Before
the Shoot

Location Equipment
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This photo was taken at Scotland’s famous Glencoe region on a day that was mostly dark and overcast. I’d scouted the area the day prior and picked out 3-4 locations/backdrops for the portrait shoot so after the ceremony, we jumped in the car and this was the 1st location we drove to. It was the evening time so the sun was descending behind the mountains but at the same time, it was cloudy so the light was mostly diffused. Just as we arrived at the location we noticed the clouds parting and the sun slowly starts to reveal itself. A beautiful golden light blanketed the landscape for just a few minutes before the sun fully descended so we dropped everything we were doing and shot like crazy!
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Location

Location Name

Glencoe

Location aDDRESS

56.653814, -4.860904

Country

United Kingdom

Location TYPE

Mountains

Equipment

Camera

Nikon D750

Flash

None

Lens

Nikkor 85mm 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 Intimate Almost Kiss

Description

We didn’t have much time as the light was disappearing fast so I had to think quickly on my feet. I asked the bride to position her shoulder into the groom’s chest because it seemed like the best positioning for them based on the direction the light was coming from.

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What was said

If you could stand like this (groom) and you (bride) could stand like this and push your shoulders into the groom’s chest that would be awesome. Now if you could turn to your right and connect your foreheads guys. Lastly, can you gently touch the bride’s face for a little bit and just close your eyes while you’re doing this guys.

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Composition

Why I composed the way I did

The main stars in this shot were the stunning light and the intimacy between the couple. In my opinion composition comes last in this particular photo and to be honest I wasn’t thinking too much about composition when I was taking this shot.

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Tags

Rule of Thirds Close Up Low Angle Intimate Framing

Focus

Focus mode

Single point continuous focus.

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Brides face

Focus description

I used single point continuous autofocus (centre frame) with the viewfinder, focused on the groom’s head, locked the focus and then slightly 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

AUTO

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

How the light was used

The sunlight was coming from the right hand side of the image and you can see the outline of light on the bride’s fingers. The light during the golden hour however it was also further diffused by a thin layer of cloud in front of it. This diffusion caused a beautiful orange/yellow glow that filled up the landscape and surrounded the couple.
It looked spectacular and we made the most of every second.

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Tags

Soft Light Moody Natural Light Cloudy Sunset

After
the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &
Presets

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

Edited with The Kitcheners ‘Emotive’ color preset.
The preset base was added and white balance corrected to make the shot warmer. Some exposure brush tool was used on the brides face to add a bit of extra light.

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Conclusion

Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

For this wedding I was collaborating with 2 really great videographers so the biggest challenge in this moment was taking turns getting our shots with the limited time we had. Communication and cooperation between each other was important for all of us to get a good result.

Solutions I found

If you’re going to be working alongside a videographer try and reach out to them before the wedding day and introduce yourself.
Having a good working relationship between photographer and videographer is vital if you’re both going to get the best result possible. Some of the most enjoyable and fulfilling weddings I’ve photographed were alongside videographers and there is nothing quite like the excitement of bouncing off one another creatively to achieve a result that I couldn’t have achieved if I’d been alone.

Advice

Part of being a good wedding photographer is knowing when to trust your instincts and for me this is part of the excitement of documenting a live event! It takes a lot of experience in the field to be able to be confident in your own decision-making but after some time you’ll get there.
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Photographed by

The Kitcheners

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