Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

When we took our couple out for their couple shoot, we had planned to bring them in their wedding car. A fancy old-timer that the Bride’s dad restored. Naturally, we asked if he could drive them and come along while we took some photos of them in the car.

We also wanted to try something a bit different, and since not all the flowers from the ceremony exit were used, we thought about bringing them with us. We went ahead with our couple shoot as per normal, and then we decided to incorporate the rest of the flower petals.

We asked the Bride’s dad if he’d be keen to toss the flower petals over the couple as we took pictures – and his face lit up! He was so stoked to be a part of it. Needless to say, we got our couple into position, asked them to go in for a gorgeous kiss, and gave the signal to the dad to toss the flowers. The results – we loved it!
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Directions

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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
We wanted to have a very simple moment between the couple, and so we asked them to face each other, and go in for the most gentle, the slowest, and the most beautiful kiss they can. As they were enjoying this moment, we signaled to the dad to throw the petals.
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“Guys, I want you to stand real close to each other. Get your bellies touching and really feel each other’s presence. Go in for the most beautiful, gentle, and slow kiss you can, and don’t stop until we stop shooting. Perfect! Okay [Dad], let’s go!”
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Composition

Center FramedMiddle ThirdsMid Range

Since we were out in a field, we didn’t have too many compositional elements to play with and therefore decided to shoot this pretty safely. We had our couple in the middle of the frame with enough space around them to allow for the spread of the petals. We didn’t want to shoot full body since we felt this would loose drama.
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It’s a good idea to shoot a little bit wider than what you intend to compose for as it allows you to crop in slightly while you’re editing. Losing a few pixels in the image in today’s cameras is really not a big deal.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Bride’s eyes Single Shot Autofocus
We didn’t want to let our camera suddenly focus on a falling petal if it came in front of our lens, so we simply locked on to our couple and didn’t refocus throughout the duration of the shots. We also switched to burst mode to increase our chances of nailing that one awesome shot.
Light & Weather

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During the shoot, we had a pretty overcast sky with a few showers of rain here and there. This meant that the light was super soft and easy to work with. Because of the rain, we did have to stand under some trees as to not get our couple wet, and by doing so, we had them in a section of shade. The light was stronger slightly outside of the trees which is why it’s noticeable on the left side of the image. We had our couple positioned in such a way that it lit the back of them as it would help separate them from the background.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/1600 f/2.2 ISO 1600 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Lens

Canon 85mm f/1.2 L

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

Software used:

 

The editing was very straightforward as we simply added our Protea preset, adjusted the exposure and white balance until we liked the overall tone and feel. We then added a radial filter off to the left of the image to create a soft flare from where the majority of the light was coming from. We tweaked our vibrance slightly to help bring out the petals even more. Finally, we dodged and burned a few sections on our couple to help them pop a bit more in this very flat light.
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This image was edited with

M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
The biggest challenge was dealing with the poor weather conditions. We only had a few moments where the rain stopped and allowed us to move more freely with our couple.

Location

Garden / Field Germany

Friedhof Keidenzell

KEIDENZELLER HOF, Fürther Straße, Langenzenn

Final tips & Advice

Try and incorporate elements from the wedding in your couple shoot to really bring out something special and unique. Especially if you notice somethings weren’t used to their completion such as flower petals, sparklers, and so on. They can really help create some beautiful images.
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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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Designed with love by Katharina + Katharina & Shayne Thomas. Background image by Adrián Vilanova

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