Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

When we photograph a couple, we find ourselves circling around them and basically exploring them with our lens. We find little details here and there and we don’t ever really stop our movement.


We do this for a few reasons, but mainly to keep our storytelling interesting. And when it came to this shot, we absolutely adored the flower bouquet and how the bride naturally held it down low while they were cuddling. We found a composition, lowered ourselves to try and capture a bit of that golden sun flare in the corner, and took our shots.

Detail shots are often so overlooked, but they piece together the story and add so much depth. But most importantly, you can potentially send these detail shots to the vendors who created those details. The more people sharing your work = more brides looking at your work :)
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Composition

Center FramedMid RangeIntimate Framing

We chose to shoot this shot in portrait as it meant that the flower bouquet took up the majority of the frame and stopped it from being lost amongst the landscape. We had to lower ourselves slightly in order to tilt the camera just high enough to capture some of that sun flare too. Finally, we played the safe route and positioned the flowers directly center as we felt that simplicity is key here.
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Get into the habit of moving around your couple the whole time; you’ll start to see new compositions, details and moments and they become easier to spot the more times you do it.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Flowers Live View Single Shot
Since we shot this with our live view, we simply had our focus box in the middle of the screen and positioned it directly over the flowers.
Light & Weather

Back litRim LightNatural LightSunnyAfternoon

Since we wanted to have the sun play a role in this image, we positioned ourselves to have the couple between us and the sun, and a bit off to the side. We did this because we wanted to keep the flare of the sun. This also created a beautiful little rim light on our bride which really separates her from the background.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/4000 f/1.4 ISO 125 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:

 

This was not the most complex image to edit as we were fortunate enough to have the sun flare in the image (just as we had hoped) and it didn’t need much enhancement. We applied our protea preset, adjusted the usual white balance and exposure sliders until we had the tones that we liked, and slightly adjusted the HSL sliders to bring back a bit more of the natural colors of the flowers.
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This image was edited with

M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
The only challenge we faced was being fast enough to capture this moment before our couple moved. It was not a planned shot and it just so happened that we saw and loved the way the flowers hung low with the dress sweeping with wind.

Location

Sand Dune Germany

Sankt Peter-Ording

Sankt Peter-Ording, Germany

Final tips & Advice

Don’t forget the details. They’re wonderful for storytelling in your blogs and are an awesome way to get other vendors to share more of your photos. After all, it could be some of their finest work and they would always love to have amazing photos to share on their own social media.
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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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