Photographed by Luke Payne Photography


I was shooting a personal project that happened to be a funky, queer, 90’s kid-style elopement out near Palm Springs in SoCal… as you do. At the end of the shoot a suddenly a rainbow appeared behind us. Mind you, it’s always been a dream of mine to shoot a queer couple with an actual, real-life rainbow in it. I wanted to make sure this capture was as joyous as I felt.
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“Run towards me! When you’re about five feet in front of me, embrace and scream ‘penis’ as loud as you can! They need to hear you say that word over in LA! I need to suffer from hearing damage! Aaaaaand go!”
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Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedMid Range


Single Point Focused on Brown-haired model’s eye Continuous Autofocus
Light & Weather

Harsh LightCloudyAfternoon

Equipment & EXIF

1/8000 f/2 ISO 100 WB 5000K


Canon R5


Canon RF 50mm f1/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic Own personal Presets

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Own personal Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Desert United States

Palm Springs

5400N N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Luke Payne Photography

Photographer United States of America Canon EOS R5 Canon RF 50mm 1.2L
Howdy! The name’s Luke – I’m an adventure elopement and wedding photographer focusing on creating artsy and emotional imagery for chill and offbeat couples, as well as fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community. While video was my forté growing up (I made my first short film when I was five and had a green screen in my basement a few years later), I fell in love with photography in high school. Needless to say, I’ve had an inseparable bond with the medium ever since!
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