Photographed by David Conaty

Story

This elopement was very special for me – it was my first of 2022 after 3 months of minimal shooting. I’d been doing a lot of reflection over winter honing in on areas I could improve upon. One of those areas was being more confident in directing a scene and allowing the artist within me to come through. I’d been inspired by watching lots of movies over the winter and knew this would be the perfect place to create beautiful cinematic images for my couple.

They got ready in a stunning old country mansion in Glencoe and were so welcoming, making me feel right at home when I arrived. I always arrive 20-30 minutes earlier than I tell them, so I can chill out for a bit, which I find helps them relax. I also take time to scout where I am and find ideas for framing and composition where the best light is. Their bedroom had huge windows with wooden shutters looking out to the mountains. I knew this would make the perfect location for getting ready shots because I could use the wooden shutters to control the light and create dramatic, minimal getting ready shots.

I shut all of the wooden shutters apart from one, which created a small shaft of light. Then, I simply asked the groom to stand in front of the window at an angle, get ready as he would normally, and to occasionally gaze out of the window. Then, I exposed for the highlights and photographed him from the side, which cast the background into darkness.
Read More

Directions

CalmNaturalSimple

“Okay, so stand here with your body facing the corner of this window frame and slowly put your jacket on as your normally would, doing up the buttons. Look up to the mountains outside every now and then and I’ll snap away”
Read More

Composition

Center FramedMiddle ThirdsMinimalisticMid Range

If you’re unsure about which composition to go for, shoot two or three versions and decide in post-production. Also, take your time to nail your composition, even if it means asking your subject to repeat movements. It’s better to know you got it than hope you did. I find shooting using the rear LCD rather than the viewfinder also helps with composition.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on Groom’s Eye Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Harsh LightDirectional LightDarkMoodyWindow LightNatural LightIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/250 f/1.4 ISO 160 WB 5927

Camera

Sony A7III

Lens

Sigma 85mm f/1.4

Additional Equipment

Nisi Black Mist Filter - 1/4

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic The Kitchener Emotive Preset

This image was edited with

The Kitchener Emotive Preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Hotel United Kingdom

Glencoe

Glencoe House Hotel, Glencoe, PH49 4HT

Final tips & Advice

Help us tag
this image so it's
easier to find

This story is tagged:

Leave your suggestions below (separated by a comma, please)

Like this post and want to come back to it later?
Add to Favourites Remove from Favorites

David Conaty

Photographer Isle of Skye Sony A7III Sigma Art 85mm f/1.4
Hi, I’m David, an elopement photographer based on the Isle of Skye, and I’ve been shooting elopements in the UK since 2021. It all started when I took up photography as a way to spend more time with my Dad when he got ill. When he passed away, I inherited all of his gear and wanted to make the most of it. And, well, here we are. I found comfort in photography in a way I never thought possible and it has allowed me to express the creative side of myself which had become lost. I’m fascinated by human connection and feel honoured to peek into the lives of my couples for their elopement, telling their story in a way that reflects their true spirit. I’m a bit of an introvert, a lover of wild and epic landscapes, and a sentimental romantic at heart. In my spare time, you’ll find me in full on Dad mode to my twin girls, Eisa and Reina, who keep me on my toes!
Read More
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life”

Designed with love by Katharina + Katharina & Shayne Thomas. Background image by Adrián Vilanova

Choose a plan:

Most Popular

$14

Per month

$34

Every 3 Months

$119

Every 12 Months

All prices are inclusive of the German Mwst. 19%

Each plans give you access to all content, current & future and can be cancelled at any time. When you become a premium member, you’re supporting not just the platform, but the artists too. 

Welcome, Friend!