Johanna Rosenlew turns to paintings from the Dutch Golden Age for inspiration in her work. Though it isn’t always easy to create chiaroscuro (the strong contrasts between dark and light), Rosenlew always looks for ways to use natural light with rich, moody tones. She never lets the pursuit for this aesthetic get in the way of the day as it would naturally unfold, observing and capturing sincere or energy-filled moments without disturbing the party or faking a scene for the camera. “The biggest compliment is when a stranger says [the photos] make them feel something,” she says, “even when they don’t know the person in the photograph.”

Check out the behind-the-scenes stories on some of the photos from her submission.