• Adventurous
  • arctic
  • Arms around each other
  • bride and groom looking out
  • Center Framed
  • Cold
  • hazy sky
  • ice
  • ice berg
  • Looking out
  • Moody
  • moody sky
  • Outdoor
  • Simple Pose
  • Snow
  • Wide

The story behind the image

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This couple came from the midwest all the way to Alaska to elope. They wanted the blue glaciers, helicopter rides and moody black sand beach photos so that’s what we got, and we did it all in the rain. After their ceremony on the beach we boarded a helicopter to take off in Seward, Alaska. It was raining so hard but they embraced it, if not even loved dancing in their soaked clothes.

Once we landed on the side of a Glacial Lagoon, I wanted them to really take in the moment. I told them to turn away from me, embrace eachother and take in the gorgeous views without worrying about anything else but where they were and what their eyes were seeing. I told them to take a deep breathe and just be still.

i think it is important that each couple take a second to just enjoy where they are and the scenery.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I asked the to walk towards the Lagoon, give eachother a hug and enjoy the view. They liked taking that moment to take it all in and it’s super important to remember it’s their wedding day and not just all about the photos.

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What did you say?

“Okay guys, walk to the beach, hug each other and take in that view! Now take a deep inhale and breathe it out! Really smell that mountain air.”

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Tone of Directions



I wanted the couple to be beneath the arch shaped glacier because it was almost a symbolic wedding arbor. It also shows the scale of the Iceberg and how small they are compared to it.

I love layers in a photo and the more layering I can to show depth of field, the better! So I included the pebble peach, the lagoon, and the icebergs.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I wanted the couple in focus for this one but it was a stormy, humid, cloudy day that the sticky raindrops and misty air fogged up my lens freaquently and I ended up liking a few that had a “film” over it like this one. Everything was slightly out of focus adding to that filmy/rainy/icelandic vibe.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

Back of couple's heads

Equipment &

Canon 5d Mark IV
Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 G2
1/2500 @ f/2.8 ISO125 WB-Auto

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

I had dark and moody lighting! It was later in the day in the rain and deep rolling clouds set in. You wouldn’t even know where the sun was if you tried! Just steady reflective moody lighting which is my personal favorite

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Light Type

Natural Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I start with a Base of the Campfire Presets by Dawn Photo in Film2. I then change it up to fit the photo and the mood. I shoot rather under exposed and change multiple things to bring out those Alaskan Blues. I did not clone or heal anything and I don’t use anything other than Lightroom.

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Editing Software


The challenge here was definitely the dark and stormy skies with pouring rain. Keeping your lens and camera dry is super important but when the wind is blowing the rain sometimes you have to take it and use it in something creative!

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I use a “camera poncho” to keep it dry but when little rain drops and mist gathered on my lens I used it and added a bit of grain to make it moody.

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Location Name

Bear Glacier Lagoon

Location aDDRESS

Bear Glacier, Alaska 99664

Loation Type



United States

I learned to embrace the day in even bad weather. My couple loved it afterall! They took time to be still, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment and what THEY get to see instead of what the camera saw.

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