Photographed by Melli & Shayne


We often speak about how important it is to keep shooting, even if it means you come back with a ton of pictures to sort through and cull down. It was one of the best lessons we learned, and this picture is a great example of why.

We were moving to a whole new location with our couple and as we entered this field with tall grass, our bride naturally went to hold her dress up to help her walk through it all. At the same time, our groom extended his hand (all gentleman-like) to help her.

This moment was unscripted. It was unposed. Undirected by us. But, it’s a beautiful moment. It shows us who they are as people, and as a couple. They are kind to each other. They are caring for each other. They are, in love.

Had we kept our cameras down and not paid attention – we’d have missed this wonderful moment. We may have seen it, but in no way would we have been prepared to capture it.
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Center FramedHorizon LineFull Body

Besides having our couple framed within the center box of the compositional grid to give emphasis, we also held the camera slightly above our heads so we could frame them within the landscape and not have the horizon cut through them.
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Don’t be afraid to take the camera away from your eyes and use your live view mode ( if it’s decent enough ) to help find an interesting angle/composition.


Single Point Focused on The Brides dress Single Shot Autofocus
Since we held the camera away from our eyes and above our head, we switched to live view so we could see what we were focusing on and how we were composing. They were not moving very fast and we were able to keep our distance relatively easily so we didn’t lose the focus.
Light & Weather

Soft LightBack litNatural LightSunset

Since the sun was a bit too harsh to shoot into, we positioned ourselves and our couple so the sun was coming more from the side. We chose to include it in the frame to add a bit more flair & haze to the moment. By keeping the sun just off to the side of them, we got a beautiful rim light that separates the couple from the background.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/1000 f/2.5 ISO 800 WB Shade


Canon 5D mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


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 to enhance the sun & reduce the intense greens) 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
The biggest challenge here was actually while we were editing. We found that the greens were very saturated and became too dominant in the color scape.


Wedding / Event Venue Germany

Gut Dietersberg

Gut Dietersberg, Dietersberg 1, 92539 Schönsee

Final tips & Advice

If your camera has a decent live view mode, don’t be afraid to use it. It helps you get angles & compositions a lot easier and faster which is important when capturing some moments.

While we do stress the importance of always shooting, we aren’t saying that you have to literally keep that camera up against your face the whole time you’re on the wedding day. Just have your camera ready at all times and if you “feel” a moment coming, get into position. If the moment doesn’t happen – move on. If it does, you’re at least that little bit more prepared than you were a moment before.
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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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Everyone fails. It’s how you take it that will separate you from the rest. Failure is a lesson. And knowledge is a win.

Designed with love by Katharina + Katharina & Shayne Thomas. Background image by Adrián Vilanova

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