Photographed by Melli & Shayne


We totally understand just how awkward it can be to be photographed. In fact, once a year we try and book a photographer to take our own couple shoot not only for us to keep as memories but for us to really see and feel what it’s like to be in front of the camera. With that in mind, whenever we start a shoot, we always level with our couples and let them know that we know exactly how they’re feeling. This helps everyone as they trust us even more so after saying that.

To make things easier to start off with, we always have our couple walk or do something a little bit of a distance away from us. Something simple like walking from A to B. This just gets the whole shoot started and for them to start to understand how we work. While they walk, we often start giving them some subtle ideas and hints of what they can do like “holding hands”, “Bump into each other”, “one leading the other”.

This space and distance really helps to warm up the couple to a point where you can easily move in close and have them feel comfortable with you.
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“Guys, let’s have you walk down together at the waters edge and just walk as you would – holding hands. We’ll move around you and give you a few suggestions but for now – we’re just going from here to there. Don’t think about it too much”
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Try and keep your couple framed within the horizon line. As a general rule of thumb, the horizon line doesn’t always look too great when it cuts through their heads. That being said, rules are made to be broken – so if you’re going to go that route – make sure it looks intentional.


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Light & Weather

Directional LightMoodySunnyGolden Hour

Equipment & EXIF

1/1000 f/2.8 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

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M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Beach / Coastal Portugal

Praia Da Adraga

PRAIA DA ADRAGA, Sintra, Portugal

Final tips & Advice

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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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