• almost kiss
  • calm
  • Close up
  • Cloudy
  • gentle
  • holding each other
  • holding her face
  • intimate
  • Intimate Framing
  • Low angle
  • Moody
  • Natural Light
  • Rule of thirds
  • Soft Light
  • Sunset

The story behind the image

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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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Describe how you spoke to 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.

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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.

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Tone of Directions



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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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

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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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Brides face

Equipment &

Nikon D750
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
1/2500 @ f/2.0 ISO100 WB-AUTO

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

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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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit 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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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


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.

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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.

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Location Name


Location aDDRESS

56.653814, -4.860904

Loation Type



United Kingdom

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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