Photographed by David Conaty

Story

I’ve been to this location multiple times on the Isle of Skye, but this was my first time taking a couple – it’s full of these small hills and is a popular tourist attraction because of it.

The elopement was in late August and this was shot in the middle of the afternoon, with the harsh summer sun beaming down on us. The sky was completely covered in a blanket of grey clouds, so it presented the perfect opportunity to create a dramatic, minimal image using lots of negative space.

I always try to pre-visualize images as I visit new locations and often location-scout the day before an elopement to see where the photographic opportunities are. Chelsea and Hunter’s elopement was incredibly beautiful and their ceremony was very emotional – we’d chatted a lot in the months leading up to their day, building a rapport and friendship, so, when their day came, I had a good sense of who they were as a couple.

I knew they shared quite an intense connection and an adventurous streak, so wanted their images to reflect that. I learned that often the best images you make are the easiest ones to create – to keep things simple and let the day flow naturally.
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Directions

CalmHolding Each otherNatural

“Okay, guys, I want you to walk to the top of the hill here and hug in tightly when you get there – Hunter, it’s getting a little chilly, so just hold Chelsea nice and tightly to warm her up”
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Composition

Center FramedLower ThirdsBroken RulesMinimalisticWideLow AngleNegative Space

When composing images like this, think about balance. Because the sky was completely covered in a blanked of grey cloud, the image is mirrored left to right. If there was a cloud on the left and not on the right, it wouldn’t be balanced and wouldn’t work. The same goes for any element – if something is on one side of the image, try to make sure it balances with the other side.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The couple Continuous Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightBack litBrightNatural LightCloudyAfternoon

Equipment & EXIF

1/4000 f/2.5 ISO 100 WB Auto

Camera

Nikon D750

Lens

Sigma Art 85mm f/1.4

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic The Kitchener Emotive Preset

This image was edited with

The Kitchener Emotive Preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Hill United Kingdom

The Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen Car Park, IV51 9XX, UK.

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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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