Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

Throughout the wedding day, there are a ton of small little things happening. Sometimes they’re obvious, other times, not so much. As wedding photographers, one of our key skills is to be able to notice these moments and act upon it without hesitation. It’s a skill that you can only really get good at through practice and just training your eye to anticipate moments. That, and always having your camera ready.

In this case, our bride wanted to go freshen up with her sister before the couple shoot and as we wanted to include this moment in the storytelling part of the day, we followed her from behind and started shooting. It was at that moment that they turned around the corner and the light suddenly shone on them with such a beauty. We were fortunately ready for the shot as we were already taking pictures of them. As that moment happened, we saw it, and shot it. Had we not been paying attention – this brief little chance would have gone by and we wouldn’t have even noticed it.
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Composition

Broken RulesWideFull Body

If you have the chance, try and frame contextual elements. Shooting a bit wider will help the viewers understand where your subjects are. Also keep your eyes open for leading lines and other compositional elements that you can quickly turn to to frame the shot.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Brides body Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Harsh LightDirectional LightNatural LightSunny

Equipment & EXIF

1/1600 f/2.5 ISO 160 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

This image was edited with

M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Courtyard Italy

Schloss Freudenstein

Castel Freudenstein Str. Masaccio, 39057 Appiano sulla strada del vino BZ, Italy

Final tips & Advice

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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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