Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

One of the things we find incredibly important when working with a couple or even just someone by themselves is to really get to know them and find a comfort zone. It helps the chemistry between the photographer and subject(s) be a lot more fluid and in turn, allows the creation of much more genuine photos.

With our bride, whom we had met previously in Italy at a photography conference, we had an instant connection to and it was almost as if we had been friends for many, many years. So when it came time for the portraits, things flowed so easily. Along with the silly jokes that got her laughing.
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Directions

EnergeticFunnyJokesLaughing

Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
We had our bride simply stand in the middle of the room with her body turned more towards the window light. We asked her to simply hold her flowers by her waist and as this was the “warm-up” to the portraits – we threw in some silly jokes just to get her to relax and loosen up.
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“Alrighty [Bride], Let’s have you stand here and face the window. Keep your flowers down and then I want you to look at them – tell them you love them. Make them feel loved! LOVE YOUR FLOWERS! Imagine they’re [Groom], and you’re flirting with him! Tell them something dirty! We can’t hear you!”
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Composition

Center FramedLeading LinesFull BodyNatural Frames

Since the room had plenty of wonderful lines to work with, we wanted to make sure we found a composition that leads the eyes straight to our bride. We framed her within the door and had her in the middle of the room so the floor-boards also converged towards her. This creates a natural symmetry to the image and tends to be a lot more pleasing to look at.
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Look for lines in your composition. Whether leading lines or framing lines – they can really help focus the attention of your viewer on something you want them to.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Brides Face Single Shot Autofocus
The focusing was very straight forward for this image. There was plenty of light to work with and since we wanted to pay attention to the composition even closer, we switched to live view to allow us to see the whole picture a lot more carefully.
Light & Weather

Soft LightBrightIndoor

Since the room was bright and white, the light was incredibly soft to work with. It was bouncing all around the room which meant it softened the shadows quite nicely. Regardless of this, we still had our bride turn and face the window light just so the brighter part was her front and brought the attention to her face and expression.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/1600 f/3,5 ISO 1600 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D mark IV

Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

Software used:

 

The edit in this image was very simple. We added our Protea Preset as a base and then corrected the exposure, shadows & highlights while also warming up the tones. We always pay attention to the skin tones to make sure they’re looking their very best.
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This image was edited with

Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
The only challenge we really had was that we had to get the portraits done relatively fast as we needed to bring the bride to the first look on time.

Location

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment Finland

Private Home

Vantaa, Finland

Final tips & Advice

Having a good connection with your subject(s) can really make a big difference in the final outcome of the images. When the connection is strong, you’ll find that your subject trusts you more, and can relax a lot easier. It’s always worth that extra effort to get to know them or spend time even before the wedding to help create these bonds.

If you’re pressured for time, just remember that all you really need is a handful of really great shots. If for some reason you don’t manage to get all that you wanted during the getting ready – make time during the couple shoot to take some more portraits of both the bride & the groom.
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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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