Photographed by Melli & Shayne


We took our couple to a pretty special place down in the Alps for their little vow renewal and we got to spend the entire afternoon evening with them. They were one of the sweetest couples, shy, but so incredibly sweet and kind. We had finished off taking pictures on top of a mountain and found ourselves down in an open field in the late afternoon.

While there, we decided to take a little break and wait for the sun to drop a bit more so we could shoot in much softer light (there was not a cloud in the sky that day, and it was full-on bright and sunny). While we hung out and started chatting, we noticed that up on top of this hill was a wall of trees that let out a bit of shade.

We climbed on up and enjoyed the fantastic few from on top. We then had this idea, why not capture our couple as they were – chilling. We had never shot from this top-down angle of a couple before and thought we didn’t really have much to lose besides a bit of time. So, we just went for it. It turned out to be pretty cool in the end.
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“Guys, we got this cool idea. If you [Guy] lie down here and tuck your hand under your head, and you [Girl], lie next to his head like this with your hand tucked too. Perfect. Now, just close your eyes. Take in the moment. Forget about us, and just imagine you were here with each other relaxing. “
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Center FramedBroken RulesClose Up

For these types of shots, live view is an absolute godsend. Being able to compose an image without your eye pressed against the viewfinder opens up so much flexibility.


Single Point Focused on The Brides face Live View Single Shot
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightShade

Equipment & EXIF

1/1250 f/1.6 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

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M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Garden / Field Germany


Geroldsee, Germany

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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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