• 1/8 black pro mist
  • Natural Light
  • Single Shot
  • Single Focus Point
  • Sigma 35mm 1.4
  • Shade
  • Quiet
  • Other
  • None / Simple
  • india
  • Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Custom presets
  • Center Framed
  • Canon R5
  • calm
  • banquet hall
  • Autofocus
  • afternoon
  • soft

The story behind the image

Usually, I would scout out the location for the couple portraits, and I found this corner at the banquet hall with greenery in the backdrop. So, I decided to use this as one of the main spots for the portraits. For the look I had already decided that I would like the bride to cover her face with the veil, which is unusual for couple shoot images. Having her drape the veil in front with a stoic look, and the groom giving a regal look with his sword, it made both of them stand out while also giving it synergy with their love as one.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I told them to give me a straight camera look with a stoic vibe to their energy. Where they feel in control and feel the stillness within.

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What did you say?

look here, keep the look stoic and breath slowly focusing on the breathing.

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Tone of Directions

Quiet, Calm, Other


I wanted to make sure this photo is a full length photo as it’s showing both his and her regal dress’s fully. I kept it a little old school when it comes to the framing as I wanted to give this image a sense of nostalgic vibe.

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Compositional Rules

None / Simple


Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Just focused on their eye and made sure both of them were in focus

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

Their eyes

Equipment &

Canon R5
Sigma 35mm 1.4
1/8 black pro mist
1/320 @ f/1.4 ISO100 WB-5300k

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

I had them in a position where the natural sunlight was falling on the couple at a cross-wards angle. This not only lit them up, but also created shadows which are amazing for creating dimensions and interest to a subject.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

The editing is fairly simple as I fixed the white balance/tint first. Later adjusted the exposure before adding one of my upcoming preset pack which has a lot of earthy tone to it. I finished it with cropped of 4×5 to bring attention to the couple.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Preset Used
Custom presets


The couple was highly supportive and gave us creative freedom, but to create this image, I had to ask the bride to take off her veil and cover her face with it. She was extremely happy to do it, but I wanted to make sure it was worth the shot. Sometimes, taking a shot through a veil can obscure the face behind it, so that was my only concern. In the end, everything worked out, and the result was worth the effort.

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Trusting the process and making sure I got enough shots to select in post was the solution to the challenge.

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Location Name


Location aDDRESS

Golden Western Villa, Amritsar, Punjab 143501, India

Loation Type

banquet hall



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