Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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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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Location

Location Name

Arts District, Los Angeles

Location aDDRESS

800 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Country

United States

Location TYPE

Street Art

Equipment

Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Flash

None

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Calm Posed

Description

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.

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What was said

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

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

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.

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Tags

Center Framed Wide Full Body

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Continuous Autofocus

Focused on

On the couple

Focus description

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.

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Shutter Speed

1/160

Aperture

f/2.5

ISO

1000

White Balance

Auto

Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &
Exposure

How the light was used

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.

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Tags

Soft Light Natural Light Shade

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Camera Raw

Preset Used

Custom preset

How I edited this image

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.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

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.

Solutions I found

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.

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.
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The Hendrys

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