the Shoot

Location Equipment
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This moment was captured at Scotland’s famous Glencoe region on a dark and cloudy day not too far from the venue.
I’d scouted the area the day prior and picked out 3-4 backdrops for the portrait shoot so, after the ceremony, we jumped in the car and this was the 2nd location we drove to.

This photo was actually taken while we were walking downhill to a river location I’d scouted earlier. While we were walking and chatting away I noticed a beautiful backdrop behind them so I had to politely interrupt and set up the shot. I always pre-plan for portrait shoots but at the same time I’m always on the lookout for those ‘happy accidents’. Sometimes they can be the best shots!
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Location Name

Glen Etive

Location aDDRESS

Gualachulain Ballachulish PH49 4JA UK


United Kingdom

Location TYPE




Nikon D750




Nikkor 35mm f/1.4

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Natural Walking Movement


I wanted this photo to have a sense of adventure and discovery so after spotting a beautiful backdrop I positioned myself and asked the couple to walk from point A to point B while looking up at the mountains that were also located behind me. I asked the bride to take the groom’s hand and lead him down the hill while taking in the amazing scenery. I asked them to do this twice so I had more of a chance to capture the perfect shot.

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What was said

Can you take his hand and slowly walk from ‘here’ to ‘there’. As you’re walking pretend I’m not here and every few seconds can you look up at the mountains behind me. That was perfect! if we could do the exact same thing one more time, that would be awesome!

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Why I composed the way I did

I wanted the couple to play a prominent role in the photo so I composed the shot so that they were larger than the mountains behind them. As they were walking I positioned myself a bit lower down the hill and kneeled on the ground to shoot in an upwards direction and doing so gave them dominance in the image.

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Rule of Thirds Low Angle Off Center


Focus mode

Single point continuous autofocus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Brides face

Focus description

Single point continuous autofocus (center frame) with the viewfinder, focused on the bride’s face, locked the focus, and then quickly recomposed the shot.

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Shutter Speed






White Balance


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

How the light was used

By this time of the day the sun was low and some cloud set in so the light was soft and diffused. This kind of light can be really great if you’re trying to achieve a more ‘painterly’ look. This kind of light can also be very flattering so it’s always a pleasure to shoot in.

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Soft Light Dark Natural Light Cloudy Blue Hour

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

Firstly our color preset was applied. Then white balance and exposure were corrected and the image was cropped and straightened slightly. I used the exposure brush tool to brighten the couple a little bit.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

When photographing outdoor elopements in rugged landscapes the safety of the couple is really important. On the particular shot, it had rained a bit earlier so the terrain was very slippery. We had to be sure to walk slowly, especially as the bride was wearing a long dress.

Solutions I found

Before each outdoor elopement or wedding, it’s wise to communicate with the couple the possible challenges and unpredictable nature of the landscape. I always recommend appropriate footwear (leather boots) and suggest to them to bring an extra layer of clothing that could be worn on top of the dress (a shawl, cardigan, or dress coat for example).


Have a plan ready in place for your portrait shoot but always be ready for any unexpected opportunities that can come along. Some of the nicest photos we’ve taken were the ones that would have been impossible to setup.
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Photographed by

The Kitcheners

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