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For a long time, I dreamed of doing an elopement session in the mountains. During the pandemic, most of the couples that had their weddings canceled decided to do a small and intimate ceremony in the town hall instead. With this photoshoot, I wanted to show that you can have an intimate ceremony anywhere you want. With this photoshoot, I learned not to fear the blue hour and it gave me an opportunity to challenge myself as a photographer.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

The models are not professional models and they met for the first time in this photo session. I asked them to hold hands and just walk towards me as I didn’t want them to stand awkwardly in one place. I felt this location required natural and candid shots to be more relatable to clients as well.

What did you say?

Okay guys, now just hold hands and slowly walk towards me without looking at the camera! You can chat, laugh and do whatever you want that makes you comfortable.

How did you compose your image?

Firstly, when I saw this place I saw it as a perfect frame with trees from both sides and the moon in the middle. I placed the couple in the middle of the ‘frame’ and gave them posing directions. By having the couple naturally framed by the trees, the focus goes straight to them. Which is the goal of the composition.

How and what did you focus on?

I set up single point autofocus on the couple as they are the main subject of the photo. I used AI Servo as the couple was walking towards me and I wanted to track the focus on their faces.


How did you use the light in your image?

The sun was setting behind the mountain and the light was illuminating trees and the model faces. I wanted to combine the last light of the day with the moon behind them.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Canon 6D


Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4





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

I used India Earl Honey preset and adjusted it to a more natural look. I lifted the shadows as it was already dark and I wanted more detail on the couple and added some grain. Also, I used a spot removal tool in the lightroom to remove trash from the ground.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic


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What challenges did you face?

The biggest challenge was to work with two people that just met in the shooting location because it can go wrong very easily.

How did you solve them?

I took time to speak with them both, made them take time before the shoot to get to know each other, created a relaxed atmosphere, and avoided posing that would make them uncomfortable.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

I learned not to be afraid to experiment with different light situations and go out of my comfort zone. I was used to taking photos at golden hour and now I’m in love with the blue hour as well.

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Hola, I’m Emilija! A photographer based in Barcelona. I love the feeling of freedom climbing mountains, visiting new countries, chasing sunsets and trying delicious food. My heart starts beating faster when I listen to Janis Joplin, witnessing a beautiful love story, going for the first time in a new place.

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