Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

We often speak about how important location scouting is for a successful shoot, and we always bring it up for good reason. When we were planning this shoot, we spent the majority of the afternoon taking a walk through all possible locations where we could take our couple. Some looked better than others, and some were just too awesome to forget.

We made notes of where we wanted to go, and then on the day of shooting – we made sure to walk the route before the couple arrived. That way, we knew exactly how to get there and what to expect. For this shot, we found this awesome little sand dune hill amongst the dry grass that allowed us to have our couple in an elevated position.
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Directions

Holding Each otherIntimateSitting

We had our bride sit on our groom’s lap, and while doing so, lean towards him. She had to sit with her legs inside his, and so we made sure to explain that as clearly as we could. Once we had them in position, we encouraged them to close their eyes and just listen to the wind, and totally get lost with each other at this moment.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“Guys, that looks amazing! Just make sure your legs are tucked in between his, and really cuddle into him. Close your eyes and listen to the wind. Listen to the waves. Listen to each other and just embrace this moment you share together.”
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Composition

Center FramedWideFull Body

Since our couple were on this hill making them higher than the rest of the landscape, we chose to have them in the middle the image while we shot from a slightly lower angle. This allowed more space for the sky to play a role in the image. We also shot this wide enough to capture the whole motion of the dress floating with the wind. We didn’t want to cut it off.
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Experiment with different heights in your composition as you may find that a slightly lower or higher angle produces even better, more flattering results. Also, don’t be afraid to shoot a bit wider than you’d like as you can always crop in a bit later while editing.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Groom’s Face Single Shot Autofocus
There was nothing too hard about the focusing in this image as we had plenty of light and contrasts to work with. We simply moved our single focus point over our couple, let it lock, and fired away.
Light & Weather

Soft LightDirectional LightCloudySunset

This was taken during the blue hour and so the light was incredibly soft and beautiful to work with. We were aware of where the sun had set, and so we positioned our couple in a such a way that their faces would be facing the sunset. This was important because even though the light was soft, it still had some direction to it. And we didn’t want to have any funky shadows on our couple when we could have easily solved it just by positioning them right.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/200 f/1.4 ISO 1000 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D mark IV

Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

Software used:

 

We edited this image with our protea Presets and found the right balance with the exposure adjustments and the tones with the white balance. We then added in a light-enhancing radial adjustment to the left of the image which just adds a bit more interest to the whole scene. Finally, we dodged and burned our couple slightly to give them some extra pop.
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This image was edited with

M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
The hardest part was the amount of time we had to shoot during the blue hour. It’s such a wonderful time to shoot (even though you have to push your camera’s ISO up) that we wanted to shoot as much as we could.

Location

Sand Dune Germany

Sankt Peter-Ording

Sankt Peter-Ording, Germany

Final tips & Advice

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Don’t stop shooting until you can’t shoot anymore. As much as possible. Of course, if you’re at a wedding and you have to follow a schedule, then by all means respect it. But if you have time with your couple with no deadline – then really take advantage of it all. It’s worth coming back with 3000+ 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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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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