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This image was taken during a mentor session a few summers back. I wanted to find a couple to model for us who weren’t afraid to be themselves in front of a couple of cameras- Lindsey and Rhett were perfect for the job! We ended up starting a lot later than we’d hoped when we found out the road to the mountain we were planning on driving up was closed, so we had to take a short walk up the hill instead just before the sun was gone. We spent the whole time laughing and I loved capturing their love.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I asked Lindsey and Rhett if they felt comfortable with a little shoulder ride and they didn’t even hesitate. I had Lindsey hop on top of Rhett’s shoulders and asked him to walk around a bit. I had Lindsey airplane her arms around like she’s having the time of her life and the giggles that followed came naturally.

What did you say?

Would you be able to climb up on his shoulders? Rhett, spin her around and walk a little and Lindsey, throw your head back and laugh, and wave your hands around like you’re having the best time ever if you feel balanced.

How did you compose your image?

I wanted to give a feeling of a really fun and carefree moment between the two because they were huge goofballs together, which I loved. So I chose to shoot slightly upward toward Lindsey but keep them in the middle of the frame to keep the focus on the moment.

How and what did you focus on?

I used single point autofocus and manually adjusted it to focus on Lindsey’s chest. This is typically an easier place for the camera to focus on rather than their eyes but always gets their face in focus as well. I shot through the viewfinder since it’s easier to take a bunch of quick shots of a moving subject.


How did you use the light in your image?

Since we started a little late this photo was taken during the “blue hour” phase of the sunset. I faced the subjects toward the little light source we had so that they were lit up as much as possible. I used Kelvin white balance and really ramped up the temperature in-camera to bring in as much warmth and color to the subjects’ skin tones.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L II





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How did you edit your image & what did you use?

I used my custom preset ANP 6 which is the warmest upon application. The image was still a little green in tint so I increased the purple tint by about +15 points. I added a little more saturation in the oranges to bring more warmth to the skin tones. Since there was a lot of red color pulling up in Rhett’s cheeks because of the way the shadows were hitting him. I used the brush tool to decrease the saturation and increase the exposure slightly just in the areas that needed

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

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What challenges did you face?

Lighting! We didn’t have a ton of time since getting to the location took longer than we thought so we had to work quickly with just a little time during blue hour.

How did you solve them?

Use Kelvin white balance and shoot warmer than normal to add color in-camera, face the light source.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Try to use prompts and poses based on the couples’ personalities. Some people take a little bit to loosen up, some people are more reserved naturally and prefer specific posing, and some are fine being total goofballs and feel more natural with movement and interactive direction. Do your best to read their relationship and use that to create genuine emotional images!

Autumn Nicole

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Hi friends! My name is Autumn. I’m a wedding and elopement photographer based in beautiful Utah. I soak up as much inspiration as I can from the beautiful nature I’m so lucky to live near. Photography has such a huge place in my heart. I love capturing that magical connection between two people and taking photos that capture them and their relationship in the truest form. So excited to be here and help you guys learn!

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