• Backlit
  • Center Framed
  • clear sky
  • couple hugging
  • Cuddle
  • Forest
  • Haze
  • Outdoor
  • spray
  • waterfalls
  • wide shot

The story behind the image

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After their beach ceremony Bonnie + Scott got hiked to this waterfall in Whittier, Alaska. They hiked it before and wanted to go back on their wedding day and get photos there! I was inspired by the light and how it hit the mist off of the waterfall!

It was a glowing force in my eyes and It was SO LOUD and THUNDEROUS that it was hard to hear over the water and it was magical to feel it on my feet in the warm sun!

I learned a lot in editing that the mist creates a cool “fog” over the photo!
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Because the waterfall was so loud I knew they wouldn’t be able to hear me. I told them to walk to the waterfall and just do slow and romantic movements. Dance a little, smooch a little and embrace in the mist of this glacier spring!

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What did you say?

“I know you won’t be able to hear me over the loud water so when you walk over there to that log, face each other with your bodies and then dance and sway! Then slowly smooch and repeat!”

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I wanted the ENTIRE scene in this photo. From the treetops to the pebbles in the river. It was such a marvel to see with naked eyes that I knew in camera it would need to be a wide angle!

I grabbed my 24mm and shot all that glowing light and mist until my heart was content!

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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focus on the couple and the mist! I wanted the wind in her hair to be wild and natural ! It was difficult due to the water droplets, mist and glare but I shot pretty wide open to try and capture it all.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot

Focus POints

Single Focus Point

Focused on

brides face/hair

Equipment &

Canon 5d Mark IV
canon 24-105
1/640 @ f/4.0 ISO100 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

It was a bright sunny day and the waterfall was deep in the mountains/woods. The light in there was spotty and coming from behind a hill. It shown through a crack in the waterfall line and lit up the water as it splashed.

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Time of day


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I used a base of Dawn Photo Campfire presets and touched it up to fit a more warmer toned, dense and moody vibe.

The light coming through the cracks was so beautiful but I used both the brush tools and gradient light to really make it pop and come alive! I added more light, texture, dehazing and sharpening to view more water droplets as well.

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Editing Software
Lightroom Classic


The challenges as always is nature itself. Walking in the heat to a waterfall, the loud water crashing and splashing and the wind whipping her hair and the mist was a lot to try and battle.

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When you embrace nature and all the elements it adds to the photo it makes for a romantic shot!

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Location Name

Whittier, Alaska

Location aDDRESS

Whittier, AK 99693

Loation Type



United States

I learned to chase the light! Playing around in lightroom with the gradient tools and brushes was a lot of fun making the waterfall POP!

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