Photographed by Jordan Voth

Story

While Horseshoe Bend is an epic and massive landscape to see in person, sometimes it can be hard to always show off the sheer epicness of it in photos with a couple. In order to do so, you really have to shoot from an angle where you can see the couple and the background. In this case, the background is down, behind the couple. So when I am there I am constantly looking for perspectives where I can be a bit higher than my couple while also separating them and the background.

I have shot at this particular spot before but not with a couple standing on top of it (they were sitting before). We lucked out with a bit of cloud overhead which provided some really nice even lighting which helps a ton because you can actually see the detail in the canyon walls and water below. Normally, if it’s sunny you can get some pretty gnarly shadows. So typically I will only shoot up here if it’s cloudy because there are spots I like to shoot at closer to sunset. While we were walking up, I knew immediately we would start over here and knock these shots out while the clouds were overhead.
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Directions

EnergeticPlayfulKissing

“Paige, I want you to lean in gently pull Levi’s face in for a kiss with your hands. “
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Composition

Center FramedLeading LinesWide

Finding ways to frame your couples within the scene makes a huge impact on the aesthetic of the photo, in my opinion. This to me can make or break a great photo. When photographing your couples out against a unique landscape, find ways to frame them with the landscape itself. This can be not only visually appealing, but also a testament to your skill in that you know how to compose a great photo.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The couple’s bodies Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightCloudy

Equipment & EXIF

1/2000 f/f/2.8 ISO 640 WB 10000K

Camera

Canon 5d Mark II

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Editing

Photoshop CC 2014 VSCO Pack 6 – Afga Portrait

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VSCO Pack 6 - Afga Portrait

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Cliffs United States

Horseshoe Bend

Page, Arizona

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Jordan Voth

Photographer United States of America Canon 5d Mark II Canon 35mm f/1.4L
Hi! I’m Jordan and I’m a wedding & portrait photographer based in Seattle, WA. I photograph most of my work out of state and end up in places like California, Arizona & Utah pretty often. I’m a huge fan of the desert and mountains and love any chance I can get to be somewhere beautiful.
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