Photographed by Brittany West Photography


This beautiful couple wanted an epic Yosemite elopement and wanted their portrait session as husband and wife with the infamous half dome in the background. I knew the perfect location that would provide the best backdrop the national park could offer with an epic sunrise. To get to this location and make it in time to witness the sunrise we left the hotel at 3 am.
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CalmHolding HandsNatural

“Guys, look out towards the valley and enjoy the sunrise for a few moments together, and hold hands. Really take in this moment together as a couple and forget all about me shooting here”
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Center FramedWideFull BodyNatural Frames

Finding objects to frame your subject can really help draw the viewer’s eye into a center composed image.


Single Point Focused on The back of the bride Live View Single Shot
Light & Weather

Harsh LightBack litRim LightBrightSunnySunset

Equipment & EXIF

1/8000 f/1.4 ISO 200 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Photoshop / Camera Raw Gabe McClintock’s Roam Preset

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Gabe McClintock's Roam Preset

Challenges & Solutions


Cliffs United States

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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Brittany West Photography

Photographer United States of America Canon 5D Mark IV Canon EF 50mm F/1.2L
Hello fellow creatives! I’m an elopement and destination wedding photographer that lives to tell the story of a couple’s indescribable connection. Capturing these beautiful moments has lead me to some extraordinary locations and allowed me to develop a deep appreciation for each of my couple’s unique love stories.
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