Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

When we found out that our bride was a full-fledged, certified drone pilot for a News channel, we were absolutely blown away. During our initial conversation, she mentioned how much it would mean to her if we could find a moment to photograph her in her wedding dress flying our drone. Of course, we made it happen!

Even though our couple shoot was so time-restricted and much shorter than what we would have liked; we made sure not to forget this simple but fun request; and you know what? We had an incredibly happy bride afterwards. I mean, just look at that smile! It’s the small things that count and can go a long way.
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Directions

EnergeticFunnyLaughingPlayful

Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
We asked our bride to fly the drone a couple of feet higher than us but not so much that we couldn’t get it in our frame. We then threw in some silly jokes which got her laughing; especially when asking her to make the drone do a backflip!
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“Just take the drone up and keep it about [this] high and totally focus on it. Okay, now show us how good you are; make it do a backflip!”
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Composition

Center FramedLeading LinesFull Body

For this composition, we took a few things into consideration. Where we were was on a driveway up to the reception venue and along each side was the car park. We obviously didn’t want cars in our shot; so we framed this vertically and shot it with a 50mm so that the compression would mean that our bride & the drone took all the attention. We also had our bride stand in the middle of the road which was naturally forming leading lines. A very simple, but strong composition.
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If you have a decent live view system on your camera, try to take the camera away from your eye and position it somewhere different while looking through your screen. It not only helps you see different compositions but also helps to spot things that may actually hurt your composition (like distracting elements).

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Brides Face Single Shot Autofocus
Focusing on this was definitely a challenge because we had to decide whether we wanted to have the drone sharp, or our bride (along with a shallow depth of field). We chose to focus on our bride for this moment as she was honestly having so much fun. We moved our single focus point over her smile to tell the camera to only look for focus there.
Light & Weather

Soft LightBrightNatural LightSunset

This was taken just after the sun had set, meaning we had a really beautiful soft light to work with. Even though the sun had set, we still opted to have our bride turn and face us since the sun had set just behind her and to her right (out of frame). The light coming from this angle meant that we have a beautiful rim light on the right of our bride helping to separate her from the background.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/160 f/2.5 ISO 100 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

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
The biggest challenge was probably getting the drone into a position where it balanced the composition. It very easily could have gone too high, or too low that it was would be hidden by the background castle.

Location

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment Italy

Private Home

Via Turrita, 06081 Sterpeto PG, Italy

Final tips & Advice

It won’t always happen that you get a bride that happens to have a career that you could easily incorporate into a photo, but the message stays the same. Small things do matter and going that extra mile is always worth it.

When you’re getting to know your couple; really pay attention to what they tell you about themselves as you never know what little gems can be found and used in your shoot. It could even be as subtle as “He is always picking me up and carrying me around”.
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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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Everyone fails. It’s how you take it that will separate you from the rest. Failure is a lesson. And knowledge is a win.

Designed with love by Katharina + Katharina & Shayne Thomas. Background image by Adrián Vilanova

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