Photographed by Melli & Shayne


When it comes to working with videographers, we make it a thing to brief everyone where we plan to be for capturing moments that happen once off. And during this brief, we figure out what’s best for everyone, and what shots they need.

However, at this particular moment, we were pushed aside by one of the videographers who simply decided that they weren’t going to allow us our room. Fortunately, we were still able to capture a killer moment for our couple, but it’s things like this that can really make it a challenge.

We spoke to the videographer afterward, explaining that what happened was very uncool and that we risked not getting our shots because of this. They apologized and just simply out of lack of experience, they didn’t do it with any ill intent or on purpose. We left the wedding with no hard feelings, but no connection either.
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Center FramedLeading LinesMid Range

Keep your eyes open for natural frames; even if that frame is formed by guests.


Single Point Focused on Bride’s Face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Artificial LightNightSparklers

Equipment & EXIF

1/125 f/1.4 ISO 3200 WB Auto


Canon 5D mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

This image was edited with

Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Wedding / Event Venue Portugal

Quinta da Penalva

Quinta da Penalva, Sintra, Portugal

Final tips & Advice

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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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