Photographed by Dan Jenson


When we hiked back to the car after this Elopement and the couple session was finished, we were super happy with what we got to photograph during the day. But, we also realized that we did not open the champagne bottle yet, so I asked the couple if they’d like to open it to celebrate the finish of their amazing day. Luckily they were still motivated, so I suggested sitting down in front of my car and pop the bottle there.

I always carry two big trash bags in my bag as a clean base to sit on for situations like this. I loved the fog rolling up from the valley through the light beams, creating a cinematic mood. It was quite a challenge to find the perfect distances between the car, the couple, and the camera and to find the best vertical position and camera angle to avoid direct backlight and at the same time compose the picture to my vision. Once I figured it out the rest worked by itself.
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“”Sit down in front of the car”..”Cuddle and enjoy!””
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Center FramedLower ThirdsWide

Symmetry is probably the easiest way to achieve a balanced composition. Placing your model in the middle of the frame is the most simple way to draw attention right to the couple. A lower camera position and shooting more upwards can add Drama to your Image and is also a good way to hide distractions in the background.


Single Point Focused on the couples faces Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Harsh LightArtificial LightBack lit

Equipment & EXIF

1/80 f/1.4 ISO 5000 WB Auto


Sony A7 III


Sony 35mm F1.4 ZA


Adobe Lightroom Classic Custom Preset

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Custom Preset

Challenges & Solutions


Road Austria

Kops Stausee

Zeinisjochstraße, 6794 Gaschurn, Austria

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Dan Jenson

Photographer Austria Sony A7 III Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8
Hi, I am Daniel. I live in the beautiful mountains of Austria. After photographing film for many years I was pretty late to the wedding game but immediately fell in love with it. I am capturing mainly local weddings and elopements to be able to spend as much time as possible with my lovely family and see my kids growing up. I love to connect with my couples and try to find and capture their deep connection and their story in a true and authentic way.
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„There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in“ – Leonard Cohen

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