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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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How did you direct 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.

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.

How did you compose your image?

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.

How and what did you focus on?

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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How did you use the light in your image?

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

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Nikon D750

Lens

Nikkor 85mm f/1.8

Filter

Tiffen Black Pro-Mist Filter

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/1250

Aperture

f/1.8

ISO

640

White Balance

Manual

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

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.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom CC

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What challenges did you face?

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.

How did you solve them?

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

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

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.

Selina Schöberl

Shooting since

2019

Current Home

Austria

Website

Instagram

When I was 16 I quit photography. I thought I‘d never be good enough. I thought people were laughing about my work. So I quit.

Eight years later I‘m proving my 16-year old self wrong! Here I am. A Couple- and weddingphotographer, playing with light and shadow while capturing love stories all over Europe.

Little me, I wish you could see me now.

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