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I have such incredible memories from this emotional wedding day and it was an inspiration witnessing the wonderful connection of these two human beings.

I remember checking my weather app constantly that day as rain and strong wind were forecast so we had to time the shoot perfectly before the weather deteriorated. In the end, the wind was a blessing because it only added to the drama of the photo with J’s (amazing) hair blowing crazily.

After photographing at the loch and finishing up with a few quick photos at a nearby forest (where it was less windy!) it started to rain heavily just as we jumped in the car and drove back to the evening reception. We couldn’t have timed it more perfectly and the result turned out better than I could have planned for.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

The couple was standing atop an elevated rock with very little room to move so naturally they had to be positioned very close to one another. I asked the couple to stand on the rock and simply hold each other strongly with J’s hand positioned on M’s head as I wanted to evoke a dramatic and romantic feeling. I wanted the soft light from the sky to touch J’s face so I asked J to tilt his head upwards and rest his chin on M’s head as he was slightly taller. I then asked them to simply close their eyes and hold this position for 30 seconds as I moved around capturing some different angles.

What did you say?

Ok guys can you help each other onto this rock and please just watch your footing guys. Ok now if you could face one another, hold each other tight and try and remain as still as possible for around 30 seconds that would be awesome. J actually could you look upwards towards the sky and place your hand on M’s head. Now just close your eyes guys.

How did you compose your image?

The image doesn’t contain any leading lines and the light is flat so the drama and emotion between the couple in the photo is what makes it stand out. Firstly I chose to use a 50 mm lens as I felt like this was a good focal length taking into account the distance I was standing at and it allowed the couple to dominate the frame. I chose to shoot upwards and in a vertical orientation as I wanted to convey a feeling of the couple towering above everything into the dramatic sky.

How and what did you focus on?

Single point continuous focus (center frame) with the viewfinder. I focused around the groom’s eye, locked the focus, and then recomposed the shot (‘focus and recomposing’ technique). I use focus and recomposing techniques throughout most of the wedding day as I find it the quickest way to focus and compose the shot.

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How did you use the light in your image?

The early afternoon light was easy to work with as the sun was diffused by the thick clouds overhead. Diffused outdoor light is always great because it gives you the freedom to shoot in any direction that you wish. Because of this though, composition and/or the feeling and emotion in the frame usually has to take center stage. Cloudy skies and diffused light is fantastic for creating a painterly feel that can add a lot of drama to the photo

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Nikon Z6

Lens

Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/1000

Aperture

f/2.0

ISO

100

White Balance

Auto

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

I used our ‘Emotive’ color preset as a base. I wanted the image to have a dark and dramatic feel so I lowered the exposure slider and adjusted the temperature and tint to achieve the tones I was looking for. I then used the brush tool to add some detail/clarity to the clouds. Lastly, I added some extra vignettes to the photo to draw attention to the couple.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset

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What challenges did you face?

The biggest challenge was the wind. When I think back to this portrait shoot I remember just how windy it was and how careful we had to be when they were standing elevated on the small rock. I didn’t want them to stand there for too long in case a gust of wind came so I knew I had to work quickly. Another challenge was the Groom’s hair blowing crazily and covering their faces.

How did you solve them?

I positioned them in this direction so that the wind wasn’t blowing J’s long hair into M’s face. I made sure to fire off a crazy amount of photos to capture a shot where J’s hair wasn’t looking too wild. I made sure to work very quickly as the wind was getting really strong and I wanted the guys to feel safe.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Use the wind to your advantage. All the most dramatic photos we’ve taken usually involve some element of wind in the photos. It adds movement and drama to a photo that would otherwise look very calm and tame in comparison.

The Kitcheners

Shooting since

2011

Current Home

Scotland

Website

Instagram

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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