset (which is a heavily altered version of the original VSCO preset) + changed the white balance. Once the color of the image was good it was exported from Lightroom + opened up in PhotoShop to remove a few distractions. Adding some grain in Alien Skin was the final step in the editing process.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic


Heavily altered VSCO Preset

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What challenges did you face?

The main challenge was the climbing + leaning that was required in order to get the desired framing.

How did you solve them?

I pre scouted what I would need to do in order to get the shot. That way I was prepared when the opportunity presented itself as everything happened quite quickly.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Whenever entering a new space make sure to check out all of your surroundings. Anything that allows you to get a different viewpoint is a gift. Use it.

Shari & Mike

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Based out of beautiful Vancouver, bc, we are Shari + Mike, a husband & wife photography team passionate about life, travel + cultures. We choose to live with passion & to see the world with color, depth & creativity. It is our desire to tell your story. To create photos that capture the pure reflections of who you are. Photos that bring a fresh perspective of life… Your life.

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