Photographed by Melli & Shayne


When it comes to portraits, one of the key skills a photographer should have is to be able to bring out the real character of the subject. It is it’s whole own skill set and learning to do this does take some time. There are a lot of interpersonal skills that you need to bring out as well as knowing how to “know” someone. Even after a short time.
This was one of our bride’s favourite photos of her groom. It was a moment that reflects him and what he would do. This all happened simply because we got to know our couple throughout the day and picked up on what humor they like and what things get them smiling. When photographing a groom, get to know his style and where he feels most comfortable. If he is the joking and teasing type – use that to your advantage. You could even turn the tables and harmlessly tease him too.

If he is more reserved, use those cues for your portrait. In the end, just paying attention to who is in front of your lens and how they are feeling can go a long way.

Quick tip – do some research on portrait tutorials. No one ever said you can’t take what you learn from one genre of photography and apply it to weddings.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
We had our groom stand straight on to us with his hands in his pocket. Normally from here we’d have him walk towards us with looking out in different directions, but this time we threw in some jokes. We caught him off guard with a rather “raunchy” joke and he just burst out laughing.
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“Stand with your shoulders facing me and have your hands in your pocket. Oh great, we can see your [email protected]#$! Just kidding!!”
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Center FramedMiddle ThirdsMid Range

After getting our full body shots, we wanted to come in closer and see if we could bring emphasis to an emotion. We framed it so we had him contained within the background elements (buildings and trees) and paid attention to not let those cut through his shape.
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Always move around your subject as you may find new angles and compositions that work just as well. It also adds a lot more diversity to your shots as you can get right up close and also far enough back to capture it wide.


Single Point Focused on The Grooms face Single Shot Autofocus
Our focusing was very straight forward. We simply used our Single Point AF over our groom and made sure that he was being locked on by the camera.
Light & Weather

Soft LightBack litRim LightNatural LightShade

The sun was just on the horizon when we were taking these photos, and so it allowed us to shoot pretty much anywhere. We did keep an eye on where the sun was as it still was high enough to create dimensions through the highlights and shadows on our groom.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/2500 f/1.4 ISO 200 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


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
Making someone laugh on command is not always the easiest. Sometimes people are more reserved than others.


Garden / Field Germany

ConneKT Technology Park

ConneKT 1 ConneKT 1, 97318 Kitzingen, Germany

Final tips & Advice

If you find yourself stuck on what to learn next in Wedding Photography, try look to other genres for ideas and inspirations. There is so much that applies to wedding photography and the more you know, the better your “product” becomes.

Really aim to bring out the character of your portrait subject. Get to know them and know how far you can go with jokes, and how
comfortable they feel in front of your camera.
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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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