Photographed by Marcela Pulido


This couple was very excited to do their engagement session in Yosemite National Park, and rightly so! We had so much planned for the day. Originally we were going to meet up in the Valley, drive up to Glacier Point Road, and hike to a famous scenic spot for some dreamy sunset photos. But, as things happen, this did not go according to plan at all.

The couple was stuck in traffic that made them 45 minutes late and cut into our hiking time. Thankfully, I spent a summer working and living in Yosemite National Park so I’m pretty familiar with the area and we were able to go somewhere else for an equally stunning sunset session, albeit just a little different.
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“Okay guys! Go stand in between me and Half Dome, face each other, and kiss each other as if you were on the cover of a romance novel.” “
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Center FramedMid RangeNatural Frames

When you’re posing for the silhouette you have to keep in mind the distance between the bodies and just what the shadows will look like against the background. Play around with it! See what you can create while still showing your subject.


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

Back litDarkNatural Light

Equipment & EXIF

1/5000 f/1.4 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark III


Canon EF 50mm F/1.2L


This image was edited with

Phil Chester's PS Presets

Challenges & Solutions


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Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park, California

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Marcela Pulido

Photographer United States of America CANON R6 45mm Tilt Shift
Hey friends! I’m Marcela. I’m a second-generation Chicana based in the Pacific Northwest. I’m a tattooed, mezcal-drinking, boot-wearing type of gal who loves Ted Lasso, Frank Ocean, and video games.
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