Photographed by The Kitcheners


This photo was taken on one of the handful of weddings that I photographed in 2020 during the pandemic. I don’t usually photograph elopements and weddings in Edinburgh (where I’m based) so I was really stoked to be able to capture an intimate elopement story that was so close to home in a city that really inspires me.

The bride and groom had originally planned to have a bigger wedding with a dinner reception but due to last-minute changes with Covid rules on indoor mixing they had to downscale to a simple city elopement.

Their wedding day took place in late November when days are much shorter and the light disappears early. Their city hall ceremony was set to take place in the afternoon so we scheduled the portrait shoot for earlier in the day before the ceremony in order to catch the daylight. After getting ready we spent a couple of hours exploring all the nooks and crannies of the city and old town together and despite all the rules and restrictions happening at the time with Covid, their day couldn’t have been more relaxed and perfect.

A lot of the thought went into the composition and look of this photo and I already had decided how I wanted the couple to pose and position themselves before the actual shoot. The location wasn’t too far from our house so I visited the spot at Calton Hill, Edinburgh a few days before the wedding to try and visualize the photo exactly. I wanted to capture a close connection between the couple with the city skyline of Edinburgh (where they got married that day) as the backdrop and I wanted it to feel dramatic and romantic.
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CalmHolding Each otherIntimate

“Ok perhaps you (groom) could sit down here facing towards me and then if it’s comfortable for you, rest your left leg on top of your right leg and place your hand on your foot. Now (bride) perhaps you could come really close so there is no space in between you guys and hold him really close to you with your hands on his face and shoulder. Now relax and just stay like this guys for a minute while I take a few shots. “
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Rule of ThirdsLeading LinesWideFull Body

When shooting a couple in front of a background be conscious of the horizon line. Generally I find it looks best if either the couple is below the horizon line or clearly above it. When I’m taking the photo I will experiment with both options and decide which looks best when I’m culling and editing the photos.


Single Point Focused on Grooms head Continuous Autofocus
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1/640 f/2.0 ISO 100 WB Auto


Nikon D780


Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G


Adobe Lightroom Classic Emotive

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Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Edinburgh, EH1 3BQ

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The Kitcheners

Photographer Scotland Nikon D780 Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
We’re Dylan and Joanna and we’ve been photographing weddings and elopements since 2011. Lovers of the great outdoors, an adventure and meeting new people, it was our passion for all of these things that led us to find one another in Australia 11 years ago. We didn’t waste time, we got engaged after 3 months and tied the knot pretty soon after. It all happened pretty quickly but sometimes you just know when you know! For a long time we were both looking for a way to express ourselves creatively and after searching high and low we discovered that photographing people in love and their stories was what made our hearts race. We’re passionate about the real emotions, the honest moments and capturing how it all really felt. To us that’s what it’s all about! Today we live in Edinburgh, Scotland documenting elopements and weddings around the UK, Europe and further abroad.
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