the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Here in Brazil, it is very common to do the couple shoot after the ceremony, I always like to advise my couples to finish the wedding before sunset so that we can create a very special moment with both of them.

The couple was super into the idea and after finishing the session we were returning to the cocktail party when it just started to rain and I noticed a covered spot near the gate.

There was a bench and I thought to myself, “What if I had them standing on the bench?” So I suggested this idea and explained how it would work and then they said yes.
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Location Name

Spazio Villa Régia

Location aDDRESS

Vicente Pires - Brasília DF



Location TYPE

Wedding / Event Venue



Nikon D750




Sigam Art 35mm f/1.4

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Calm Holding Each other Intimate Natural


I first asked the groom to go up and then to help the bride, already on the bench, I asked them to face each other and for him to slightly look at her and imagine that in a few years the children would have access to this photo and thus build a family portrait.

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What was said

[Bride], go in for a kiss and gently touch and caress his head. Get as close to each other as you can, as if you were one, and realize that in the future, your kids will see this photo and look back at this beautiful moment.

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Why I composed the way I did

The spot already offered a great compositional framing and so by placing the couple on the bench and framing the scene wide enough to include the footpath, there were plenty of leading lines and compositional elements at play. I shot this wide enough to capture the full size of the bridal dress and also to bring in more of the environemnet.

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Center Framed Leading Lines Wide Full Body Symmetry


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Couple

Focus description

I used autofocus from a central focus point of the camera. I used the AF-S, because the couple was standing still. I had no difficulty focusing on this image even at 1.4

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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

I used only natural light. We were in a closed forest with cloudy weather. The light was diffused, soft, and beautiful. I think I managed to exploit the remaining 5 minutes of light I had for the moment. It was a lot of fun because at the end of the photos I showed the couple and my team the result and we all started dancing with joy.

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Soft Light Natural Light Overcast

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used

own custom preset

How I edited this image

I used my preset for weddings and made some adjustments because of the cloudy weather, such as white balance and highlights. I used a Radial adjustment with +27 exposure to enhance the bride’s dress, the groom’s suit, and the couple’s kiss. I used PS to mirror the image from the left to the right side, creating symmetry. Normally, in my photos I always use the LR mode “activate profile correction”, but in this photo, I disabled it thinking that it would become stronger leaving a more natural light.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

Surely the biggest challenge was to convince the couple to climb on the bench for the photo. Because all the plants around could dirty the dress and we still had the cocktail party to photograph.

Solutions I found

I talked to them and explained that it could go very well or very wrong, but that it would be fast and that if it worked out well it would be the cover photo for the wedding album.


Well, I always like to say that the ones who stand out are the ones who take risks. I believed in myself, in my technique. I ask you to believe in yourself, in your study, in your trajectory, because these are the things we photograph daily. Many portraits that we do are self-portraits.

I also believe that our work only gains the value that we sell in a meeting, after we deliver these photos, that is, do everything to deliver consistent and inspiring work to your client.
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Photographed by

Tulio Coutto Photography

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