Photographed by Mel Rey


This beautiful couple got married at a location in LA that allowed them to have access to the rooftop for family pictures. I went to change out camera batteries and caught the bride doing a beautiful turn and snapped the picture. I never had this end image in mind which is how most of my creative edits are. It’s not until I begin culling the gallery that I find an image that intrigues me and I decide to get funky with it to see what art piece I can turn it into. Sometimes it works out great and other times it doesn’t. In this case, I was obsessed!
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“Hey guys, just take in the scenery here while I do my thing. I’ll be around shooting and I’ll reach out if there’s anything I need to you to do.”
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Center FramedMinimalisticMid RangeSymmetry

If you are looking to compose an image like this I would highly recommend a clean horizon line with little to no distractions. That way in post you have fewer items to remove in post-production. However, in this instance, it was not a preplanned edit. I just knew I loved the unprompted moment of her enjoying the landscape and I wanted her to feel that emotion in her gallery later.


Single Point Focused on brides head Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightBack litNatural LightAfternoon

Equipment & EXIF

1/500 f/2 ISO 1250 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


Adobe Lightroom Classic

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Challenges & Solutions


Rooftop United States

Los Angeles

6250 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Mel Rey

Photographer United States of America Canon 5D mark IV EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
Hi there! I’m Mel, a funky rollerskating wedding photographer based out of Long Beach California. I have been shooting weddings full time for four years but, picked up my first camera over ten years ago and fell in love ever since. I believe that every wedding or session has something unique and extraordinary magic woven through every moment. It’s just waiting to be captured in the most equally unique way. I also love teaching photographers how to push through their own negative thoughts and fears that are suppressing them from being their own unique creative self. Do not worry about falling away from what’s trending because ultimately, what we put out there, as long as it’s done with all of your heart, will attract the right people. To stop blending and start creating work that resonates with their own soul.
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I’m a huge fan of the Twilight Zone so, I love this quote from Rod Sterling- “imagination … its limits are only those of the mind itself.”

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