• calm
  • Mid range
  • symmetry
  • Soft Light
  • Prism
  • Playful
  • Natural Light
  • natural frames
  • Laughing
  • Center Framed
  • intimate
  • Indoor
  • holding each other
  • Fractals
  • Directional Light
  • Creative
  • Colorful
  • Window Light

The story behind the image

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We had recently purchased some new fractal glass and prisms and thought this incredible room within the venue, with awesome light and color, was the perfect place to test them out.

With the cool mix of light, color, and patterns on the wall, we decided to use the kaleidoscope glass in this situation to see how it went. This was just the test shot, but we were really digging how it turned out! After this wedding, it inspired us to start using prisms and fractals a lot more than we were previously!
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

As the light was coming from the right we asked the couple to face that direction by cuddling into each other from behind, so the light hit evenly on their faces. It turned slightly prom pose-esque, but we liked the cheesiness for this type of frame!

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What did you say?

Just snuggle in and chat shit with each other – we’ll see how this goes!

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Tone of Directions



We kept the composition fairly simple so we could illuminate the couple evenly via the skylight. “Prom pose” just kinda happened, which isn’t something we generally do, but we ran with the unplanned cheesiness! We also took the shot a little wider out with a bit of negative space so the kaleidoscope effect could fill up the other space and keep the couple in focus in the middle.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

The focus of this image was very simple. We used auto-focus and we shot through the center of the glass with the couple in the middle, which the AF point hitting them in the middle of their faces. From there, we were able to move the filter around until we get the desired effect.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

Their faces

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L
1/250 @ f/2.5 ISO1000 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

We used a skylight on the upper right-hand side of the room. This created a nice muted glow which highlighted the couple perfectly. It also created a nice contrast which allowed them to stand out more and make the colors of the room pop.

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Light Type

Natural Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

We have a custom preset that we’ve tweaked and refined over the years. Besides adjusting the temperature and exposure, there isn’t much else we do to the images after applying the preset.

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Editing Software
Adobe Camera Raw
Preset Used
Custom preset


Prisms/fractals are becoming ever more popular, especially within wedding and elopement photography, so we’re always figuring out ways to have our own spin on things and make them look unique.

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Experimenting with all kinds of glass and effects to see what we can achieve and come up with something different.

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Location Name

Grass Room DTLA

Location aDDRESS

616 East 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Loation Type

Wedding / Event Venue


United States

We found that prisms and fractals can be a great addition to a session, especially when you’ve got great light, tone, and colors to work with already. Sometimes we (and other photographers for that matter) would just use filters expecting them to do all the work and create awesome effects with no effort, so we always try and find a situation where it adds to the shot, instead of just creating it. We can always get caught up when playing around with new toys, so we do test runs and figure out which piece of glass would work best when you get to a certain situation that might require it.

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