Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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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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Location

Location Name

Glencoe

Location aDDRESS

Glencoe Mountains, Scotland

Country

United Kingdom

Location TYPE

Mountains

Equipment

Camera

Nikon D750

Flash

None

Lens

Nikkor 35mm f/1.8

Lens Filter

None

Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

During
the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Directions

Tags

Calm Holding Each other Kissing Sitting

Description

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.

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What was said

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.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

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.

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Tags

Rule of Thirds Center Framed Leading Lines Wide Full Body

Focus

Focus mode

Single point focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Brides face

Focus description

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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Shutter Speed

1/2500

Aperture

f/2.0

ISO

100

White Balance

5600

Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &
Exposure

How the light was used

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’.

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Tags

Soft Light Moody Natural Light Rainy

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

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.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The main challenge was the cold weather.

Solutions I found

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.

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.
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Photographed by

The Kitcheners

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