Photographed by India Earl

Story

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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Directions

CalmHolding Each otherIntimate

Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
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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“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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Composition

Rule of ThirdsClose UpIntimate Framing

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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don’t be afraid to get close, and then to crop in even closer in post to create intimacy in the image!

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Guys cheek Single Shot Autofocus
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.
Light & Weather

Soft LightBack litRim LightNatural LightSunnyAfternoon

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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Equipment & EXIF

1/3200 f/2.8 ISO 200 WB 6500K

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic Honey Preset

Software used:

 

Adobe Lightroom

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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This image was edited with

Honey Preset

Challenges & Solutions
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.

Location

Canyon United States

Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City Utah

Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Final tips & Advice

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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India Earl

Photographer United States of America Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 35mm f/1.4
I’m a photographer focusing on documenting love stories of all kinds. Photographing couple’s connections is something so special and close to my heart, capturing who they really are and what their love looks like means the world to me. I’ve never wanted to just be another photographer that can put a couple in front of a pretty sunset and call it good, I’ve always wanted to take things a step further for my clients and make sure they walk away with photos that capture more than just a scene. I have been a photographer for 11 years now and am based in Utah with my two pups and flock of chickens.
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