the Shoot

Location Equipment
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During this shooting, I wanted to convey the thoughts and emotions that a bride feels before she starts her day. I wanted this feeling to be conveyed through her eyes, and so I wanted to highlight them. We were indoors in a villa in front of a window from which the light filtered through a tree.
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Location Name

Villa Valentina

Location aDDRESS

Via Gaetano Donizetti, 17, 21049 Tradate VA



Location TYPE

Private Villa



Nikon Z6




Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Tone of Directions

Calm Normal

Action of Directions

Posed Serious


I asked the bride to stand at 45 degrees in front of the window and look out, and I also asked her to try to look with her eyes at the light that filtered from the tree directly from the window.

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What was said

“Okay, now position yourself in front of the window, look out and enjoy the nature you see, if you can try to look at the light that filters as much as possible!”

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Why I composed the way I did

During the portrait session, I like to give as much importance to the subject as I can so I chose to shoot this in portrait format to limit the distractions in the room. I did not pay attention to the rule of thirds but I tried to position the subject in the frame so that the dark / light areas were well balanced.

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Compositional Rules

None / Simple

Compositional Framing

Center Framed Close Up Intimate Framing


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

Bride's eye

Focus description

The focus in this image was on the bride’s eye and her illuminated gaze. I used an autofocus spot on her eye so that I would be sure to have it sharp. It’s important when the eye is the main element of an image, to have it focused.

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Shutter Speed






White Balance


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

How the light was used

The light I had available was the real inspiration for this shot, the light that came in from the window was fragmented by a tree outside that filtered the almost direct sunlight. Seeing how the light played on the bride’s dress and skin, I decided to try to direct my subject towards those fragments of light to isolate interesting parts such as the eyes and the details of the dress. It was not easy because the light often changed position, as the wind moved the tree outside and the light constantly changed shape and position. It took several attempts for the light to fall perfectly on the eye in a uniform and elegant way.

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Type of light

Natural Light Window Lighting

Time of Day


Quality of LIght

Harsh Directional



the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used
Preset Used


How I edited this image

I used the Kitcheners’ Emotional preset trying to keep the image as natural as possible, emphasizing areas of light without burning them. I kept the image dark and moody to bring out the spots of light falling on to the brides face.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The biggest difficulty was finding the right portion of light that fell in the right place for the shot I had in mind.

Solutions I found

I had to move the subject several times to find the perfect position and above all several attempts to be able to capture the right light in a position that was not annoying and that balanced the play of light and shadow well.


From this shot, I learned how the difference between a normal portrait and an artistic portrait is the ability to make the most of the light, whatever it is. So my advice is to always seek light and welcome it in all its forms.
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Photographed by

Yidaki Studio

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