Photographed by Melli & Shayne

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As much as photographing a couple interacting, loving and being incredibly sweet with each other is our game, having a really strong shot where they both look into the lens can be a great addition to the set.

What happens when they look directly into the lens is that our couple ends up looking at the viewer. This connection between the person viewing the shot and the couple can take bring the whole atmosphere and mood of the image to a different level.

When going for these types of shots, where your couple is standing and looking straight in your camera, we found its best to do this at a later point during the shoot. Simply because after they’ve gotten used to the way you shoot and have had a great time having fun with each other, the ice is broken. Your couple should be totally okay for a few shots where they just hang out and look into the lens.

We don’t normally stick on this type of shot for too long and once we’ve got it, we move onto something more active and where they can go back to focusing on each other.
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Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedMid Range

Look out for leading lines in your environment. Roads and paths are great examples and they don’t necessary need to all be on a straight line. Just keep your eyes open and watch how the lines form and where they naturally lead your eyes to.
Single Point Focused on The Guys face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightBack litSunnySunsetGolden Hour

The sun was just about to set and we still had enough light to create a dimension on our couple (Shadow and highlights). We wanted to use this to our advantage so we positioned them on the road and made sure the sun was just off to the side of our backs. This meant we could have them lit on the one side and then softly fade off into the shadows on the other.
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Equipment & EXIF
1/320 f/1.4 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II
Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets Moody

Software used:


Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop

The edits are made to be warmer with a big focus on skin tones and light play with shadows and highlights. A few minor local adjustments were made (Gradient and Brush) as well as finishing off with a fine layer of grain. The whites are not blown out nor are the blacks 100% crunched.
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M&S The Roots Presets
Challenges & Solutions

Easy SolutionsEasy Challenges

There was no particular challenge that we faced here.
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Südliche Fröttmaninger Heide
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Final tips & Advice
When going for shots where the couple looks into your lens, try and time so they’re already warmed up and are having fun in front of your camera. It can be a bit awkward if you do it too early on and as we wall want to avoid that, try and get it later on.

Along with varying up where they look, you can also ask them to relax their smiles, so they have a “resting” looking. It adds a bit more “power” to the image.
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Melli & Shayne
Photographer Germany Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 50mm f/1.2 L
We are Melli & Shayne, a couple coming from vastly different worlds but have been inseparable ever since we met in Zanzibar. We have been passionately capturing love stories since 2014 and have loved every step of the way. We love to meet fellow photographers, to share our knowledge amongst a bottle (or two) of wine and support every one wherever we can.
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