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Whenever we photograph our couples there are always 2 things we’re trying to do at the same time:
1. Take amazing photos (obviously)
2. Give the couple an amazing experience

The couple in this photo flew all the way from China to experience the Scottish Highlands together and asked me to document their story. It was the bride’s dream to be photographed in the rugged landscape of Glencoe so I wanted to make sure I could make this the most unforgettable experience possible for them both.

It’s always a win when a couple can love their photos but also remember what an amazing experience they had having them taken.

We hadn’t had the chance to Skype and meet each other so I arranged to meet them in a nearby hotel carpark and carpool together in my car while we drove around Glencoe. I usually find that this is a great way to get to know one another in a short period of time in between driving to different nearby locations.

I got to show them some of the most beautiful locations Glencoe has to offer and by the end of the shoot we had an amazing connection. After receiving their photos a few weeks later when they had returned to Chine, they emailed to say how much they love their photos and what and unforgettable time they had.

Mission accomplished!

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I asked them to sit on this particular spot on the wall, him sitting behind her with his arms holding her. It was cold so I asked him to hold her tight to keep her warm. I then asked them to simply close their eyes.

What did you say?

While you’re sitting in this position, could you put your arms around her and hold her tight to keep her warm. If you could then both close your eyes and give her some kisses on the side of her face.

How did you compose your image?

I liked the way the wall leads the eye from the bottom right of the frame to the top left. I positioned the couple in the middle so that the line of the wall would intersect with them in the middle of the photo.

How and what did you focus on?

I used single point autofocus (centre frame) with the viewfinder, focused on the bride’s face, locked the focus and then recomposed the shot to achieve the exact framing I wanted.

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How did you use the light in your image?

It was an overcast and cloudy day so the light was mostly diffused however if you look at the outline of the groom’s suit you can see that the sun was positioned to the top right of the frame. I positioned the couple this way because the outline of light (hair light) around the groom’s head and body provides some great background separation which makes the couple ‘pop’.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Nikon D750

Lens

Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/2500

Aperture

f/2.0

ISO

100

White Balance

5600

How did you edit your image & what did you use?

This photo was edited with our very own colour preset as our base. Various brush adjustments were made to the couple and background to even out the exposure.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

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What challenges did you face?

The main challenge was the cold weather.

How did you solve them?

Before the shoot I always ask my couples to come prepared with an extra layer they can wear over the top of the dress in the event that it is cold.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Taking amazing photos is one thing but giving the couple an unforgettable experience is a major part of our job and crucial to longterm business.

The Kitcheners

Shooting since

2011

Current Home

Scotland

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We’re Dylan and Joanna and we’ve been photographing weddings and elopements since 2011. Lovers of the great outdoors, an adventure and meeting new people, it was our passion for all of these things that led us to find one another in Australia 11 years ago. We didn’t waste time, we got engaged after 3 months and tied the knot pretty soon after. It all happened pretty quickly but sometimes you just know when you know! For a long time we were both looking for a way to express ourselves creatively and after searching high and low we discovered that photographing people in love and their stories was what made our hearts race. We’re passionate about the real emotions, the honest moments and capturing how it all really felt. To us that’s what it’s all about! Today we live in Edinburgh, Scotland documenting elopements and weddings around the UK, Europe and further abroad.

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