Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

The couple shoot is probably the most anticipated part of the day for us as photographers – it’s the time where we really get to connect with our couples, have them alone and let them enjoy a good few moments in peace as newlyweds.

Couples shoots can go in so many different directions, and there is no “one right way” of doing them. But there is one piece of information that stands true in whatever mood the shoot takes place in – and that is for your couple to really enjoy themselves.

We love to let our couples have fun with each other; whether thats being silly together or simply
practicing their first dance. Allow them their moments to be with each other and also jump in and create a fun, memorable experience. Make them rave about you afterwards!
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Directions

EnergeticWalkingDancing

We wanted to show some movement in these walking shots and so we asked our bride to spin under the arm of her groom while holding her dress up (as to not trip on it). It’s a very simply thing to ask but is really good fun, especially if you ask them to keep spinning and even to playfully tease each other.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“While walking towards us, (Groom) lift your hand and let her spin underneath! Keep her spinning! There you go! Have fun! Be dorks!”
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Composition

Center FramedLeading LinesFull Body

We found this pathway in the forest right by the wedding venue that provided us with enough shade for our couple shoot. We asked our couple to walk up and down this path and we used to the leading lines of the path to frame out couple. We also chose to shoot this wide as we really wanted to capture their whole movement and her dress spinning with momentum.
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Keep your eyes open for leading lines. They’re everywhere and the more you train yourself to see them; even when you’re not shooting, the faster you’ll notice them when the time comes.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Grooms Face Single Shot Autofocus
Focusing on moving subjects can be a bit tricky and so if your camera has an AI Focus mode, definitely give that a shot. In our case, we always use our single point AF mode simply because we are really fast with focusing & firing the shutter. With every shot we refocus; in one smooth motion. Focus. Shoot. Focus. Shoot.
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightShadeAfternoon

As this was a pretty sunny day with only a few clouds around, we chose to bring our couple in the forest where we had a decent amount of shade to work with. It also meant that whenever the sun was covered by the one cloud in the sky, the light didn’t change too drastically where we were shooting.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/320 f/2.5 ISO 125 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Editing

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
We had to be careful as to not let our bride over spin and become too dizzy. This can very easily happen especially when your couple are having fun.

Location

Hotel Germany

Freigeist Hotel

Freigeist Hotel Northeim, Göttingen

Final tips & Advice

When you ask your bride to spin, ask her to hold up her dress with her free hand as to not trip over it.

Don’t forget to remind your couple to pay attention to each other rather than you with your camera. Sometimes they forget and tend to look at you.
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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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