Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

Sometimes the best shots happen right at the very end. Perhaps it’s the fact that the couple got used to us and the way we worked, perhaps it was that this was an after-wedding shoot where the couple didn’t have to stress about their day or their guests or, it could be a whole bunch of other factors. but in this case, some of our favourite shots we took happened right at the very end.

This shot was the very last shot we could take before our cameras simply couldn’t shoot any more due to the low light. It was a real gentle moment between the two and it happened almost without us having too much direction. Anyways – the biggest thing we want to bring out here is to just keep shooting. Shoot until you literally can’t shoot anymore because you might just have your favourite shots only at the finish line.
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Directions

CalmIntimateNatural

Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
We had the groom sit/ lean on the rocks and then we encouraged the bride to lean onto his lap with her body facing us. We then asked them to hold their hands together and to snuggle up for the last shots of the session. We said all of this in a calm, yet very positive tone as we wanted them to end the session feeling excited, good, and, well – in love.
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“That’s beautiful you guys! Let’s have you lean in and rest your foreheads together while holding your hands down low. We’re nearly done guys – just enjoy this last moment together and really snuggle in.”
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Composition

Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedMid Range

What mattered the most to us here was the emotion that was present between the two. We chose to shoot this in portrait because we wanted to limit the amount of scenery in the shot. Too much of it would have taken away the impact of the moment. We filled the frame about 4/5 with our couple as we wanted them to be the dominant subject, with a little touch of breathing room around their heads. We also had our camera slightly above their eye level and tilted downwards to increase the chances of a more flattering angle.
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Why do you think people who take selfies generally hold their phones above them and point them downwards? Because what is closer to the lens is bigger, and what is further away appears smaller. This applies to all cameras; so if you want to make someone look a little more flattering – shoot a tad higher and aim downwards as it will make their body that little bit more small.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Bride Live View Continuous
Focusing was definitely a pain in the ass for this shot as everything was so dark. The camera did try it’s best to find focus and in the end, it was just a matter of luck. What happens is when it’s so dark, the camera briefly raises the ISO to let enough light into find it’s focus before resetting it back to how it was.
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightBlue Hour

At this point, the sun had set completely and it was literally the last little bits of light left. Because of this, we tried to find a spot where the sun was behind us so whatever light was available, was able to light our couple enough for us to see them. Fortunately, this worked quite well when we edited the shot as we could recover enough details.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/160 f/2 ISO 2000 WB Auto

Camera

Canon R6

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Additional Equipment

Canon RF lens adapter

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic The Protea Presets

Software used:

 

Adobe Lightroom

To edit this shot, I applied our experimental preset which generally is quite light in terms of what it manipulates, and immediately noticed the amount of noise it brought out. So the first thing I did was increase the noise reduction sliders (luminance and Chromatic) to remove the noise before doing more adjustments. I tweaked the exposure, contrasts, and the usual things but I spent most of the time in the HSL panel trying to get the skin tones to that warmth that we like. This was of course aided by increasing the White Balance as much as possible. Finally, I removed the bra strap in photoshop as I knew this was something the Bride asked about, and going that extra mile is worth it.
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This image was edited with

The Protea Presets

Challenges & Solutions
Amongst many challenges, focusing was definitely the one that we had to overcome the most. Being so dark, it really was hard to nail the shot all the while our couple was having their moment together.

Location

Beach / Coastal Spain

Cala Tarida, Ibiza

07829 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Balearic Islands, Spai

Final tips & Advice

It’s always nice to end the shoot on a good note, so when you’re setting up the shots and you know it’s going to be the last ones, then tell your couple. let them know that they’re done & free afterwards and you may just squeeze out that little moment of pure, authentic beauty from them knowing that they had their awesome shoot.
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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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