Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

After having an amazing couple shoot with these two with the most explosive sunset, we all packed up and started to head back to the hotel. As is our mantra, we always keep shooting. Not only to up the chances of coming back with stunning shots, but it’s also storytelling. We shoot the end of the session as much as we shoot the beginning because when you look at the gallery, it’s nice to have an end. It’s nice to close the story with something.

That’s exactly how this shot came about. We were walking back to the hotel, while still in good light, and told them to just simply walk as they would normally. We then moved around them finding the right angles. We chose to use this image as the light and the color of the sky was way more pretty than in any other angles we found.
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Directions

NaturalWalkingMovement

We celebrated the end of the shoot with the couple and then asked them to walk normally back to the hotel. We let them know that we’ll still be taking photos and that they should just ignore us and go right ahead. Also, not to walk too fast. They naturally held hands and the rest happened spontaneously.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“Woohoo! Well done guys! Let’s head back to the hotel and get you to your party. When you’re walking, we’re still going to be taking photos so don’t mind us. Just walk as you would, even hold hands if you like, and we’ll take our shots. Just try not to run or walk too fast because we still need to float around you guys. “
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Composition

Center FramedBroken RulesMid Range

We chose to keep this shot a bit more full with the couple instead of completely wide since we found the emotion, wind in the hair, and light all were more significant closer up. We kept the bride in the middle of the frame, with the groom trailing on the left. This feels a bit unbalanced but when you noticed the colors of the sunset to the right, the image feels that much more balanced. Also, when there’s movement, it’s generally a good idea to leave a bit of space to where the subjects are moving to. But of course, rules can be broken.
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If you’re stuck for a composition that works while you’re editing, try and pay attention to other aspects of the shot. Try and figure out what is the most important and frame it in a way that the composition compliments it.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Bride Live View Continuous
Even though it was quite dark at this time, our cameras did a great job of focusing. We simply moved the focus box over our couple and let the AI servo tracking do its thing. We kept the shutter button half-pressed throughout to keep the focus tracking while we moved our positions slightly. Of course, if we went too far or too wild, we’d lose focus and would simply have to re-press the shutter button.
Light & Weather

Directional LightDarkMoodyNatural LightSunset

This was taken right after the sun had set and we were losing light quite fast. Since we were just shooting to end the story, we didn’t really position our couple in any specific position though fortunately, the sun was right in front of them. This meant that they were lit from their fronts which really helped us with our exposure.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/80 f/1.4 ISO 1600 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D mark IV

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic The Protea Presets

Software used:

 

To edit this shot, we applied our protea presets and had to adjust a few things. We got the exposure and contrasts all sorted out to the mood we wanted ( paying attention to not blow out the sky ) and tweaked the white balance to get the warmth and tones we wanted. We then ventured into the HSL sliders to adjust the oranges, reds, yellows, blues, and purples to see how much of those colors we could bring out or mute. Finally, we added a vignette via a radial filter as it helped us to bring more attention to our couple by darkening the edges of the frame.
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This image was edited with

The Protea Presets

Challenges & Solutions
The biggest hurdle was to find a composition that worked the best while shooting as we also had to pay attention to our own footing since we were walking over rocks.

Location

Cliffs Portugal

Alba Suites Hotel

Estr. de Albandeira, 8400-403 Lagoa, Portugal

Final tips & Advice

As always, keep shooting. Shoot until you can’t anymore. It’s not only good for coming back with more impressive shots, but it’s also storytelling. Think of an ending to your session and document it – as it’s always nice to go through a gallery that takes the viewers on a journey.
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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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