Photographed by Melli & Shayne


Sometimes all you need is 10 minutes. 10 minutes in awesome light, and you can create something incredible.

It happens from time to time that a wedding day schedule is so tight, that the only time slot you have to do the couple shoot is not at the most ideal time of the day.

But being able to steal away your couple for a quick shoot when the sun sets can make all the difference. In this case, we had a very short couple shoot earlier on and we asked our couple in advance if they would be okay to grab some shots at sunset (which just so happened to be in between their dinner courses). They agreed and off we went.

We didn’t want to keep them away for too long but we are so glad that we made that effort to take them out at sunset.
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CalmHolding Each otherAlmost Kiss

We had our groom stand just behind his bride and put his arms around her. We then asked the bride to cross her arms and hold onto his, while turning her head towards him. From here, gentle kisses, whispers and sways all had a role in create slight movements and authentic feelings.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“Stand just behind (bride) and put your arms around her and really cuddle her. (Bride) cross your arms and hold his, and turn your head so he can kiss your cheek”
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Rule of ThirdsMiddle ThirdsBroken RulesWideFull BodyOff Center

We found this spot on the rocks right at the lake where the sun was setting and wanted to frame the shot so we had our couple just off center, while the sun was taking up the other side.

The birds were completely by chance. Just as we started shooting, the seagulls went ballistic and wanted to get in on the action.
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Try find a balance in your frame. Even if your subject isn’t dead center; if they’re off to the side then find an element that can fill the other side with equal interest.


Single Point Focused on The Brides face Single Shot Autofocus
We focused on our couple with our faithful single point AF mode by moving the point over their faces. We had enough light for our camera to easily lock on and we held it in place while we kept the shutter down in burst mode.
Light & Weather

Soft LightBack litNatural LightSunset

We took our couple out just as the sun was about to set. In the distance we had a lot of cloud cover which helped soften the light and fill the sky with color. We wanted to include the sunset in the shot and so we positioned it on the left half of the frame, while our couple were on the right.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/800 f/2.2 ISO 1600 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


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 major challenge with this image. The birds were completely unplanned and just happened to fly by.


Hotel Switzerland

Hotel des Trois Couronnes

Hotel des Trois Couronnes, Vevey, Switzerland

Final tips & Advice

When your groom is behind your bride, ask him to stand slightly outside so that he isn’t completely 100% behind her. This way he can more easily reach her cheek for kisses, and we get to see more of him.

Ask your couple if you can take them out in between dinner courses at sunset. Sometimes all you need is a couple of minutes and you can create something really cool.
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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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