Photographed by Montana Lee Photograohy

Story

This image holds so much meaning, this couple shares a true, deep love for the desert and wanted to spend the day in this epic desert location to soak up another year of being married to one another. The best way they knew how to celebrate.

In this image, I wanted to portray the peace, simplicity, and depth of this chapter in their lives. Of course, with the most insane backdrop, you could imagine the desert to offer. This specific location offers a handful of difficulties in terms of getting to the spot including hiking, 4×4 off-roading, the heat, lighting, and more. So adequate planning and a strong understanding of this unforgiving terrain were very necessary to pull off this epic shoot.

I draw inspiration from old film, desert textures, colors, and landscape, so seeing this moment come together so perfectly, really made me feel peace and pride in the experience I was able to provide for this couple.

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Directions

CalmHolding HandsWalking

“Guys, I want you to walk down to the water’s edge and just be with each other in this moment. Take it all in together and soak it all up.”
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Composition

Lower ThirdsWideOff Center

If you have a landscape with lots of negative space and want to frame them in a place where it’ll draw the eyes, play around with the rule of thirds and placing them in the center or off to the side. This often gives the viewer time to look around the image but always bringing their focus back to the main subject – In this case, the couple.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on Couple’s backs Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightCloudy

Equipment & EXIF

1/800 f/3.0 ISO 100 WB 6800K

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic America the Beautiful by Montana Lee

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America the Beautiful by Montana Lee

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Desert United States

A secret, well protected location :)

Utah Desert, United States of America

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Montana Lee Photograohy

Photographer United States of America Canon 5D Mark IV 35mm 1.4
Documenting human connection and love, as art – Desert based elopement and intimate wedding photographer.
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