Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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After slipping on her dress, I had Breanna stand in front of a window that looked out onto the city and takes a moment to breathe. Wedding days can often be fast-paced and a bit stressful, so I always strive to create quiet + intentional moments for the couple to soak things in.
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Location

Location Name

The William-Oliver Building

Location aDDRESS

Atlanta, Georgia

Country

United States

Location TYPE

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment

Equipment

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Flash

None

Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.4

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 Gentle Simple

Description

I asked Breanna to stand in front of the window and take a moment to breathe. When I realized how beautiful the light was reflecting on her face, I asked her to close her eyes and think about some of her favorite memories with her partner, Chris. The direct sunlight from the window created the most perfect glow along her face and I positioned a glass prism in front of my lens to add a bit more depth to the image.

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What was said

This light is so nice! Would you mind standing in front of the window and closing your eyes?

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

I try not to get too caught up in the rules of composition and instead aim to focus more on capturing the emotion behind a moment. For this shot, I noticed how beautiful the light was shining through the window and knew I had to take advantage of it. I asked Breanna to stand directly in front of the window it so it would create a soft glow across her face. I used my 50mm lens and positioned her in the center of the frame to create a simple portrait. When I noticed how powerful the moment felt, I pulled out my glass prism and placed it directly in front of my lens to create a more artistic effect. I wanted to highlight the depth of her expression by adding additional layers of her face across the image. This draws the viewer in and highlights the emotion behind the photo.

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Tags

Center Framed Mid Range Natural Frames

Focus

Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

the bride's eyes

Focus description

I used single-point focus to lock focus on the bride’s eyes. For still shots with little to no movement, I find single-shot autofocus to be the best as it creates incredibly sharp images.

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Shutter Speed

1/1600

Aperture

f/2.0

ISO

320

White Balance

6400K

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

How the light was used

It was an overcast day, so the light shining in through the window wasn’t too harsh. Normally when I shoot with direct window light, I incorporate more negative space and shadows, but this light created a soft glow across Breanna’s face without losing detail in the rest of the image. On cloudy days, light from a window can be your best friend for creating some dreamy + dramatic portraits.

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Tags

Soft Light Bright Natural Light Afternoon

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

I’m drawn to more neutral and muted colors, which is usually reflected in my editing style. I used the Whidbey preset by Henry Tieu (he is incredible!!) and played a good bit with the tone curve and colors to create more peachy skin tones. I wanted the image to be timeless yet bold and I altered the shadows a bit to achieve this look. I don’t do much retouching to skin and always aim for edits to be a natural and authentic reflection of the beauty people hold.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The biggest challenge was making sure the light wasn’t too harsh on the subject’s face.

Solutions I found

I repositioned her a bit to make sure the highlights didn’t blow out and I didn’t lose any detail in her face. Overall, the light was quite nice and there weren’t too many challenges with creating this image.

Advice

You don’t need epic backdrops to create meaningful + beautiful portraits. This was shot in an apartment before heading outside for a couple’s portraits and it was my favorite image of the day.
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Photographed by

Zach Barron Visuals

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