Why I love the SIGMA 85mm DG HSM | Art lens shooting elopement weddings in the Scottish wilderness by photographer Lynne Kennedy

Why I love the SIGMA 85mm DG HSM | Art lens shooting elopement weddings in the Scottish wilderness by photographer Lynne Kennedy

The Scottish Highlands is one of the most popular places for couples that want a destination wedding. They travel from all over the world, drawn by our incredible, rugged scenery and vast open spaces, steeped in romance. Pretty much the perfect backdrop for eloping I guess!

I shot my first wedding in 2007 but it was in 2015 that I decided to specialise in elopements and that is what I have done for the past five years. I love this type of wedding, primarily because they are incredibly intimate and emotional, and I am very drawn to emotion. When I am creating images, my main objective is to capture the connection between the couple as well as their connection with the landscape around them.

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I have three SIGMA lenses: the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art and the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art  which is my favourite!  I have loved this lens since the day I bought it three years ago and if I could only have one lens in my kit bag it would be this one, for sure. At least half of the images I shoot at an elopement are with the SIGMA 85mm | Art. I shoot a lot – typically around 60 elopements a year, so it is very much put through its paces and never fails me.

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I have always used Canon bodies –currently two 5D Mark IV bodies – and the SIGMA 85mm | Art is permanently attached to one of them. It focuses really well and the bokeh is just so beautiful, perfect for isolating a bride or groom in a portrait, or a couple against the landscape.

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The other reason I like using it so much is because I can get really impressive shots of the important parts of the ceremony – such as the rings being given or the vows being read – without being too close and ruining the moment.

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Also, I’m always looking for little glances between the couple so it’s absolutely perfect for composing that sort of nice clean shot, without any distractions.

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After the ceremony is concluded, I spend a few hours with making portraits at different locations and again, this is where the SIGMA 85mm | Art excels. I can get intimate images without being too close, so the couple doesn’t feel uncomfortable at any point

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Working outdoors can definitely be testing because you are at the mercy of the weather and Scottish weather is nothing if not unpredictable! A bit of rain or wind can make photographs really atmospheric though and I think some of my best images have been taken on days where the weather has been a little challenging. Typically, I have very hardy couples that are ready to take on whatever the elements have to throw at them, which always helps!

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