Photographed by The Kitcheners


This moment was captured on one of the most emotional elopement days I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. The couple (also mega-amazing photographers) flew in from Poland to elope in the Scottish highlands in Fall with their closest friends. The groom happened to also be a really talented musician and on the morning of their elopement (before their ‘first look’) the groom surprised the bride with a song played on acoustic guitar.
It was a moment I remember vividly and a moment that I knew I had to capture properly to do it justice.
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“If you (bride) could position yourself here against this wall and look towards the window that would be great and if you (groom) could stand just outside the room here to the right of the door that would be awesome. Ok guys, whenever you feel ready!:)”
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Using the 85mm (or 135mm) is a great way to compress the shot and capture intimacy without having to be too close physically. Great for emotional moments such as this one or during a ceremony or ‘first look’.


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

Soft LightDirectional LightWindow LightNatural LightIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/400 f/2.0 ISO 4000 WB AUTO


Nikon D750


Nikkor 85mm f/1.8

Additional Equipment

Pro-Mist Filter


Adobe Lightroom Classic The Kitcheners ‘Emotive’ presets

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The Kitcheners 'Emotive' presets

Challenges & Solutions


Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment United Kingdom


Glencoe 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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