Canon 5D Mk4 | Sigma 35 mm 1.4 | f1.4 | 1/500 | ISO 2500

OWN PRESET 

We are used to seeing images out in the wild elements of the Scottish landscapes around here. Sometimes, dreadful weather adds drama to an image and that’s what makes it a winner. However, sometimes it is just too much to shoot in and that’s when you might need to think creatively in order to still produce interesting work. This is exactly what happened when Megan from Meggy Mac Photography traveled to the Isle of Skye for a self-motivated styled shoot. I love that she managed to step back, look at what resources were available to her at the time, and still create. The rain, which could have completely scuppered the entire shoot features in the foreground of the image but also allows the subject to be portrayed delicately behind it.

Read Megan’s take on this shot below … 

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What Megan said ...

“With the Coronavirus pandemic changing the way we all now think about weddings, and with couples adapting as 2020 unfolds, I wanted to show the amazing possibilities of how an adventure elopement to Scotland could look. 

So, with the help of my sister, florist BBonnie Flowers, and awesome LGBTQ+ travel couple, Sara and Rachael of the Blonde Explorer, I headed up to Skye to do just that. Unfortunately, what is also to be expected in Scotland – as well as the awesome fact you can pretty much get married anywhere and the amazing and remote landscapes – is the fact that it rains… A lot.  

I spent the day with my sister second shooting and doing some behind the scenes, out on the hills of Skye with Sara and Rachael, but it was pretty clear the day wasn’t going how I’d hoped. Hail, 50mph gusts, torrential downpours, and freezing conditions meant we were all just a little bit miserable and the couple really needed to heat up. We did what we could then headed our separate ways home. 

I was a little disheartened as I’d had such big plans for the shoot and using the flowers Aline from BBonnie Flowers had provided proved pretty much impossible as the wind was just tearing them to bits or blowing the crowns off heads. When we got back to our accommodation, however, the rain had eased off, and it had left beautiful droplets all over the windows, illuminated by the light of the door lamp as the daylight faded. Getting an idea, I grabbed the only model I now had left at my disposal – my sister. 

Being the lovely sister she is, she obligingly put on the flower crown that hadn’t worked earlier and posed for me inside the window with the equally beautiful bouquet from Bbonnie held up to her face. I used a shallow depth of field to create the creamy blur of her skin while maintaining the crispness of the droplets. I asked her to close her eyes as I wanted her face to be smooth and dreamy looking, and the flowers to become more of a focus. I then opted for a black and white, low contrast edit again to emphasise and keep the focus on the juxtaposition of the water and her face behind the glass.  

Like the pandemic, if this day of shooting taught me anything, it’s to always be on your toes and to be adaptable, no matter what’s thrown at you. And also that there’s always beauty to be found in every situation, even the entrance door to a youth hostel on Skye.”