Using an 85mm Lens to Evoke Intimacy In Wedding Portraits

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Using an 85mm Lens to Evoke Intimacy In Wedding Portraits

Using an 85mm Lens to Evoke Intimacy In Wedding Portraits

Sometimes as a wedding photographer, it can feel like you are on a quest to take the one photo that perfectly tells the narrative of that one particular day. One frame that sums up the emotions felt when two people stand together and make their union official, a day focused on their relationship and celebrated by the people they surround themselves with.

For me, this photo by the brilliant Bernadeta Kupiec looks like one of those images. By eliminating any distracting elements, the entire focus of this image is on the couple’s connection and all the nuances within it. The strength in the bride’s hand appears to support her partner and her eyes are closed which can be a sign of deep trust.

By choosing the 85mm for this, Bernadeta invites the viewer into their inner world with an intimacy that may have just been a few seconds on a wedding day but has been expertly recorded for their future reference.

This is a deceptively simple but eloquently executed image that displays a mastery level of timeless and romantic wedding photography.

Using an 85mm Lens to Evoke Intimacy In Wedding Portraits

THE DETAILS

CAMERA: Canon R6 | Canon 85/1.8

SETTINGS: ISO 160 | f2.2 | 1/2000

PRESET: Own Preset

WHAT Bernadeta SAID

“I gave them a space to be there and the magic happened.”

The story behind the photo is very simple. After the ceremony, when all the guests left for the venue the couple and I stayed a bit longer near the church for the couples portraits. It was a very sunny day, the light was still too harsh but the trees gave a nice shadow. We went for a very short walk. I asked the couple to stop and face each other. I gave them a space to be there and the magic happened.

THE TECH TALK

Using an 85mm Lens to Evoke Intimacy In Wedding Portraits

“It was a very sunny day and I didn’t have a lot to talk about the timing for couples portraits. It happened straight after the ceremony so the light was still too harsh. I found a path with trees growing on both sides that gave shadowy patches. The sun was behind the couple. I took this photo from below, staying a bit further using the 85mm.”

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