Photographed by Melli & Shayne


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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Holding Each otherIntimateSitting

“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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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.


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Light & Weather

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Equipment & EXIF

1/200 f/1.4 ISO 1000 WB Auto


Canon 5D mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

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Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Sand Dune Germany

Sankt Peter-Ording

Sankt Peter-Ording, Germany

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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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