• amongst trees
  • Outdoor
  • Wide
  • Walking
  • walk towards camera
  • Sunset
  • sun from right
  • Slightly Cloudy
  • scenery
  • portrait wide
  • nature
  • blue sky
  • natural frames
  • moon
  • lower thirds
  • late
  • holding hands
  • Evening
  • cliff
  • Center Framed
  • wide shot

The story behind the image

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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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Describe how you spoke to 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.

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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.

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Tone of Directions



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.

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Lower Thirds


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

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.

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Focus Mode

Continuous Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

Bride's face

Equipment &

Canon 6D
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art
1/3200 @ f/2.2 ISO200 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 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.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day


Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

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.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


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

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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.

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Location Name


Location aDDRESS

Alella, Barcelona, Spain

Loation Type




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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