the Shoot

Location Equipment
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When we first started with weddings, we kinda always never looked forward to group photos. We thought they were always this “standard, posed, stiff” part of the day and it wasn’t anything we ever looked forward to doing.

But, once we realised that after getting the “safe” formal shots, we were free to do whatever we want with the group, things became a lot more… fun. Throwing in hilarious jokes, getting them to tease each other, having them do something funny – all of that started coming out and we ended up loving our group photo sessions. We got to capture real emotions amongst a group of friends or a group of family members and that was right up our street.

For this particular image, one of the groomsmen came up with the idea of taking the bouquets from the girls and have them in the photo. They all acted like the girls and started giggling.

Finally, we want to point out something. We are not perfect photographers. We make mistakes, as with everyone out there. We didn’t realise until too late but we completely cut off our groomsmens’ feet, which wasn’t our intention. Because of this though, we learnt to pay attention to those small details a lot closer when shooting group photos.
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Location Name

Freigeist Hotel

Location aDDRESS

Freigeist Hotel Northeim, Göttingen



Location TYPE




Canon 5D Mark IV




Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Energetic Funny Jokes Laughing


Normally we would be in charge over the ideas and jokes that happen for group photos but in this case one of the groomsmen took charge and thought it would be hilarious to pose with the flowers from the girls, and they went on to mock them, tease them and even tease each other. All we had to do was let them be and shoot away.

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Why I composed the way I did

Despite having cut their feet off (our bad), the goal was to focus more on their emotions and reactions to the situation. Wide enough to show them all, but close up enough to get their laughter and their moment.

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Rule of Thirds Center Framed Mid Range


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Grooms face

Focus description

We focused on our groom in this photo since most of the groomsmen were all on the same focal plain. This meant that we didn’t have an issue where some of them fall out of focus.

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White Balance


Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &

How the light was used

The sun was out pretty harshly and so we found a nice spot in the shade to do the group photos. As added precaution, we had the sun behind them in case it popped out – which would then give us a sweet little rim light.

Weather was super clear as well, so no clouds could soften the light.

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Soft Light Natural Light Shade Afternoon

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

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.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

We had no major challenges or issues to deal with.

Solutions I found

No solutions needed :)


When you have a group that have a really great dynamic together, sometimes it can be really cool to let them take charge of the ideas. Especially groomsmen and bridesmaids. They all know their own sense of humour and often jump at the chance to tease / play with the bridal couple.

Don’t cut off their feet ;)
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Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

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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