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This special shot was taken during the AmorAmor workshop given by Ana Hinojosa & Joy Zamora.

We were given just a few minutes with the couple to create whatever we wanted with them, and it was beautiful and challenging at the same time.

The couple was in the shower, they had already loosened up after having us around for a few minutes before the shower shot. So they were just being themselves, enjoying the moment, cuddling and kissing, just minding themselves (and probably the water that kept coming onto their eyes.)

We all tried to be the most subtle in that room, the most important thing was for them to be comfortable, as this was a really special and extremely intimate moment they had allowed us to live with them.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

During this shot, the only direction I gave them was to change their position from being face to face to have her go against his chest.

I then asked them to feel each other’s presence, skin and to forget about everything else. I spoke to them really calmly and quietly. The last thing I wanted to do was to disturb the moment even more than I was doing so just by being there photographing.

What did you say?

Alright, guys, I am loving this moment so much, I will just ask you to move positions, and I want Amanda to lean against your chest with her back, while you will hold her tight from behind. I know it’s probably overwhelming, but try to just be present, forget about anything else, and just feel each other’s presence and energy

How did you compose your image?

This will sound crazy, but I never take into account much of the composition, but it’s probably because I am used to it already. I think in this case, I had them both pretty much centered in the middle. There were a lot of things going on there, but right where they are standing, the area is quite clean and clear. I shot this with a 35mm, allowing it to be wide enough, and I also used a glass to create the reflection there.

How and what did you focus on?

I focused on the faces of the woman, leaving the focus point on the camera mostly in the middle.

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How did you use the light in your image?

We had natural sunlight coming from the side. It was a little bit before the beginning of sunset, so it wasn’t yet golden hour, but it wasn’t as harsh as before anymore, also because the fence behind them helped with the shadows.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon R

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/4000

Aperture

f/1.4

ISO

500

White Balance

6600

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

I used my preset “Desaturated” (yeah, that’s the name) and added a little bit of contrast and warmth to it. I also changed the color of the highlights for it to be a bit more blueish to add some contrast to the image so that it’s not all that orangy.
I added a bit of orange/red to the mid tones too.

Software Used

Preset

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What challenges did you face?

The biggest challenge was probably the water, as they were having a shower and it was tricky to get closeups without getting wet. Also the fact that they were naked, you always try to shoot without showing too much, and of course, it can be tricky at first to get the couple to feel comfortable.

How did you solve them?

For the water, I just used a 50mm and an 85mm lens to get the closeups so that I could avoid it.

For the fact that they were naked, I always tried to pose them in a way that they didn’t show that much, and to get them comfortable, we all talked for a bit before, and I think once we were all in the mood and used to it, it was all much easier.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

I think, more than the technicalities, the most important thing I learnt was to respect the time and space people share with you. This shot was a gift, not many people agree on getting fully naked and being with their significant other taking a shower while you are standing there photographing them.

I would have changed the way I approached them maybe. Being a workshop, sometimes we don’t have time to connect, and you forget these are actual real human beings gifting you their precious time and presence.

Celia | The Lightbox Tales

Shooting since

2015

Current Home

Spain

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Hey there! I’m Celia, a destination wedding photographer AND web designer for photographers. Yep! Got a lot on my plate but I absolutely love it! On the photography side, I’m all in for deep, intimate, moody, and warm kinda style. For my websites, it’s all about my clients, no design is the same, but you can for sure see my personal touch. I am based in the kitesurf paradise of Tarifa, the southern point of Spain, and only now, I’ve learnt how to kitesurf 🙈 I spent 6 years in Amsterdam, came back to have my base in my hometown, and now I spend over half of my time traveling, for both, work and leisure. I’m all in for adventures, beers, crazy nights, festivals and wanders, and sports around nature.

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