the Shoot

Location Equipment
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I remember coming into this shoot having a good few ideas of what we wanted to capture – and this shot, wasn’t one of them. In fact, this was probably the most unplanned shot out of the entire day.

We knew we wanted to have our couple celebrate with a bottle of champagne; crack it open and spray it around. Which they did and we got some super awesome shots – but just as the bottle was nearing its end, we moved right up close to the couple and it was just a spur of the moment thing where we said “pour it into his mouth!”

With all the excitement, energy & good vibes – our bride didn’t hesitate for a single moment, and thus, we pressed the shutter & this frame happened.
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Location Name

Sankt Peter-Ording

Location aDDRESS

Sankt Peter-Ording, Germany



Location TYPE

Beach / Coastal



Canon 5D mark IV




Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Energetic Funny Laughing


As our couple was celebrating with the champagne, we moved up right close to them and at that very moment, we asked our bride to pour the rest into the groom’s mouth.

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What was said

Woohoo!! Congratulations you guys!! POUR IT IN HIS MOUTH!! Go on! Doesn’t matter if you get wet – CELEBRATE!

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Why I composed the way I did

When we composed this shot, we focused more on the moment than finding a strong, compositional frame. We wanted the action to take center-stage and be the main point of interest. We did, however, lower ourselves so we could tuck ourselves a bit beneath our couple to get more of the sky (helped with a more minimal frame) and it also allowed us to see more of the “pouring”.

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Center Framed Broken Rules Mid Range


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Grooms face

Focus description

Focusing on an action shot like this needs to happen pretty fast and so we made sure to use our viewfinder here since it is definitely a bit quicker than LiveView. Since we always use a single focus point; we moved it over the groom’s mouth since we knew that’s where the “action” was going to happen.

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Shutter Speed






White Balance


Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &

How the light was used

When we took these shots, the sky was completely overcast. It felt like we were in the Eye of the storm since the day before & the day after it was thunderously stormy. This meant that we didn’t have much sun during the shoot – which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. The light was incredibly soft and allowed us the creative freedom to shoot in any direction we pleased.

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Soft Light Natural Light Cloudy

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

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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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The only challenge we faced was to get this shot before the champagne completely ran out. Since it was the only bottle we had and, well, we didn’t want to restate such an exciting moment – we had to be pretty fast with everything.

Solutions I found

This simplest solution was to not hesitate. The moment that idea came into our minds, we just went for it. Without saying anything we already moved forward, got ourselves into position, and asked to pour the champagne.


One of the biggest pieces of advice we can give is to not hesitate for these moments. Your camera (if you’re using a professional one) can very easily handle a bit of champagne splash and more of then than not, being so deep in the action makes a much more interesting image.

When your couple is celebrating with champagne, and it’s just the two of them plus you – celebrate with them! Help them have a great moment by cheering them on and really motivating the moment. It can be a bit awkward if it’s just the two shouting with a quiet background – so make some noise with them so they don’t feel isolated. Plus, it’s hella good fun too when you’re in on the whole moment too!
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Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

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