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This photo was from a series that we personally created as a styled shoot. I imagined a wild and free runaway elopement and shared my ideas with this couple we found through Instagram. They exactly fit the vibe we were hoping for (Fun, edgy, and willing to play the part). This particular photo stemmed from the high we had from the 2 hours we had together which lead up to this point. This was one of the final photos we took that day.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

I wanted this shoot to resonate the idea that they just eloped and they were feeling thrilled to finally tie the knot. I mentally drilled this idea in their heads through setting the pace and explaining things like the vision and the emotions. This photo was a sequence of movements that lead from them spinning each other and then the groom picking up the bride.

What did you say?

Hold each others hands and spin each other as fast as you can! Okay, “groom” pick up “bride” over your shoulder and keep spinning her, and try to keep looking at her. “Bride,” while looking at the camera stick your tongue out and give me a middle finger.

How did you compose your image?

I was trying to keep up with the couple because they were moving so fast so I tried to centre frame the shot. Also aiming to frame the shot so I can accurately capture the emotions from their facial expressions.

How and what did you focus on?

The shot itself is blurred with the intentional to elicit the particular mood we had that day. The camera kept wanting to focus on the lights in the background.


How did you use the light in your image?

Night flash photos with direct flash

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Canon R6


Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4





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

The photo was very simply edited and I felt like keeping it as original as possible. The highlights were a tad overblown so I first tried retaining those a bit first. Brought in a bit more of a green tint and grain to make it feel a bit more vintage. Cropped in a bit from the top to put the focus more towards the couple.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom CC


Phil Chester

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What challenges did you face?

The struggle of keeping up with the couple and capturing their emotions while not running into the many bushes nearby.

How did you solve them?

Spray and pray hahaha! Sometime you just have to keep shooting to get the shot, especially with movement shots.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

I love creating my own creative styled shoots because as an artist, you get to create work that sparks your joy. I made my life a bit easier in this case by finding a couple that seemed a bit more comfortable in front of the camera. They seemed a bit more willing to dress up and play the part that was asked. Find the elements that you personally love shooting and do more of it.

Jo & Glo

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Hello friends! We are a wedding photography duo based in Vancouver, Canada. We strive to capture our couples in their most authentic selves and this at the core starts by understanding who they are in their most comfortable state. We both strive to live a free spirited and conscious lifestyle that not only cares for ourselves but everyone around us. We have a deep passion for travel and have even lived in a camper van for some time!

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