Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

This whole year has been pretty horrible for everyone. Not just us as wedding photographers. Our couple had planned this amazing wedding with 40 of their closest friends & family (they didn’t want to have too many people because of, you know…Covid). But, a day before they received a message. One that would hurt them.

They were now only allowed to celebrate with 10 people. Maximum. One day before their wedding. We can’t imagine how hard it must have been for them, but you know what – they came out on the day full of positivity. They had an amazing, emotional day together and we were so lucky to have been a part of it.

When doing the group photos, we made sure to capture the moments between them that they would want to remember. Not only the posed shots, but the fun ones where they can look back and be reminded of that stupid joke the photographers told them.
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Directions

EnergeticLaughingWalkingMovement

Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
We had our group line up with the bride & her best friend interlocked by the arms, and the guys to hang out just not he side. We asked them to walk towards us and to “fake laugh” while looking at each other. What happens there is that it generally brings out real laughter once they realize just how ridiculous they sound.
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““Okay guys, walk towards us and look at each other. Awesome now completely fake laugh at each other! Louder!” “
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Composition

Center FramedLower ThirdsFull Body

We wanted the sun to play a role in this image as it was just peeking through the treetop and creating a really nice little flare, so we rotated our camera to portrait, positioned our group in the lower two thirds, and made sure that we kept enough of the sun to have that flare.
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Take a step back and pay attention to all the elements you want to make up your image. Sometimes that little moment of seeing a scene from a different angle/perspective can bring out an even better shot than you originally had intended.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Brides face Single Shot Autofocus
Since our group was on the same line, focusing wasn’t a challenge, even at a wide-open aperture. We positioned our single point over our bride to stop the camera from getting confused and focusing on the background. It also helps when you are shooting into the light as sometimes the camera can struggle to get focus.
Light & Weather

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We purposely decided to photograph into the light as we wanted to capture the flare that was being created by the sun peeking through the trees. As it was still pretty high up, it was a great solution since the light was behind our group which then meant their faces were in the shade (even & soft lighting). Another reason we chose to do this was that it creates a beautiful rim light around the group (look at their outline). This helps to separate them from the background.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/1250 f/2.0 ISO 125 WB Shade

Camera

Canon 5D mark IV

Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic The Protea Presets

Software used:

 

We applied our Protea Presets as a base and then shifted the white balance, exposure, shadows, highlights, and clarity to where we wanted it. A bit more on the edgy and warm side. We also used a simple radial filter over the sun to enhance the flare (with a decrease in dehaze and an increase in exposure and white balance).
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This image was edited with

The Protea Presets

Challenges & Solutions
If we got into a position where the sun was not being covered by the trees as much, our frame was then blasted with light and we couldn’t get a decent focus and exposure.

Location

Garden / Field Germany

Balthasar Neumann Pavillon

Balthasar Neumann Pavillon, Würzburger Str. 14, 97236 Randersacker, Germany

Final tips & Advice

If you’re fortunate enough to still be shooting some weddings at the moment, don’t forget that your couple could have gone through some pretty hard times to get the whole thing organized and happening. So, be sensitive about it.

When the sun is still pretty high and you don’t exactly want to go somewhere completely different, what you can do is shoot into the light. What this does is that it creates shade across the faces of your subjects (so long as their back is towards the light). Why is shade good? Well, it’s soft, even lighting. You may not get the full dynamic range of Highlights & Shadows in your shot, but you’ll very likely get beautiful skin tones.
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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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Everyone fails. It’s how you take it that will separate you from the rest. Failure is a lesson. And knowledge is a win.

Designed with love by Katharina + Katharina & Shayne Thomas. Background image by Adrián Vilanova

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