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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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How did you direct your subject(s)?

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.

What did you say?

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.

How did you compose your image?

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.

How and what did you focus on?

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.


How did you use the light in your image?

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.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Nikon D750


Nikkor 85mm f/1.8





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How did you edit your image & what did you use?

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.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

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What challenges did you face?

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.

How did you solve them?

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.

Can you share any last thoughts or 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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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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