Photographed by Melli & Shayne


One neat little trick that we learnt to help create a better posture is to ask your bride / groom (whoever is facing you) to take a deep breath and open their shoulders. This automatically makes their posture look a lot healthier and makes them look much more flattering overall.

Secondly, having your couple close their eyes is a sure way to create an intimate photo. With eyes closed, it signifies that they are alone and that nothing around them really matters to them besides each other. It is important, though, to have some connection between the two – and by holding / cuddling each other, you solve that.

Eyes are incredibly important, especially for the connection between your couple and even the viewer. So if you “remove” the eyes from the photo, make sure to find that connection in other means (holding each other for example).
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CalmIntimateAlmost Kiss

Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
We had our bride face us while our groom went in from the side, and held her around her waist. Our brides shoulder was against his chest, which meant we could have them learn their foreheads against each other. From here, we asked them relax their smiles, and to just “love” each other. Gently rubbing their noses together, even swaying. It also helps to ask your bride to take a deep breath, as this opens up her shoulders and can add to her posture making her look much more flattering.
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“While your bride is facing us, go in and put your arms around her waist and basically be perpendicular to her. Lean your foreheads together and show just how much you love each other. Gently rub your noses together, even sway like a slow dance. (Bride) Take a deep breath and open your shoulders. There you go! “
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Center FramedLeading LinesMid Range

We wanted a close up shot for this moment since we were going for the impact of the emotion. We framed it close up as well as paid attention to the leading lines of the path they were standing on.
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Paths are a great compositional element as it allows you to use them to create leading lines. However, those lines are not just limited to paths. See if you can spot some leading lines around you right now – it could be your furniture, your entrance way, the doors… they’re everywhere.


Single Point Focused on The brides eyes Single Shot Autofocus
Our goal in this shot was to have our couple sharp and on point. We move our single point focus dot over one of their faces so long as they are on the same plain so that we know that their eyes, smile and emotions will be sharp. We do not use back button focusing, so that means we’re always depressing the shutter button to make sure it’s locking on to our spot.
Light & Weather

Soft LightBrightNatural LightCloudyAfternoon

The sun was just covered by a cloud as we were taking these photos, and so we were given a gorgeous soft light to work with. We did keep in mind that the sun would likely come out again, and so we made sure to keep our couple somewhere in a neutral coloured area to avoid any strong colour casts.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/1600 f/2 ISO 160 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

Software used:


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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This image was edited with

M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
For this shot, we didn’t face any real challenges worth sharing.


Castle Italy

Schloss Freudenstein

Matschatscherweg, Matschatscher Weg Str. Masaccio, Nr.6, 39057 Appiano Sulla Strada del Vino BZ, Italy

Final tips & Advice

In close up shots, asking your bride or your groom to take a deep breath can really change their whole posture. It even helps to relax their smiles for when you’re going for a deep, intimate moment.

It’s easy to forget about the bouquet during the couple shoot, and so do your best to try and include it as much as you can. It adds a bit more detail to the image and can also be used to hide certain areas that may not compliment 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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