• Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Godox V860 TTL Flash
  • Sigma Art 35mm F1.4
  • running
  • Playful
  • Outdoor mall
  • night
  • Multiple Focus Points (Matrix)
  • Movement
  • Lanterns
  • Harsh
  • Funny
  • Artificial Light
  • Flash
  • Excited
  • Energetic
  • Continuous
  • Close up
  • clear
  • Center Framed
  • Carry
  • Canon R6
  • Autofocus
  • Vancouver

The story behind the image

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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Describe how you spoke to 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.

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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.

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Tone of Directions

Excited, Energetic, Funny


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.

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Center FramedClose Up


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

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.

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Focus Mode


Focus POints

Multiple Focus Points (Matrix)

Focused on

Focused on their face

Equipment &

Canon R6
Sigma Art 35mm F1.4
Godox V860 TTL Flash
1/200 @ f/4 ISO640 WB-6000K

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

Night flash photos with direct flash

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Light Type

Artificial LightFlashLanterns

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

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.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Preset Used
Phil Chester


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

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

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Location Name
Location aDDRESS

Vancouver International Airport, Canada

Loation Type

Outdoor mall



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.

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