the Shoot

Location Equipment
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Hailey was giving Jake eye kisses, it’s what they did to honor the little boy they lost. Instead of eye kisses, they call them “Ivar kisses”. Hailey had told me this was something they did every morning and night together so I wanted to make sure to get a photo of them doing this with the sunshine coming through, another huge representation for the couple of their little boy’s spirit!
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Location Name

Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City Utah

Location aDDRESS

Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA


United States

Location TYPE




Canon 5D Mark IV




Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Calm Holding Each other Intimate


I asked them to lay down however was comfortable in the grass and for her to lay on top of him like they would on the couch. I told them that I wanted them to do keep their faces close together, I kept my tone really calm so I could get an intimate moment for them while still being so close! I told her to kiss his face all over which lead to the ivar eye kisses.

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What was said

Lay down together like you would lay in bed, however is comfortable. Hailey I want you to lay across Jake’s chest and give him the eye “ivar” kisses you do together.

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Why I composed the way I did

I wanted this to feel close and intimate, so I shot it close up and cropped it in even closer filling the frame with just them. I wanted emphasis on the “ivar” eye kisses more than anything.

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Rule of Thirds Close Up Intimate Framing


Focus mode

Single Point Focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Guys cheek

Focus description

Since I was shooting into the sun, focusing was incredibly challenging. The flare caused by the sun made the camera really struggle to find a place to lock on to, but I wanted to keep this flare in the shot. So, what I did was use my hand and create a “temporary shield/hood” over the lens, blocking the sun slightly and then with one hand, found the focus. Immediately afterwards, I removed my hand (while keeping the shutter half-pressed) and took the shots.

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Shutter Speed






White Balance


Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &

How the light was used

For this shot, I wanted to capture the couple being backlit as it would be a beautiful representation of their late little boy, with the golden light streaming over them. I was sure to bring in as many light flares and pockets of golden light as I could to help bring this idea to life.

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Soft Light Back lit Rim Light Natural Light Sunny Afternoon

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

I pulled the vibrance back to make sure the skin tones didnt appear too red or orange, and then I added majority of the warmth in this image using the shadows of the split toning module. I also bumped the exposure up quite a bit and used chunkier grain.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The light was coming in from overhead and I wanted to make sure not to lose any detail to flares/light leaks, and it also makes it challenging to nail the focus when sunlight is coming directly into your lens.

Solutions I found

I covered the top of my lens with my hand to block the light! that way I was able to lock focus exactly where I wanted and kept depth and detail in the image.


Give your subjects time to move through the directions you give them. This was at least a minute after I gave them the direction to give ivar kisses, they had relaxed so much more and the image turned out less forced and more natural than if I would have just stopped at the first shot I got of them doing this!
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Photographed by

India Earl

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