Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

One of the highlights of our wedding season was photographing this wedding in Finland. Not only was the couple incredibly sweet and were such beautiful people, inside and out – their whole concept of the wedding was on point to what we believe a wedding should be.

Held at the bride’s parents’ farm, they had their ceremony in the garden under a stunning tree with all their friends, families and dogs to witness the event.

We made sure to arrive a day or two before the wedding and go and visit the locations and meet up with the couple. This whole part of being as prepared as we can be has really made us a more professional team of photographers.
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“We know the exit is an exciting time for you two, and so as best as you can try and enjoy it and celebrate when you do! Throw your hands up and have a good time! Also, take your time and don’t rush through”
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Composition

Center FramedLower ThirdsLeading LinesWideFull Body

There were so many elements of interest in the whole ceremony exit that we really wanted to bring each of them in for a very compelling image. We framed our couple wide enough to have them full-body while allowing a bit of the over-hanging tree to form a natural frame at the top. This helped balance out the whole frame as our couple we positioned more in the lower 2 thirds.
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Try your best to get a variation of shots (if you’re confident enough) in terms of close-ups and wide. It’s much easier if there are two of you but is possible if you are alone and have two cameras, correctly exposed with you during the exit.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Brides face Single Shot Autofocus
Our focus on ceremony exits is always on the couple’s emotions and expression. With a wide frame like this, the focus becomes a bit more forgiving in case you misposition it. We did our best to keep the focus point on our brides face while they walked towards us as her enjoyment of the whole moment was really the main goal.
Light & Weather

Soft LightNoonShade

We were very fortunate with the weather during the ceremony as it only rained very slightly. What that meant was that we had cloud cover which really helped soften the light. This was especially beneficial for us as the ceremony was held under a tree, which lets light through in patches. If that were the case, we would always expose for the brightest part on our couple and brighten things up in lightroom.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/1600 f/2 ISO 160 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

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
There was no big challenge here other than keeping an eye out for what was behind us. As we are shooting towards our couple, we had to be aware of any stairs, rocks or obstacles that could potentially trip us / hurt us / break our equipment.

Location

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment Finland

Private Home

Vantaa, Finland

Final tips & Advice

Always do a location scout before a wedding. It not only makes you feel more prepared, but it also helps you plan for things in advance that may have caught you by surprise.

When location scouting, don’t just focus on where you will take your couple for their shoot- but actually go to the ceremony venue, the reception venue (if different) and the getting ready places (if possible). Knowing where everything is before the starts is a huge stress-reliever and helps you more than it helps anyone else.

If you have a ceremony where you have a bunch of beautiful elements, try taking a few wide shots to capture everything in there. Even if they aren’t completely in the frame, sometimes just a bit is enough to give the idea that it exists.
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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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