Photographed by David Conaty


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.
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“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”
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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.


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


Sony A7III


Sigma 85mm f/1.4

Additional Equipment

Nisi Black Mist Filter - 1/4


Adobe Lightroom Classic The Kitchener Emotive Preset

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The Kitchener Emotive Preset

Challenges & Solutions


Hotel United Kingdom


Glencoe House Hotel, Glencoe, PH49 4HT

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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!
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