Washington-based destination photographer Noelle Johnson didn't have to travel too far to capture this engagement portrait for one of her best friends. She and the couple were hiking on a trail in Sequim, Washington, headed toward the scenic Dungness Spit when they took a short break for some rest and some photos. "I've been to this location many times," Johnson notes, so when they got to this bench in the middle of the woods, "I directed them into this pose and told them what to do."
Later, when Johnson was editing her images, she noticed that something wasn't quite right. "The main subjects blended into the background a little too much," she recalls. To offer some separation, she applied a tilt-shift blur to the image, unsure of how it would look. Fortunately, Johnson says, "I kind of like how it turned out!"
(Captured using a Nikon D750 and a 50mm f/1.4 Sigma lens.)