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The main inspiration for this shot was the contrast between the couple and the context that we wanted to showcase. We loved pairing up the very smart and classy look the couple had opted for in their black tuxedos, to their colorful urban and slightly unkempt surroundings, so we wanted to blend the two together.

Plus, that particular street art is actually our favorite in Los Angeles, so we had to incorporate it in some way, especially given how it was just down the street from their wedding venue. One thing that particularly struck us that evening was how quiet the area was (very strange for the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles!). The whole session was entirely calm and stress-free, and that was amazing.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

The direction for this shot was very minor. We knew the couple wasn’t big on PDA’s so we just wanted to play it very relaxed with their session. We just made a point of aiming for a cool contemporary shot with minimal posing to keep them feeling comfortable.

What did you say?

Let’s chill here for a few minutes! Just lean against the wall and look towards us for a couple of shots

How did you compose your image?

The framing for this shot was super duper straightforward. One of the main aspects was to centralize the couple so they were at the forefront of it all. At the same time, we wanted to get an interesting backdrop, especially with the vibrant colors involved, and we tried to get all the different colors involved without making them look too small. Also, we wanted to incorporate some of the random textures and materials in there too.

How and what did you focus on?

The focus was pretty standard for this shot and we aimed it right in the middle of the frame with single-point continuous autofocus. No difficulty at all.


How did you use the light in your image?

We took the couple out for a session earlier in the day to the same location but found the direct light to be super harsh and unflattering for this scene, so we waited until later to achieve a more balanced shot without any weird lighting that would ruin the street art colors. The sun had set just a few minutes before shooting this, and the ambient light was just behind us to our right/the couple’s left. The perfect lighting made this shot incredibly easy to achieve.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Canon 5D Mark III


Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L II





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White Balance


How did you edit your image & what did you use?

We applied our own custom preset and adjusted the white balance and exposure to suit. We wanted to highlight the rich colors within the frame, so we increased the overall saturation and vibrance to make the colors pop out more. We then adjusted the separate red, blue, and cyan sliders in the ‘color mixer’ to make those colors even more intense. We also used the patch tool in Photoshop to remove a tiny part of a car on the left, plus some letters on the window, and random bits and pieces next to the door that we felt distracted from the scene.

Software Used

Adobe Camera Raw


Custom preset

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What challenges did you face?

Having good lighting is always going to be a factor in any wedding, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Living in a sunny location can have its downsides when shooting in the late morning or afternoon – and this particular day gave us all the harsh lighting which was difficult to work within that spot.

How did you solve them?

Make sure you designate some time to shoot some portraits in the evening when the light is ambient and softer, thus getting the tones and colors more even. It will make shooting and editing way easier, and you will get a far better result…well unless you’re aiming for a light/shadow type scene, of course. Give the couple an early heads up that you might need them to take a few minutes out later on to get some extra portraits.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

We’re constantly using context to our advantage, and finding a way to make it compliment the couple and vice versa. If we had done anything differently, we would have potentially mixed it up with a tilt-shift lens, or a prism/light bending tool just to give the shot an extra dynamic, but overall, we love the coolness and simplicity of this. We feel this image also matches our own preferences and how we like to shoot by creating vibrant and colorful images. Our aim is to keep shooting in this manner to attract creative couples with a similar mindset.

The Hendrys

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Scottish duo living our best lives in Los Angeles! More importantly, parents of two babe-licious rescue bunnies who keep us sane. The sober and vegan lifestyle is our jam. We only take life seriously when it really matters (adulting can suck at times!). We have a deep-rooted connection with each other and that’s why we work so well together. It’s quite cute really. We are not typical wedding photographers, that is for certain. We go against the usual grain, and that’s exactly how we like it to roll. Normal is boring. Well, for us, at least. We’re constantly pushing ourselves creatively and are incredibly passionate about telling unique stories for each couple, so we aim to go into each wedding with a clear mind and eyes wide open. If we could describe our work in four words they would be the following: Fun. Romantic. Creative. Honest. We’re also suckers for some awesome light.

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