Photographed by Melli & Shayne


To be honest, it would be a lie to say that we’re always given perfect light & environments to shoot in. At least, for our own style & taste. Sadly, this was the case here for our brides getting ready. While the room and everything was nice, it was flooded with big windows and bright light coming on in; and since our style tends to use more directional / moody light, it was definitely a challenge to create something that still fell within our style.

But, that being said – there is absolutely no harm in trying something different. So we did. We chose to shoot this portrait a bit brighter, exposing for the shadows and not worrying too much about the blown-out background. But where things are interesting is that we didn’t actually pose our bride here. We said nothing.

She had just got into her dress and naturally was exploring herself in her dress. At this moment, she turned, picked up the back of her dress and we happened to have positioned ourselves in the right place at the right time.

Sometimes these portraits that happen naturally – without any directing or instructions from us – can be the most beautiful. Simple. Elegant. Natural.
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Center FramedBroken RulesMid Range


Single Point Focused on The Crown Live View Continuous
Light & Weather

Back litBrightWindow LightNatural Light

Equipment & EXIF

1/640 f/2 ISO 1600 WB Auto


Canon R6


Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic The Protea Presets

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The Protea Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment Austria

Private Home

Primmersdorf 1, 2095, Austria

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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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