Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

This was one of those dreams like weddings where everything was ticking off boxes: Awesome couple who are madly in love with each other, a wedding venue out in the middle of the forest, and a setup that was so inspiring. Everything was perfect. However, being in peak summer and having almost no clouds in the sky throughout the day posed quite a challenge for us. The harshness of the light was only complimented by the patches it created in the forest and so we had to figure out a way to work around this.

As for the confetti moment, this was something we were so lucky to have caught in the corner of our eye as we were expecting them to be fired during the exit, not the first kiss. It’s all about being aware of your surroundings and being ready for anything.
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Composition

Center FramedWideFull Body

We composed to have our bride and groom in the center just as the confetti canons were shot and also shot this in portrait. We did this for two reasons, to capture more of the paper butterflies and to only include our couple, bringing all the attention of the viewers to them and this moment.
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Shooting in portrait mode can really help your composition when you want to exclude certain elements and bring attention to your subjects. Even if you shoot it wide, portrait orientation is one worth practicing and nailing.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Couple Single Shot Autofocus
Our focus point was directly on our couple as they went in for their first kiss. We kept it locked on them as best as we could even while the confetti fell down in front of our lens. What definitely helped was being in single point auto focus since if we were in a matrix point mode or similar, perhaps the camera would have tried to focus on a confetti.
Light & Weather

Soft LightRim LightNatural LightNoon

Taken during mid-afternoon, the light was incredibly strong and patchy because of the tree’s it fell through. We exposed for the highlights in the scene since we knew we could bring up details in the shadow later on when we were editing.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/1600 f/2.0 ISO 100 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

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 we faced here was the fact that this happened spontaneously and we had to get ourselves into a new position to really get that shot where we are “in” the confetti.

The next thing was the light. It was not the easiest light to work with and we had to be careful to not find angles were the patches of light were too prominent.

Location

Forest Germany

Faber-Castell Waldhütte

Faber-Castell Waldhütte Faberhof 1, 90596 Schwanstetten

Final tips & Advice

Always be ready for sudden events during the ceremony. Keep your eyes open and if you see someone about to shoot a confetti canon right as the first kiss is about to happen – try and get into place as quick as you can and ready. Focus, expose and shoot. Shoot through the whole moment and then some.

Patchy light can be a tough one, and so if you value details in your work, try to expose for the highlights. That way you can bring back details in the shadows, and hopefully stop the highlights from blowing out.
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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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