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One of the things we love the most about taking our couples out for their shoot is to create authentic moments between them. One of the best ways that we learnt how to do that was to simply give them things to do with each other.

Let them climb, walk, dance, tease and even tickle each other. Basically, let them focus more on what they’re doing than you with the camera. Finally, don’t put your camera down.

Some of the best shots happen just after you asked them to do something – so our biggest tip for you is to always keep your camera up and ready.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

This was a very spontaneous moment between our couple, as we had just asked them to climb up on the rock and help each other find their balance. Sometimes, simply giving them something to do where they focus less on you, but on each other can bring out some really beautiful moments.

What did you say?

Guys, go climb up that rock there and help each other get there. Be safe though! Don’t fall or loose your balance

How did you compose your image?

We got into position just off to the side so we could we could firstly use the light directionally (off to the right), and secondly, to frame them within the mountain in the background. As we had quite harsh sun at this time, using the mountain at the background helped avoid filling the frame with a blown out sky.

How and what did you focus on?

Focusing here was no challenge since the light was creating enough contrasts on our couple for our cameras to be able to lock on to. We simply moved our focus point over our couple and locked it down.

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How did you use the light in your image?

The sun was still quite high at this point of the shoot, and so we chose to position ourselves just off to the side so that we could capture the light from a different angle (and not directly behind them). By moving to the side, we were able to capture a rim light which really helped separate our couple from the background.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Lens

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L II

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/320

Aperture

f/1.4

ISO

100

White Balance

Auto

How did you edit your image & what did you use?

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.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

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What challenges did you face?

The biggest challenge here was trying to communicate with our couple from such a distance without ruining or interfering with their moment. If we were to shout & yell directions to them, they would have likely been taken out of their moment and thus removing the chances of capturing something truly genuine.

How did you solve them?

It helps to just take a step back and let things happen. Realize that if you didn’t quite get the shots you were after when you didn’t give many directions, that you can always make your way to them and suggest a few things before heading back to your spot. There is no shame in doing something another time.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

When using harsher light off to the side (like this image), keep your eyes open for shadows being casted. In our case, in the wrong
position, our guy could have cast a shadow across our girl.

Let your couple “be” from time to time. Give them space to be themselves by asking them simple things to do. Especially when you want to move from one spot to the next.

Don’t stop shooting. Even after they’ve “completed” what you asked, keep shooting. You can talk to them from behind your camera if necessary, but again – some of the best moments happen directly afterwards.

MELLI and SHAYNE

Shooting since

2014

Current Home

Germany

Website

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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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