• Center Framed
  • Energetic
  • full body
  • Groom
  • Groom Portrait
  • Laughing
  • Leading lines
  • Leaning
  • Natural
  • Natural Light
  • Overcast
  • Relaxed
  • Soft Light

The story behind the image

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The groom was waiting for the ceremony to begin inside the church. This photo was taken after the rain, as soon as the sun came up. I asked him to hang out with me and stay in his position as comfortably as he could get. After giving him some slight directions to help him relax, he completely fell naturally into this beautiful portrait.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Of course, each person and each couple has a form of direction, that day I was very inspired so I asked him to lean over the railing and feel comfortable. I then asked him to think of the first moment he saw his wife in the Church and threw in a little joke to get him laughing.

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What did you say?

Junior, pull over here and breathe. Now I want you to remember when you first met in this church, I want you to remember how beautiful and strong you were (Laughter).

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I composed the groom in the center of the image which allowed the attention to move straight to him first. Also being quite wide, It allowed more of the scenery and environment to form a role in the image. The railing does form a leading line directly towards the groom which always helps the composition.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

This was a very simple image to focus on. With enough light and not much movement, I simply moved my focus point over the grooms face and let the camera focus on him.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The grooms face

Equipment &

Nikon D750
Sigma art 35mm f/1.4
1/2500 @ f/1.4 ISO200 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

This was taken outdoors just after it had rained, so the sky was completely overcast. This meant the light was super soft and easy to shoot in. There was no real need to pay attention to it since the light was not strong enough to cause any unwanted effects.

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Light Type

Natural Light




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I applied my own preset to this image and adjusted the white balance, exposure, highlights & shadows to get the overall tones that I was after. It was an easy image to edit, and the only additional thing I did was add a Radial Filter around the groom with the sharpness set to 0 (applied on the outside) to create a feeling of a “tilt-shift” lens.

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Editing Software
Preset Used
own custom preset


It was pretty difficult to capture this moment as the guests were walking past and everyone was trying to greet him.

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I just had to act fast and efficiently to capture it so that the groom could get back to greeting the guests.

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Location Name

Paroquia Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora dos Cristãos

Location aDDRESS

AE EQ 26/29 - Gama Oeste, Brasília - DF, 72420-265, Brazil

Loation Type




The best piece of advice for creating a shot like this is to act fast and efficiently. You can’t always just keep the groom to yourself as the guests are arriving. It’s not always about you and your photos. If you’re fast enough, you can capture the shot you want, and let the dynamics of the day continue.

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