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How I Got the Shot | Lauren Teresa Photography | | Photography Education

Name: Lauren Lynch

Business Name: Lauren Teresa Photography

Why did you take this photo?: This photo was taken right after their first look. I had a good amount of time with just the two of them before the ceremony began, which is another reason why I love photographing the couple BEFORE the wedding begins. It's important to have some time to allow the couple to breath and just enjoy the company of one another.

Camera: Canon EOS 6D

Lens: 100 mm

All exif data: F-stop 2.8 , Shutter 1/640, ISO 300

Why did you use these settings?: I don't normally use my 100mm for bridal portraits but this particular day I decided to give it a shot! And I love the way it turned out. I was standing at the end of the aisle for this one, a good distance away from my couple. 

I normally keep my f-stop low when shooting portraits so that my couple really stands out in the photo. The bokeh is just right! 

I had my ISO at 300 because it was a cloudy day. The best kind of day to shoot! No sun glare or shadows to worry about!

Thought process behind the photo: I knew I wanted to use this exact spot because of the mountains in the background and the beautiful flowers that were on the vines. I knew for this shot that I wanted them to be looking at one another. I didn't need to direct them much more because they already couldn't stop smiling, which made for such a genuine photo. Another good thing is that we didn't have to battle with the sun, it was the perfect day to photograph a Wedding...nice and cloudy :)

Editing of the photo: I edit all my photos the same way. I expose them a bit and lower the shadows all the way in tone curve (using lightroom 5).

Bride and Groom right after their first look on their wedding day

3 sentence bio about you/your business: I am a Wedding photography located in Northern NJ and would love to travel for Weddings! It's my goal at every Wedding to capture raw, genuine emotions throughout the day. I like my photos to look as natural as possible and I keep my editing to a minimum. I am blessed to be able to call this my job and I love getting to know each and every one of my couples that end up becoming great friends! 

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