Photographed by Melli & Shayne


During the couple shoot, the laces of our bride’s boots came undone and our couple naturally found this rock to sit on while the guy offered to tie them for her. A sweet little gesture of course, and we totally jumped on the opportunity to have them get all close and let them do their thing. 

We asked our girl to find a comfy spot on his leg and just as the boot had been tied, we looked right at the guy and gave him the signal to tickle her. It was a fun, spontaneous moment that they both fully fell into. It turns out that he is often teasing her, tickling her, and playing around so this was totally symbolic of their relationship.

When we asked him to tickle her, we didn’t give it much thought. We didn’t plan or even have the slightest clue that we would suggest this. It was all on the spot, and we figured – why not? If it didn’t work, we’d just move on to something else and forget about it. But if it did, and we captured an awesome shot from it – it was worth it.
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“Awesome, thanks for tying her boot. Hey [guy], tickle her! Squeeze her knees! Haha that’s it! Go go go! “
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Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedWideFull BodyNatural Frames

Sometimes we miss a composition and while it may not be perfect, it’s not the most important thing when it comes to an image. The most important thing is the emotion this image brings out – especially to your couple. Regardless of whether this is technically perfect or not, it matters more that they look at it and love it.


Single Point Focused on The Girls Face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightBack litRim LightNatural LightSunset

Equipment & EXIF

1/2000 f/1,4 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark III


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Flash / External Light

Flash / External Light Setup

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Adobe Lightroom Classic The Protea Presets

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The Protea Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Lake Austria


Vorderer Langbathseen, 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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