Photographed by Melli & Shayne


One of the many awesome things about this career of being a wedding photographer is that you get to meet some really incredible people. People that you just “connect” with on all levels and it doesn’t take much for you to be able to look at them as more than just clients, but as friends.

Before our couple booked us, they had a few questions that they wanted to ask us before making their decision and since we already really liked each other from our initial phone call, we offered to meet them at a nice outdoor restaurant for lunch & some beers and to go over everything.

We did and it was absolutely great. Not only did we land the booking but more importantly, we really got to know our couple. This meant that on the day, there were no awkward introductions and they fell completely at ease with us working around them. Having this “pre-meeting” is not always possible – but when it is, it’s worth it. It makes everyone feel so much more at home together.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
We asked our couple to do a slow dance together, making sure to hold each other close. We encourage them to lean their heads together, to go in for a kiss every once in a while and to “snuggle”. We also made sure that they always had a connection with their arms around each other.
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“Hold her close and do a slow dance together. Forget about us and just live in this moment. Your moment. Lean your foreheads together and go in for a kiss whenever you feel it’s right”
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Center FramedLeading LinesFull Body

We had our couple in the middle of the road (private / no cars allowed) to allow the leading lines to guide the viewer’s attention straight to our couple. We also paid careful attention to not let the sun seep in too much as it was incredibly harsh at this moment.
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Keep your eyes open for natural frames and leading lines. They help guide your viewer’s attention to your point of interest.


Single Point Focused on The Couple Single Shot Autofocus
Our focus was on our couple and as they weren’t moving too fast, we didn’t have too much of an issue locking on to them. We moved our single point autofocus over our couple and let the camera find it’s lock. As we moved around them, we kept refocusing for each picture.
Light & Weather

Soft LightBack litRim LightNatural LightSunsetGolden HourShade

As the sun was incredibly harsh at this moment, we didn’t want to let it dominate the frame or blast our couple. We did however position ourselves and our couple to hide the sun behind a tree, but to also let our couple stand just slightly in the light. We did this because we then got a beautiful rim light around the back of our couple which helps separate them from the background.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/640 f/2 ISO 640 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


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
The main challenge we had here was finding the balance between too much backlight and not enough. We also had to keep an eye on where our couple would move during their slow dance as they could take one step in the wrong direction and throw off the exposure & light.


Wedding / Event Venue Germany

Gut Dietersberg

Gut Dietersberg, Dietersberg 1, 92539 Schönsee

Final tips & Advice

It’s not always possible to meet your couple in person before their wedding, but if they happen to be in the area and you all really like each other – it’s always a good idea! This means that when you see each other on their special day, things should flow much smoother between you all. And who knows? You may even walk away with a new pair of really good friends.

Harsh sunset light can be a challenge, but don’t be afraid to try something new. Learning to hide the sun, mask it, or even use a bit of it can create some wildly cool photos. As with everything, it just takes a bit of practice and then you’ll start to be able to predict how the image will come out based on what light is happening.
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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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