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After a mad rush with the ceremony (the couple was running very late!), we were just trying to utilize the last light we had available for their portraits before the light completely escaped us. The skies were changing dramatically within a matter of minutes and all of a sudden, this pink and blue started to pop out. We looked up and the moon was sitting between some Joshua Trees, so we decided to place the couple in the middle of it all, with the moon above them. We knew we had to get a shot that showcased everything that was going on at that particular moment. The stress of trying to get the frames for them in such a short amount of time just melted away…

The only thing we would change is the couples’ positioning; maybe getting them to do something a little more interesting! Oh, and maybe placing them in front of the grass rather than behind it. We were in a very calm and quiet place so we kept that mood going with the couple throughout their shoot, despite our stress levels being a little raised with them running so late. We never show any of our stress to couples, ever! Our aim is for them to thoroughly enjoy the day and not have any negativity thrown in the mix.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

For this shot, we explained that we wanted to keep it simple and let the landscape do the talking, so we asked them just to hold hands and look at each other as we went further out to shoot. We kept the shot quite static so we could almost line up the moon with the couple and keep them in the desired location between the trees.

What did you say?

Just focus on each other for a little bit and take in all the amazing vibes we’ve got going on here. We’re just going to get some wider out shots for a quick minute – we’re not running away, promise

How did you compose your image?

We wanted to give this image a classic Joshua Tree look, so the trees themselves were key to the composition with one either side of the couple to give the image balance, but also using the trees closest to us to give the image that extra depth. Our goal for this image was to show off the impressive landscape of this area, and allow the couple to compliment the setting.

How and what did you focus on?

We used manual focus for this. We adjusted our frame to get the right amount of landscape, then got the couple into focus before taking a few shots, making sure they were as sharp as possible. The difficulty came with the distance involved and making sure we had a sharp useable shot, that’s why we tried it a few times to make sure everything was dandy.

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How did you use the light in your image?

We used the ambient/soft light post-sunset. The light in the desert is super harsh when the sun is out, so we waited until later in the day to grab some shots with the couple to avoid major shadowing and uneven tones.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Lens

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L II

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/100

Aperture

f/2.5

ISO

400

White Balance

Auto

How did you edit your image & what did you use?

We use our own custom preset for every wedding and session we do. With this shot, we wanted the rich tones of the sky to pop out, as well as having a nice amount of color saturation to the image overall. We used a brush over the sky to help even out the exposure of the shot, plus add in a tad more color to that area. And we also adjusted the blue and magenta saturation sliders within the color mixer. We decided to use Photoshop to magnify the size of the moon to give it more presence within the frame, and this was done by copying and pasting, plus a little bit of free transforming. Lastly, we also cut the moon and pasted it to be completely central above the couple (we’re a little obsessed with symmetry!).

Software Used

Adobe Camera Raw

Preset

Custom preset

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What challenges did you face?

Working with harsh light in the desert with little to no shelter. This was especially tough during the earlier part of the ceremony.

How did you solve them?

We opted to do the couple portraits when the sun had set behind the mountain, so we had a more even light to work with.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

We’ve always been looking at different ways to show off the landscape with our couples in the mix, and how to create depth to the image so the couple isn’t lost in the mix. Using the foreground and the background together hopefully lets us achieve that.

The Hendrys

Shooting since

2011

Current Home

United States of America

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Scottish duo living our best lives in Los Angeles! More importantly, parents of two babe-licious rescue bunnies who keep us sane. The sober and vegan lifestyle is our jam. We only take life seriously when it really matters (adulting can suck at times!). We have a deep-rooted connection with each other and that’s why we work so well together. It’s quite cute really. We are not typical wedding photographers, that is for certain. We go against the usual grain, and that’s exactly how we like it to roll. Normal is boring. Well, for us, at least. We’re constantly pushing ourselves creatively and are incredibly passionate about telling unique stories for each couple, so we aim to go into each wedding with a clear mind and eyes wide open. If we could describe our work in four words they would be the following: Fun. Romantic. Creative. Honest. We’re also suckers for some awesome light.

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