• almost kiss
  • Moody
  • Unposed
  • smoke
  • Rule of thirds
  • romantic
  • Rim Light
  • reds
  • passionate
  • oranges
  • orange lights
  • nose touching
  • Natural
  • movie-like
  • lips
  • Artificial Light
  • Intimate Framing
  • intimate
  • Indoor
  • holding her face
  • holding each other
  • Hands
  • Hand movements
  • gentle
  • Deep
  • Close up
  • calm
  • Back lit
  • artificial lights
  • Warm Tones

The story behind the image

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After exchanging vows, I invited the couple to try out an experiment that I had never done before. I was inspired by the work of renowned photographer Nirav Patel to create an impactful photo that at the same time could reveal the couple’s connection.

The challenges were big because in this environment it was a house under construction and we didn’t have electricity but fortunately the Groom is an electrical engineer and he managed to help create a bit of light for us. I have a Projector and I took my computer to connect it and project images through a wall under construction. At first, it didn’t work, but I kept testing it and got the result I wanted, and then I felt a lot of satisfaction because I was convinced that the result would work.

Without a doubt, it was an incredible learning experience, as I realized that light in contact with artificial dust or smoke can create something magnificent.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I asked if they could get closer to each other and that they could “almost” kiss. This “almost kiss” moment can really drive a lot of passion as it’s a tease in a way. And you can feel that between the couple.

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What did you say?

Now I want you to close your eyes and almost kiss, breathe in and just be in this moment. Remember, get close – but don’t kiss”

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Tone of Directions



This image was meant to be an Instagram image, hence the decision to shoot in vertical mode. I used the compositional technique of leaving the main point of the photo in the center between the lateral points (Rule of Thirds). This brings the attention immediately to the sensuality of the couple.

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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focused on the bride’s mouth and used autofocus because it was the fastest and most reliable solution I found give how difficult the Light was.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

Boca da Noiva

Equipment &

Nikon D750
Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4
1/160 @ f/1.4 ISO2500 WB-auto

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 only light I used was the projector light, I placed the projector behind the couple and let the lights do their job. As I said, I was very inspired by Nirav Patel’s work to take this photo. I positioned the Projector in a way I knew would work as I wanted to create a beautiful rimlight. It also helped that in this position, the way it lights up the particles from the deodorant was exactly how I had hoped.

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Light Type

Artificial Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I used my Base preset ‘Vicent+2’ with an S curve. I needed to correct the exposure a little bit, I chose to make it more dramatic and enhance the colors of the projector light with brushes and radials. I used Clone to get some unwanted reflections out of the lens.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


The big challenge was electricity, this photo would not have happened without it.

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The groom fortunately is an electrical engineer and built a makeshift electrical outlet for the computer and projector.

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Location Name

Park way

Location aDDRESS

Brasília , Brazil

Loation Type

House under Construction



Always try something different when you have the chance. Use what you have to your advantage when taking a photo, don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it on the first try. Of course, I will try this technique again even as well as others because photography, in general, is not limited to just one result.

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