Photographed by Melli & Shayne


When you happen to have a couple who have a kid, don’t be afraid about bringing them with you for a few shots during the couple shoot. Not only can it create some really fun photographs, but it’s something really special for your couple too.

As we all know by now, kids are not always the easiest to work with, but that shouldn’t ever stop you. Just be yourself and remember that kids get bored quite quickly. This can work to your advantage since you could start off with having them in for some shots, add in a lot of fun energy and get them excited right up until you know you’ve got some great shots and can then let them go back to the party.

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EnergeticHolding HandsPlayfulWalkingMovement

We had our family hold hands and then run towards us in the field. While running, we asked them to look at each other and to even try and pull the kid a little bit – sort of teasing him. The whole focus here was on getting the kid to have a great time since his parents were totally having fun too!
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“Alright guys, all 3 hold hands and run towards us! There you go! Run! run! Run! Look at each other! Pull (kid) with you – he’s slow! He’s too slow! “
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Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedHigh Angle

We chose to use our wide angle lens for this shot since we could capture their whole running motion without fearing that we would end up being too close to our family. We also had our camera slightly higher than eye-level just so we could make sure we included the kid in the frame without cutting his legs off.
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When you’re going for those running shots; shooting with a wide lens makes things a lot easier. Not only is it easier to compose & frame your subjects, but it also is a lot more forgiving later on in post when you can chose to crop the image in slightly.


Single Point Focused on The kids face Single Shot Autofocus
When moving the camera away from your eye and shooting it’s always a good idea to switch to live view (or flip out your LCD screen if it does that) so you can see what you’re composing and whether your focus is locking. If you don’t have a decent autofocus in live view -switch to multi focus points and try your luck with that. If it didn’t work, you could always ask them to run again :)
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightCloudyAfternoon

Fortunately for everyone, we had a relatively overcast day which meant we were able to shoot out in the open field without worrying too much about how harsh the light was going to be. The sun was just behind our backs in this shot, and while we didn’t pay too much attention to where it was, it was quite nice how it still lit the front of our family up nicely through the clouds.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/4000 f/1.6 ISO 250 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


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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M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
Working with kids can be hella good fun but can also be challenging. Keeping them entertained and motivated does require extra effort.


Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment Germany


marburg, Germany

Final tips & Advice

Try to bring the kids along with you for your couple shoot. They can really add in a lot of fun to the whole thing and will mean the world to your couple.

Remember that kids can get bored quite quickly, so it’s best to photograph them first and then send them on their way or to hang out somewhere while you do the rest with your couple.
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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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