Photographed by Melli & Shayne


For our groomsmen, we really wanted to bring out their characters and dynamics as a group of friends. Especially the younger crowd; the boisterous ones that know how to get the party started. For this group in particular, they fit all the criteria to make a super fun photo. When we were assembling the guys together, we kept our ears open to how they spoke to each other. Just by listening to this in the background, we could figure out who was the ‘joker’ of the group, who was the one always being ‘teased’ and all these awesome little things. When we started shooting, we used this information to our advantage.
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“Put your arms over each other like good mates and walk towards me! Bump into each other, tease each other, and do a drunk walk! Just like on the bachelor party! “
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Center FramedMiddle ThirdsMid Range

While your group walks towards you, let them get closer to you so you can frame it really close up. This really brings the viewer into the moment with the group.


Single Point Focused on The Grooms face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightShadeAfternoon

Equipment & EXIF

1/500 f/2.0 ISO 1000 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

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M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Forest Germany

Faber-Castell Waldhütte

Faber-Castell Waldhütte Faberhof 1, 90596 Schwanstetten

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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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