Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

As wonderful as Weddings can be, they can also be quite tight in terms of timeline and how much time you have to work with in different parts of the day. When we were shooting this wedding, we only had a very limited amount of time during the couple shoot before the sun had completely disappeared – and so we thought to ourselves, lets keep shooting until we literally cannot shoot anymore. We pushed right on through to the blue hour and kept shooting until our cameras simply could not focus anymore.
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Directions

CalmHolding HandsWalking

Have your couple hold hands and walk towards your next spot as well as to have one of them lead. Make sure you tell them to look at each other every once in a while and if your bride has a long dress, ask her to hold it up (It also makes it easier to walk).
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“Right guys, we’re heading over there. Take her hand and lead her with you. Don’t forget to look back and make sure she’s doing okay. Hold your dress up if it makes it easier.”
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Composition

Center FramedWideFull Body

We wanted to show off the incredible landscape features here on the coastline as well as to capture our couple in full. We framed them so they were contained within the rock features as well as slightly lower than the horizon. This meant we could avoid cutting them off with the distant horizon and also keep them framed within the rocks.
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Don’t be afraid to fill the frame with your landscape elements if it means that your couple will be larger enough to still draw the attention. If you like, try be fast and shoot it once with everything included and then quickly move in for some closer up ones.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Brides body Live View Single Shot
As the light was fading very fast, we did struggle to focus for these moving shots. What we did was switch our camera to live view (with the 5D Mark IV) as it allowed us to use a different method of focusing. With Live view focusing, the camera is looking for strong contrasts and will automatically increase your ISO just to get that lock on correctly.
Light & Weather

Soft LightDirectional LightNatural LightSunset

At this point, the sun had pretty much dissappeared under the horizon and it was this “blue hour” that happens just after the sun sets. The light is incredibly soft and beautiful, but it also fades very fast. Time is of the absolute essence at this point in time.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/100 f/1.8 ISO 250 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:

 

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) 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
Our biggest challenge was the speed at which the light was fading. We only really had about 5 to 7 minutes left of any form of light that our cameras could use and so we had to be quite efficient with everything.

The fading light also made it pretty tought to focus as through our viewfinder, there simply wasn’t enough light for the camera to find something to lock onto.

Location

Hotel Italy

Le Calette hotel

Le Calette hotel – Cefalù Via Cavallaro, 12, 90015 Cefalù PA, Italy

Final tips & Advice

Don’t forget to have your couple look at each other and to genuinely care for one another. Walking on sand in heels is no easy task, and so make sure your groom is there to help his bride.

If you have the chance, shoot until you can no longer shoot any more. Until your camera simply cannot focus. That blue hour / evening light can be incredible to work with and it’s definitely worth sticking around for.
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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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