Photographed by Melli & Shayne


One of the best parts of the day to photograph all the bridal details is during the getting ready. You don’t always have to stick around your bride and groom right as you arrive, and it gives you a chance to capture the details while they’re all fresh and neat.

Sometimes, you may even find that the vendors are finishing up their parts of the day and getting everything ready to start. Not only is it a great piece of story telling to have some shots of the preparations, but it can also add a lot of diversity to your shots.

In this case, we saw the florist putting the final pieces together on the bridal bouquet and we wanted to photograph these flowers a bit differently. We found a simple, neutral-toned background in the shade and asked the florist to hold the bouquet out with one hand.

We did this simply because we were inspired by what we had seen before and what florists posts on their Instagram. Taking inspiration from different types of photography can really be fun and helpful to grow your own skills.
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“Nothing. Only complimented the flowers on how pretty they look.”
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Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedWide

We wanted the focus to be directly on the flowers as well as the hand holding them. We chose a very simple background in the shade and framed it so we just had enough of the arm to show that it was a person holding them up. We didn’t want to them off entirely.
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When framing a shot like this with an arm from the side, it’s a good idea to shoot a bit wider than what you want so that you can carefully crop it later in post. It’s one of those types of images that paying careful attention to just how you compose & crop the image can determine how balanced it feels.


Single Point Focused on The flowers Single Shot Autofocus
With busy details like this, we chose to focus on the center part of the bouquet with our single point autofocus since it helped us lock onto exactly what we wanted to be sharp. However, shooting this with multiple autofocus points wouldn’t have been a challenge either since the subject definitely stood out from the background.
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightShade

We found an area underneath a terrace where the light was shaded which allowed us to work with really soft light. It also meant that we could have a balanced field of light across the whole image (from the flowers to the background).
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Equipment & EXIF

1/800 f/2 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

Software used:


With editing flowers or details, we try and keep the greens a bit more “healthy” looking since it compliments the flowers a lot more.
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This image was edited with

M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
There was no particular challenge when creating this image.


Castle Italy

Schloss Freudenstein

Castel Freudenstein Str. Masaccio, 39057 Appiano sulla strada del vino BZ, Italy

Final tips & Advice

Take advantage of meeting the vendors and introducing yourself. It’s a great way to build connections, especially if you can shoot some pictures with them in mind.

If you want to go for a similar shot, remember to keep it simple. A busy background will be distracting and rather shoot a bit wider (and crop later on in post) than too close in.
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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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