Photographed by Melli & Shayne


When we found out that our couple wanted to do an after wedding shoot in the mountains close by to their wedding venue, we were beyond thrilled. In our minds, we were already planning the perfect location during sunset and coming home with some spectacular images to deliver to them.

But things don’t always work out perfectly. We got a message the morning of the After wedding shoot from our couple letting us know that they couldn’t make it in the afternoon for sunset, and the only time they could come was around midday. Probably one of the worst times to shoot in regards to lighting.

We were lucky to have some scattered clouds which we tried to use as they covered the sun but in the end, we did the best we could given the situation and focused more on creating these moments between our couple than to wait for the perfect light.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
We asked our groom to stand behind our bride and to wrap his arms around her. We then asked our bride to hold his arm across her chest with both her hands. From here, we encouraged them to get close and it was at that moment we signalled to our groom to whisper something dirty in our bride’s ear. Something we shouldn’t hear, but will make her laugh.
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“Wrap your arms right around her, and move in close. Gently sway and kiss her neck, her cheek, and snuggle. When you get to her ear, tell her something dirty! Make her laugh! You know what we mean!.”
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Center FramedFull BodyNatural Frames

One of the key points of this composition was framing our couple within the mountain behind them. We did this because we didn’t want the lines of the mountain to come out of our couple at random points – this can distract from the image. Finally, we chose to keep our couple in the center column as we wanted the attention to immediately fall onto our couple.
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Pay attention to landscape features in the background. It takes a bit of practice to see them but do your best to notice when things start to stick out of your couple which would distract the viewer from the actual subject of the image. Things like trees, horizon lines, mountains, buildings – rather frame your couple inside them or, if you must, make it look intentional that they are cutting through your couple.


Single Point Focused on The Brides face Single Shot Autofocus
The focusing was very straight forward as we had plenty of light & contrasts to work with. We moved our focus points over our couple to ensure that they were the ones sharpest in the frame.
Light & Weather

Soft LightBrightCloudyNoon

Being midday, the sun was certainly not in the most favorable position to work with. However, to our luck, we had a few scattered clouds that passed by overhead. This helped to soften the blaring sun for a few moments. Regardless, we exposed for the brightest part of our couple to keep the details in the highlights, and hopefully recover the rest in post.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/4000 f/2.0 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

Software used:


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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This image was edited with

M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
Dealing with midday sun out in an open field with no natural shaded areas is definitely challenging. It’s not only hard light, but it could cause your couple to squint and feel uncomfortable in the heat.


Mountains Italy

Passo di Gardena

Passo Gardena 39033 Corvara, South Tyrol Italy

Final tips & Advice

Not every shoot happens will be during the most perfect time of the day or at the most spectacular location. It’s up to us as photographers to come up with ways to solve these situations and deliver work that we’re still proud of.

With the development of editing programs these days, we are allowed to push our cameras a little bit harder than we were before. Use this to your advantage, especially in tough situations. But most of all, practice as much as you can shooting in “less than ideal” light. You’ll not regret the time spent learning.
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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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