Bride and groom at a reception held at the Diamond in Gastown, Vancouver, BC

the Shoot

Location Equipment
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This photo was from one of our favorite weddings of the year. Joanne and Brent rented the space in Vancouver’s historic, Gastown district. A cocktail lounge most days but tonight, a venue for their wedding. Unique and beautiful to say the least. Joanne and Brent had just sat down to dinner and the MC was giving his opening remarks. Luckily they had a great MC and were quick to get everyone in a good mood. Because there are two of us we usually split up who covers who. In this case, I was covering the couple, while Cat covered the speaker. The challenge in any candid photograph is timing, so of course, being at the right place at the right time is the most important. I found this spot earlier during the ceremony and kept noting that it might work later on during the reception. Luckily for me, it did.
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Location Name

The Diamond

Location aDDRESS

6 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E9



Location TYPE




Canon 5D Mark IV




Canon 85mm f/1.4 L

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Bride and groom at a reception held at the Diamond in Gastown, Vancouver, BC


Why I composed the way I did

Although a photograph is two-dimensional the space in which the photograph represents is not. Considering the depth of an image is something we think about all the time. Unfortunately the couple was not seated directly in the middle of the window behind them, meaning if I were to stand perfectly parallel to the wall one of their heads would not have been framed so nicely. A slight step to the left allowed the background to align with my couple and thus framing them in the window. Later in post, I adjusted the horizontal orientation to get all the lines straight and parallel.

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Rule of Thirds Center Framed Wide Symmetry Natural Frames


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

Bride's face

Focus description

Since all subject faces were on the same plane parallel to me, autofocusing on any of their faces would do.

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Shutter Speed






White Balance


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

How the light was used

There were windows on two sides of the building. So we had light coming from behind our couple and from the side. We’ll never complain about having too many windows so this was really nice to work with. The only real challenge was that as the night went on the room got darker and darker so eventually we had to change up our method for capturing the event.

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Back lit Rim Light Bright Window Light Natural Light Indoor

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Bride and groom at a reception held at the Diamond in Gastown, Vancouver, BC

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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used

own custom preset

How I edited this image

We applied our preset and made a few adjustments. First was white balance and colour saturation. The red brick and warm wood floors added a lot of colour casting so bringing down the reds and oranges was necessary. There’s two radial masks around the bride and groom that brought out the shadows and a touch more exposure.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The hardest part of capturing candid photographs compared to posed shots, is being completely prepared from a technical standpoint (camera settings etc.) but not having any real idea as to when something wonderful is going to happen.

Solutions I found

That’s where experience comes in. Pull from past experiences and ask yourself where and when moments might occur. Where should you be and what could you do to prepare?


Love a good long lens shot. Consider that background any how it can frame photograph, in this case, quite literally. Foreground shouldn’t be forgotten either, but with a long lens it should be quite easy to find something ahead of you to use to add mood and feeling.
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