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Just after the ceremony that was held in the center of this beautiful spot, the couple decided to take some shots. This location offers an hour of booking for the loggia where tourists cannot go up, so we took advantage of the empty space to create some wider images that could enhance the beauty and uniqueness of the place but that portrayed the intimacy of the people in an original way.

The difficulty for me was coming out of the box, I rarely shoot with a wide-angle lens, but that day I decided to bring it given the uniqueness of the location, and it made a difference!

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

Since I wanted to portray the couple in a precise point in the center of the loggia, I asked the couple to position themselves at that point facing each other, but I wanted their movements to be natural, so I asked them to show love and to think about the wonderful ceremony a few moments before, this made them lock themselves in their bubble and allowed me to move around them at different angles.

What did you say?

Okay guys now I’d like you to position yourself here in the center, I’d like you to think about your ceremony and the promises you’ve exchanged, focus on the two of you and express your love.

How did you compose your image?

The composition of this image was something new for my photography since I don’t often use such wide focal lengths. But the beauty of this lodge seemed to be wasted by using a longer lens.

I thought that the couple, given that they had chosen such a characteristic location, wanted to have the reasons why they decided to get married overseas in a single photo.

I had them framed in the middle of the Loggia as it added to the symmetry. With a wide lens, I was able to capture even more of the environment such as the lake & nature, which the couple had already fallen in love with. This makes the composition work on so many different levels as it’s not only a pleasing image to look at, but to them, it has so much depth and meaning. All in one frame.

How and what did you focus on?

The focus is on the couple, it was easy because they were still and I had the opportunity to move in order to take several shots without the worry of unwanted movements.

I always use continuous single-point autofocus because it allows me to be precise and concentrate on the composition.

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How did you use the light in your image?

The light was very soft and well balanced, thanks to the natural softbox created by the clouds. In addition, the light was on my right and hit the couple in a soft but direct way so it illuminated the scene well.

Unfortunately, however, between the light and the couple, there were several obstacles so shadows were created on the couple that I tried to solve in post-production in order to give more light to the main subject.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Nikon D750

Lens

Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/2000

Aperture

f/2.8

ISO

400

White Balance

Shade

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

I used Muse and Mirror’s True Romance preset and a radial brush on the bride and groom to increase the exposure on them and make them stand out. I purposely took the slightly underexposed photo so as not to blow out the sky and be able to recover it while editing, all while keeping it looking and feeling natural without using an HDR method.

Software Used

Preset

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What challenges did you face?

The biggest difficulty was the presence of several people in the lodge, including the wedding planner, the celebrant, and the musicians. This could make it difficult for the couple to relax in the time we had to shoot in that place.

How did you solve them?

I tried to relax the couple as much as possible and put some music on so they could focus on themselves rather than the people around them. This allowed us to create more natural images in a short time and make the most of the location.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

My advice is to get out of our comfort zone and make the most of all the instruments and tools we have. Experimenting and doing good things at a wedding is not synonymous with failure, but we can impress ourselves and create unique photographs for our spouses.
Surely if I return to this beautiful location I will attempt this shot again trying to perfect it.

Yidaki Studio

Shooting since

2014

Current Home

Italy

Website

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Hi, I’m Aurora and I’ve been photographing weddings since 2014. I work with my husband Christian as a photography+videography duo. As couple, we met right in the moment when I understood that the office work was not for me and had the need to express myself creatively. Fortunately we had the same vision and after getting married it started to be a full-time job for both of us. I’ve always been inspired by the power of creating not just memories but real, true feelings. For me photography is a powerful way to feel, to create, to express what’s in my heart. Has been a long way since I started to understand and create my style, my vision. When I started with weddings I was fascinated by the connections between my couples, how they were connected and how their love was so touching. That’s why I love so much this passion and this work as well. I want to turn your wedding photos into a piece of art, unique and special.

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