Photographed by Melli & Shayne


This moment may not seem like too much to the average viewer but if you knew the story behind it, well, it’ll add a little bit more context and hopefully – comedy. During the couple shoot portion of this elopement in the Italian Dolomites we found a pretty beautiful spot that overlooked out into the valley with the towering mountains in the background.

I asked the couple to move ahead, and once they found their spot to start dancing and celebrating the fact that their elopement happened. I threw on some loud, party music on my bluetooth speaker and they were absoltuely having the time of their lives. Until, the bride, noticed something not more than a half a meter away from her.

There lay a rather large, and seemingly fresh pile of “dog business”. To make matters even more risky, the bride was barefoot. It was in mid-dance that she saw this and basically just panicked and ran out towards me laughing her heart out. Her groom, left behind – had no idea what sat right next to him until she shouted it out.

It’s a moment that I am so glad to have captured for them – sure it’s not a “gorgeous intimate couple shot”, but it’s a hilarious memory of that time they almost danced in dog shit on their elopement.
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We can’t always get those perfect compositions when moments and situations like this arise – but hey, photography isn’t about perfection. It’s about capturing moments. Stories. Life as it unfolds – and as we all know, life is far from perfect.


Single Point Focused on The Grooms face Live View Continuous
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1/2500 f/1.8 ISO 1600 WB Auto


Canon R5


Canon 24mm f/1.4 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

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Roots Presets

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Barn Italy

Gardena Pass

Gardena Pass, South Tyrol, Italy

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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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