the Shoot

Location Equipment
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While this image, in particular, doesn’t have the most profound story to talk about; what is pretty noteworthy is just how our style changes over the years. We genuinely love this bridal portrait as it’s full of natural movements and the bride’s smile is just stunning. But the edit we did at the time looked completely different from how we would have edited it now.

That’s when we decided, why not. It’s an awesome shot – let’s see what it looks like when we edit it in our current flow. And voila. We have an image that we are just as proud about now as we were back then, and the coolest thing about going back and re-editing old work? You have a bunch of ‘new’ content to share on IG.
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Location Name

Shustoke Barn

Location aDDRESS

Shustoke Barn, Coleshill Road, Shustoke, Coleshill B46 2BL, United Kingdom


United Kingdom

Location TYPE




Canon 5D mark IV




Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Lens Filter


Other Equipment
No additional equipment was used.

the Shoot

Directions Composition Focus Light & Exposure
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Energetic Playful Walking Dancing Movement


We simply asked our bride to walk up and down the road while occasionally turning back to us with a smile. We told her to have a sort of ‘trot’ in her step; just enough to let the dress bounce slightly but not too much to make her hair fall out of place. We kept the energy levels up, the good mood high and made sure she had a great time.

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What was said

So [Bride], I want you to walk to that point over there, and walk back towards us. A few times. Over and over. And while doing it, try and turn and look back at us with that stunning smile of yours. Also, bounce a little when you walk! There you go! Have fun with it! :D Stunning!

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Why I composed the way I did

The composition was very straight forward for this shot as we had the road creating natural leading lines directed towards the bride’s face. We had the bride walk in the middle of the road to help find this symmetry with those lines.

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Center Framed Leading Lines Full Body


Focus mode

Single point auto focus

Focus Technology

Single Shot Autofocus

Focused on

The Bride's face

Focus description

We simply moved our single focus point over the face of our bride and kept refocusing between shots. As our bride was moving directly towards us and away from us, we did have to act fast with our refocusing. Alas, we could have used the AF tracking but have had unreliable results in the past, and chose to do it this way.

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Shutter Speed






White Balance


Other Light Sources
No additional light sources were used.
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Light &

How the light was used

Being October time in the UK, the sky was completely overcast. This gave us the complete freedom to shoot wherever we liked without needing to pay attention to the sun. The sky becomes this giant soft box so the light is incredibly pleasant to work with. In this particular shot, the sun was just behind us and to the left, and quite high up as this was taken around lunch.

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Soft Light Natural Light Cloudy Afternoon

the Shoot

Editing & Presets
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Editing &

Editing Software used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Preset Used
How I edited this image

We started with our protea preset (golden) and tweaked the global exposures to get the tones that we really liked; paying attention to the skin tones primarily. Afterwards, we then added in a few radial filter adjustments to create manual vignettes as well as one specifically to reduce sharpening on the outside of our bride (to add more blur, basically). Finally, we did a bit of dodging and burning to bring our more details while also using a gradient filter to darken the floor slightly.

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Challenges Solutions Advice

Challenges & Solutions

Events that were challenging during the shoot

The main challenge we had with this shoot was keeping to the time schedule as we were all having so much fun. It’s so easy to get carried away and forget that there’s an actual party happening that the bride and groom should get back to.

Solutions I found

It always helps to have someone pay attention to the time, or at least, set an alarm for about 15 minutes before you need to start heading back. That just gives you a little heads up that the session has to come to an end fairly soon.


If you’ve noticed that your style has changed slightly over the years, take some time and go back through your old work and see if there’s still some shots that you can try and bring new life into. It’s a great way to generate more content for the social media and you may even find a few gems there that you forgot about entirely.
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Photographed by

Melli & Shayne

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