• Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Natural Light
  • Tiffen Black Pro-Mist Filter
  • Sunset
  • sunny
  • Single Shot
  • Single Focus Point
  • Quiet
  • None / Simple
  • Nikon D750
  • kissing
  • AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G
  • Intimate Framing
  • intimate
  • Emotive Preset + own adjustments
  • Close up
  • Center Framed
  • calm
  • Backlit
  • Autofocus
  • Austria
  • Woods

The story behind the image

We waited three years for this After Wedding Shoot. In 2019 it was the first time I received a message from the sister of the bride, she followed me on Instagram, asking about the costs. Soon afterwards I got a message from the bride and we started planning our photoshoot for the following year. Location, date – all secured. But in 2020 Corona crossed our and foremost THEIR plans and they had to postpone their wedding for another two years. So it was 2022 when we started again our planning process. This process changed a lot throughout the years and now I always meet my couples via video call before the photoshoot. Since the couple live nearby we met in person at their house. It was also the first time I met their two little girls, who should be part of the After Wedding Shoot at least for an hour. Our meeting (like in video calls) is all about gaining trust, talking about them, finding similarities, sharing stories and planning a photo shoot beside. Through talking we ended up with a location in the woods, where I already shot a few couple stories. I knew that in summer we have high chances on a beautiful sunset a little bit further from the woods away and I suggested the sunset-location as a second place. And they agreed!
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I asked them to face each other and stand very close to each other (because I was very close with my 85mm they shouldn‘t stand miles apart from each other). Always using a very calm voice, because I knew intimate photos won‘t come with an aggressive, laughing or energetic voice. After bringing them into position I asked them to do the little “exercise” I gave them and because they were so close to each other they had simple no other thing in mind than to kiss.

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What did you say?

Please touch each others faces with your noses and also with your hands, but in a very soft way – like the other one is made out of glass. Very fragile.

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Tone of Directions

Quiet, Calm


Having such a beautiful sunset as background and seeing both of them amazed and completely in love, I couldn‘t resist a very intimate framing. I would say that this is my favorite thing to capture very intimate scenes. The closer you are the more intimate it feels for the viewer.

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Compositional Rules

None / Simple


Center FramedClose UpIntimate Framing


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Always using a single point focus, because I love to have 100% control. This is also the reason why I move the focus point manual – I want the control. Maybe I‘ll change that one day, but over the past years I never wanted to give away any control.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

the eyes

Equipment &

Nikon D750
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G
Tiffen Black Pro-Mist Filter
1/1250 @ f/1.8 ISO640 WB-Manual

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

The sun already hided behind the hills and I just used the glow and the colors that were left from the sun.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

First thing and most needed step: more face, more details, more of the couple, because they were underexposed. And also very important to me to reduce the huge color palette to the most important colors without missing the right skin tones. I also wanted to let them glow a little bit more (beside my pro-mist filter), so I played with clarity.

I payed more attention to the area around the eyes, because it‘s a such a focus point while looking at the photo. So I sharpened the area around the eye to put it more into focus and also cleaned the skin a little bit around it. Normally I rarely do any retouching, but in this one specific photo the area around the eye is very important for the viewer so I cleaned it a little bit.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Preset Used


The greatest challenge was to keep the colors of the sunset. You risk to loose the faces of the couples (at some point editing won‘t help anymore) or the risk of a bright white sky.

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I know how far I can go with editing, as I‘ve done a lot of backlight-photos before.

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Location Name


Location aDDRESS

Pömling, 3644 Emmersdorf an der Donau

Loation Type




Intimate gestures, like a honest and deep kiss, only happen when you 1. give them room for it, 2. don‘t judge them, 3. don‘t laugh about them, 4. talk to them calmly and 5. have a grounded personality. Be the one who they can trust.

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