• Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Natural Light
  • sunny
  • soft
  • Sitting
  • Sigma Art 35mm 1.4
  • Rule of thirds
  • Quiet
  • Posed
  • Multiple Focus Points (Matrix)
  • Autofocus
  • lying down
  • Directional
  • Continuous
  • Center Framed
  • Canon R6
  • Canada
  • calm
  • Beachside
  • Sunset

The story behind the image

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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Describe how you spoke to 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.

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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?”

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Tone of Directions

Quiet, Calm


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.

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Compositional Rules

Rule of Thirds


Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

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.

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Focus Mode


Focus POints

Multiple Focus Points (Matrix)

Focused on

Focus was on the "groom"

Equipment &

Canon R6
Sigma Art 35mm 1.4
1/200 @ f/2.8 ISO100 WB-K6000

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

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.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

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.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Preset Used
Phil Chesters PS


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

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

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Location Name


Location aDDRESS

900 Ferguson Rd, Richmond, BC V7B 1W7, Canada

Loation Type




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!

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