Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

When we walked into the getting room and greeted the bride and her bridesmaids, we were in awe at how beautiful the whole room was. Built out of wood and painted a delicate white, it was going to be an absolute dream to photograph. Why? The light pouring in from the windows meant that the room because a giant soft-box of sorts, with soft light hitting everything. When it comes to finding spots for the dress, we often try and keep it somewhere contextual to the wedding. We’re not fans of taking it to a completely different location just for a picture, but that’s just us.

We found this room that was being used for storage at the time and asked the bride if we could move things around to set up a few detail shots. She agreed and we got to work. While moving things, we noticed all these lines created by the planks of wood, and our eye for composition just blew up. We knew exactly where we wanted to shoot the dress and that was that.
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Composition

Center FramedMinimalisticSymmetryNatural Frames

The leading lines are the most obvious to notice when looking at this image. All the lines lead straight towards the dress which creates a natural direction for the eyes to follow. It also creates a feeling of symmetry which is inherently pleasing to humans. We placed the dress on it’s hanger, hung it up on the door and shifted it to find a composition that hid the door handles while also being central to our composition.
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Sometimes leading lines are not going to be so blatantly obvious in your frame as they were for us here; but keep your eyes open because there a ton of other ways and things to compose with.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The edge of the dress Single Shot Autofocus
Shooting white on white can be a bit tricky for the camera as it’s looking for contrasts to determine what is in focus and what isn’t. In this case, we moved our focus point to the edge of the dress where it meets the background since this is where the most contrast was. As the dress & the background were on the exact same plane, they both landed in focus which was exactly what we were after.
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightIndoor

The room became a giant softbox due to the fact that it was painted white and there were two large windows letting in sunlight just to the right of the frame. It was really easy to photograph in and position something since everything had a soft light; which worked in our favour not only because it was super simple but because we wanted to go with a minimalistic shot for the dress.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/80 f/5 ISO 100 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D mark IV

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic The Marula Presets

Software used:

 

The editing was kept very simple with this shot. We applied our Marula preset and adjusted the exposure, contrasts, and tones to our liking. We add a tad touch of warmth with the white balance and finally finished off with a bit of grain to add texture to the highlights.
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This image was edited with

The Marula Presets

Challenges & Solutions
THe main challenge we had was actually sticking the dress up on the door. The door was not staying in place when we left it and when it moved the dress was at risk to fall off & get dirty/broken. We also had the risk that someone could barge in from the other side of the door not knowing what we were doing inside.

Location

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment Finland

Private Home

Vantaa, Finland

Final tips & Advice

Sometimes simplicity is the way to go. You don’t always have to overcomplicate things when creating your images. Keep the composition simple, the editing simple, the focusing simple. It’s also a good idea to scout the room(s) when you arrive so you already have a mental picture of where you want to take what photos where and whether or not you need to clean up/tidy up things.
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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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