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Wedding Photographer Castellaneta,Taranto. Italy. Francesco Gravina shares a wedding photography technique.

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Normally, I work with three different cameras at a time, but I don't have a default setting I use, I like to change it according to the photo, the space, the light.
I prefer to always work with another photographer that can captures the same moments from a different perspective. For bride/groom preparation and backstage, I prefer working indoors but for the rest of the Wedding, outdoor work is much more rewarding. I like to capture the less obvious moments and closer to the couple and the family: those who can truly describe their marriage.

The bride in the picture has Tex-Mex origins, and her strong personality filled the room with energy. Her bridesmaids, mother, hairdresser were all in the same large and airy room joking around, listening to music and sipping Prosecco. Everyone was trying to help her with make-up and dressing up. There was a swarm of people excited about the event. And I wanted to reveal this in my shots. In that particular moment I was placed on my knees on the floor, behind the sister who was helping her to wear shoes while the hairdresser was making her hairdo. I liked this situation and I was lucky and attentive to capture even her smile. The bride had an incredibly beautiful smile. I tried to be attentive at all times when she was smiling.

The main difficulty was the space and the need of hiding the side of the bed that was between me and the bride, difficulty increased by the fact that I was working with a zoom and I wanted to tell as much as possible in a single shot.

Looking at the photos you can see the perfect balance between the hands close to the shoes of the bride, and the hands through her hair, which are located at the two opposite corners of the photo. I didn't want to include the other two people, but only the action that was taking place, and focus on the bride. Just her, as I wanted to immortalise her spontaneous smile that screamed with excitement.

The shot was taken with a Nikon DF camera
Lens 85mm f / 1.8
Setting ISO 640
Exposure 1/250
Opening f / 2.5

The post production was simple because the shot for me was already good in 'raw', I just turned into black and white with a slight vignetting to accentuate the attention on his face.

I'm very pleased the final result and personally this is one of my favourites shot. Feelings and emotions shoots are what I like most, especially when are naturally caught . The couple have immediately appreciated this particular shot.

The bride had one of the most beautiful rooms in a breathtaking location, an old farmhouse in the countryside of Puglia, Italy. The room was simple and with washed white walls. But the bride and her bridesmaids filled up with colorful and Mexican details, dear to her and her friends.

The wedding was in Italy, more specifically South Italy in the fantastic scenery of Puglia.

I had a fantastic couple and a day full of 'perfect moments' to catch. A maniacal and tailored work of organization and preparation of the entire wedding and location, thanks to the staff of In the Mood For Love, that managed to synthesize the origins and traditions of the couple (Danish groom and Tex-mex bride) in the context that is Puglia. All this has contributed to have a fantastic result for what I can define 'my perfect wedding' with no doubts.





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