Photographed by Melli & Shayne


Just after we had done the normal getting ready shots, the groom lead us through this awesome building and pointed out how cool the kitchen was with all the brass pots and pans hanging about. We completely missed this room when doing our usual location scout as it was behind a closed, locked door and we aren’t ones to just intrude.

That being said, we totally wanted to grab a few shots with him in the room as we still had a bit of time to kill. We told him to go in so long, poor himself a bit of gin/whiskey (can’t remember) and hang out while we do our quick location scout test.

While chilling, and sipping away at his drink – we grabbed this frame. Nothing was said to him. He just naturally lent on the kitchen counter and waited for us to do our thing. It’s a cool moment as it also shows the ‘calm before the storm’. Sometimes these little unplanned moments are just too awesome to ignore and can really help build the story.
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Center FramedWideFull Body

We really wanted to keep as much of the room decoration in the picture but at the same time not loose the attention towards the groom. So we chose to shoot in portrait to allow us more vertical real estate and to limit how much of the rest of the room made it in the image. We also tried to frame our groom in the gap of the shelves ( happened by chance) as it created a mini-frame around him.
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Consider shooting portrait if you have a room that has interesting things in the roof. It’s a great way to showcase those details while still keeping your subject large enough to take the main focus.


Single Point Focused on The Groom’s Face Single Shot Autofocus
The focusing was very straight forward; we simply moved our single focus point over the face of our groom and let the camera lock on. Even though we did shift ourselves slightly between shots to fine tune the composition, we didn’t really struggle landing focus.
Light & Weather

Soft LightWindow LightNatural LightIndoor

The room was relatively dark, considering it was a full clear day outside. There were two windows on either side of the kitchen counter where our groom leant. It was by chance that he found this spot to hang out on, and so we didn’t really need to move him according to the light.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/125 f/2.5 ISO 1600 WB Auto


Canon 5D mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

Software used:


Editing this image was pretty easy – all we did was add in our starting preset (Protea) and then adjusted the white balance to get the skin tones we liked, adjusted the exposure sliders until we got the mood and tones to our liking and finally did a simple scour of spot removing with the clone tool (removed some dish soap by the sink). Finally, we added a radial adjustment to create a manual vignette around our groom which brings even more attention to our groom.
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This image was edited with

Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
A challenge with this shot was being ready to take the picture in time before he decided to move. We didn’t want to disturb him or even catch his attention as what he was doing was just perfect.


Kitchen Portugal

Quinta da Penalva

Quinta da Penalva, Sintra, Portugal

Final tips & Advice

Moments like these can happen without any warning and it really boils down to just being ready for anything as well as luck. Pure and simple. Not every shot has been carefully, creatively and meticulously planned for. A lot of the times it’s just the stars and moon aligning and luck happening. And thats okay – we all get lucky sometimes.

But how do you increase your chances of being lucky? Well, being agile, fast and experienced with your equipment, your style and your vision. And this takes time; so don’t beat yourself up just yet if you’re new. Keep at it, and soon enough you’ll start to see moments before they happen and you’ll see images without needing to hold the camera up to your eye.
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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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