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This photo was taken in the famous Slovak mountains of the High Tatras, where we and the wedding couple planned a wedding portrait photo session. The weather was not very good for us that day, it was about 15 degrees with a very strong wind. I took the photo at the end of our photoshoot, which was quite quick, as the bride was dressed in a very summer wedding dress. I have seen a similar photo with goosebumps in other photographers’ work, for that as soon as I noticed them in the bride, I took advantage of the situation and photographed these details.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I told the couple to stand from an angle to the sun, which was behind the clouds from which they peeked out here and there. I asked the groom to hug the bride and put his hands on her back and warm her a little. I like the hands in the photos very much, here they symbolized protection from bad weather. At the same time, they have intensified the moment when your loved one is holding you and you have butterflies in your stomach and chills.

What did you say?

Please put both hands on her back, as if you wanted to warm her up, and stay like this for a while.

How did you compose your image?

My main goal was to capture the most detailed colds and photograph the moment of hugs. I used a 35mm lens, which I have 80% of the time on my camera. It’s not always perfect for details, but this time it worked, as I was able to get close to my back and at the same time squeeze her whole back and part of her hair into the photo, which created an interesting element and added dynamism to the photo. At the same time, I wanted to have at least a bit of emotion from the place where we took photos, so I left a free space on the left for the lake and the surrounding nature. I also wanted it to be clear from the photo that it was a bride, so I incorporated at least a little of her dress into the photo.

How and what did you focus on?

I always focus on the center point with the composition, but in this case, it didn’t quite work. I tried more contrasty points, as the couple is at an angle, I focused on the hands, first on the back, then on the ring, in the end, I liked the middle the most, where the chills stood out best.


How did you use the light in your image?

The sun was under the moving clouds. I turned them so that the sun fell on the side of their backs, but at the same time created a subtle shadow in the middle, thus achieving the depth of the subjects in the photo.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Canon R6


Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4





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

For editing, I used my own preset, which tries to mimic the look of a film camera. At the same time, I kept the vignetting, which was naturally created by the lens, thus achieving a greater focus on chills, which are the most important in the photo. In Lightroom, I added a sharpness brush through the chills, again to achieve the greatest possible focus on the chills and her back. Using Soften skin (lite) brush, I softened the skin and texture on the groom’s fingers a bit. The last step was the Graduated filter, with which I increased the exposure on the lower half of the photo, as I found it dark compared to the upper half.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic


Own personal Presets

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What challenges did you face?

The biggest challenge was the weather. We were all ready for summer temperatures, but the mountains led us astray. I had to pose very quickly so that the bride would not turn blue, as a cold mountain wind was blowing in addition to the low temperature.

How did you solve them?

We did a fast half-hour session and then quickly went to warm-up in the car when moving to the next location.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Use the weather to your advantage. Document what happens next to the photoshoot. If the weather is cold and the bride is cold, let the groom warm her, if her hair is blowing in the wind, incorporate it into the photo. Take pictures of the entire scene, but don’t forget the details that tell the story of the couple and their photoshoot together.

Tomas Lazorik Photography

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