Photographed by The Kitcheners

Story

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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Directions

CalmHolding Each otherKissingSitting

“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

Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedLeading LinesWideFull Body

Using a wide angle lens (24mm, 35mm) is a great way of capturing both the subject and the environment that they’re in. I wanted to stand at a distance from the couple that was ideal for capturing both the environment and the intimacy in the photo.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Brides face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightMoodyNatural LightRainy

Equipment & EXIF

1/2500 f/2.0 ISO 100 WB 5600

Camera

Nikon D750

Lens

Nikkor 35mm f/1.8

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic ‘Emotive’ presets by The Kitcheners

This image was edited with

'Emotive' presets by The Kitcheners

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Mountains United Kingdom

Glencoe

Glencoe Mountains, Scotland

Final tips & Advice

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The Kitcheners

Photographer Scotland Nikon D780 Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
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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