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This was a styled shoot that we came up with the idea of. We knew we wanted a wild and free runaway elopement. A little vintage in style and a bit edgy in look. We took hours to narrow down this couple we found on Instagram to do this photoshoot with us. We’re inspired by the idea that couples can have their celebrations however they want it to be. We’re drawn in by couples that want to celebrate those small intimate moments together. The laughs, the tears, and the slow romantic moments, we want it all!

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

At that time, the couple was both in the car waiting to see what we would instruct them next. I wanted to create layers between the two of them to create a bit of separation. I had the “bride” stay in the car and told her to prop her body up onto the car door. I thought it would look cool if the “groom” sat on the floor and leaned his body against the car close to the wheel. He asked me where he should put his hands and I asked him to grab the top of the car somehow.

What did you say?

Okay I have an idea! The sun is about to dip soon and I would like a shot of you both gazing into the sun. “Bride” stay where you are and just prop your arms on the door as if you were leaning on your arms. “Groom” come sit here on the ground by this wheel and lean your body onto the car. Prop your arms up and grab the car if possible (Asked the “groom” way before if he would be okay sitting on the floor).

Got them to look at the sun by asking “Wow, isn’t that sunset so beautiful?”

How did you compose your image?

I shot this photo horizontally to get the entire car but I cropped it in so I can have the couple centre focused in the shot. I wanted to viewer to recognize that the couple is having a moment together where they’re mutually gazing towards the sunset.

How and what did you focus on?

Focused on the front subject so I can make sure they are both in focus. However, they are both in line so focusing on either would have worked perfectly fine for this shot.


How did you use the light in your image?

I wanted to have the light come in from the side so it’s a bit harsher around their face and leaving some shadows behind them. Since the car is silver, I thought the light would create some beautiful reflections of the sunset from the rear trunk.

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?

I started by cropping the photo as it was originally horizontal and I wanted to zoom in to their facial expressions. Soft and dazed by the sunset. I brought the photo a bit cooler and adjusted their skin so it wasn’t so orangey. Generally a natural edit and didn’t change too much after applying my preset.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom CC


Phil Chesters PS

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What challenges did you face?

Getting their faces to angle in the right direction so there wasn’t any unnecessary shadows in their face

How did you solve them?

I had to adjust them by telling them (turn your face slight higher and to the right)

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Find or brainstorm what type of work sparks the flame from within and continue creating those moments. What gets us excited is when couples decide to do things unconventionally to suit their needs. We love playing on funky, edgy, and fun moments together.

You never try, you never know. So try as many styles as possible until you have one that you love!

Jo & Glo

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Vancouver, Canada



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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