the Shoot

Location Equipment
Read More
Normally during the off-season, we really take the ‘time-off’ quite seriously to allow ourselves to recharge after a busy few months around the world. But sometimes we’ll get a request that is just too awesome to pass up. Super cool & fun couple? Check. In the mountains (Germany)? Check. Combine it with a little family holiday – heck yeah!

So there it was; a beautiful little elopement in the Bavarian Alps and with it, a much-needed family holiday. When I met the couple, they stayed at this incredible hotel and their getting ready room was the absolute bomb! Can’t say that about all the hotel rooms we’ve shot in.

As they were getting ready, I asked the groom to help zip up her dress from behind, and as I had them standing in the window light – I saw this frame before even putting my camera up. I knew I wanted to get a detail shot (so, close up) and all I did was just move my position slightly so I could frame more of the shadow/highlight play instead of going straight on.
Read More


Location Name

Boutiquehotel Werdenfelserei

Location aDDRESS

Alleestraße 28, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen



Location TYPE




Canon R5




Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
Read More



Calm Gentle Natural


This was almost an unstaged shot, except for the fact that I asked the bride to turn her head to look behind her over her left shoulder. I did this because I wanted the light to hit the side of her face, keeping it still visible while also letting the shadows fall on the rest of her body.

Read More
What was said

Oh Wow! This look incredible! Let’s have you turn your head slightly, to look over your left shoulder as if you could see [Groom]. That’s it

Read More


Why I composed the way I did

Being a detail shot, the close-up framing was all intentional. I moved up close and filled the frame with the bride while paying attention to still having a bit of her face in the frame. This just helps tell the story even more than to just having a shot of the dress. There were no particular rules that I followed here, other than to find a point of interest (the light & the dress) and frame it so it took center stage.

Read More

Center Framed Broken Rules Close Up Intimate Framing


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Live View Continuous

Focused on


Focus description

I saw her hair fall just in front of her and realized that this would be a perfect spot to put the focus. Not only does it mean everything else will be sharp & focused that fell on the same plane, it also adds to the story of the detail shot. Not only do we explore the light, shadows & the dress – but the hair too.

Read More
Shutter Speed






White Balance


Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
Read More

Light &

How the light was used

As we were indoors and by a massive window, we had plenty of light to work with. But fortunately, the light fell short which kept a part of the room quite dark. I made sure no artificial lights were on and saw how the light was falling on my couple. I had them stand in the window light and turned slightly towards it; and when I saw this shot, I had to move ever so slightly towards the back of the bride just so I could get my framing right & to capture more shadows than highlights.

Read More

Soft Light Directional Light Dark Moody Window Light Natural Light Indoor

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
Read More

Be notified when new content is published

Editing &

Editing Software used
Preset Used
How I edited this image

For this shot, I wanted to keep the highlights exposed and bring it a bit more shadows so after applying my base Protea Preset, I dropped the exposure and shadows, while slightly adjusting the highlights. I then tweaked the white balance and realized things got a bit too saturated/vibrant for the feeling I was going for. I then dropped the saturation & Vibrance slightly so I ended up with a more muted / dull palette.

Read More


Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The only challenge I had was being fast. I didn’t want to stage this moment as these things generally look better as they happen naturally.

Solutions I found

It was all a matter of not hesitating. Being confident and just going for it. The moment I visualized this shot, I moved, got my camera up, and took the shots.


The main thing here is to just be confident in your skills and not hesitate. Weddings are full of little moments that vanish as fast as they come. Always be ready, always be on the lookout and when you see something – don’t hesitate, go for it.
Read More
Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

You may also like

Oh no, this content is locked.

Have an account?
unlock everything
All plans are automatically renewed unless cancelled. Once cancelled, you will keep access to the platform until the end of the paid period. Refunds may be issued in special cases. The email you use to create your account will be the one receiving the Renewal notifications (7 days before being charged).

Welcome, Friend!

Choose a plan:

Most Popular


Per month


Every 3 Months


Every 12 Months

All prices are inclusive of the German Mwst. 19%

Each plans give you access to all content, current & future and can be cancelled at any time. When you become a premium member, you’re supporting not just the platform, but the artists too. 

We believe in being fair to our contributors which means that we pay everyone who submits content to the site. Why? If we’re going to use their photos for our instagram, marketing, and other business practices – that they should earn at least something


When you subscribe to HIST, you are directly making this possible. You are legit supporting the artists and this platform and keeping it alive.