Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

Doing an after-wedding shoot has so many advantages that it’s hard to list them all out just here. Amongst them is that it takes a bit of stress out of what could be an already tight schedule wedding. It means that you could do a quick couple shoot on the day, and then go out together again a day or two after to an awesome spot and really enjoy those hours stress-free shooting together. And that’s exactly the story behind this image. We started offering after-wedding shoots and we had such a wonderful experience with our couple on the wedding day as well as here, on the beach in Sintra, Portugal.
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Directions

EnergeticHolding Each otherPlayfulMovementCarry

Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
When we asked our groom to pick up our bride, we wanted him to move with her (so we could get movement in her dress, her hair & the overall posture). We asked him to walk and turn and dance while holding her up. As for the kiss, we really emphasized for them to take their time, and go for the most beautiful & gentle kiss they could.
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“Pick her up and go in for the most gentle, most beautiful kiss you can. Really take your time. While holding her up, walk with her and turn her around – like you’re dancing”
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Composition

Center FramedFull BodyNatural Frames

We chose to shoot this with our 50mm in portrait because it meant that the compression would give our couple & their moment a bit more presence. It’s wide enough to show their entire body as well as the environment; while being close enough to really feel the emotions. We kept them in the center column as best as we could to give them the most impact.
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Don’t be afraid to try shooting wide with a lens commonly used to frame subjects closer up. The longer the lens, the bigger the compression and the more “presence” the subject has in the frame.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The grooms face Single Shot Autofocus
Our focusing here was on our couple; and we achieved this very simply with moving our single point autofocus over them. There was plenty of light and contrasts for our camera to pick up and focus on. As they were moving, we kept refocusing in between shots. This may not always be perfect, so long as you’re fast, your success ratio is much higher.
Light & Weather

Soft LightDirectional LightDarkMoodyNatural LightSunset

This was taken during the most spectacular time of the day; the late golden hour. The sun was just about to disappear under the horizon and being on this already golden-colored beach meant the light that bouncing around was just divine. We chose to shoot our couple cross-wards to the sun as we wanted the highlights & shadows. It adds so much more depth & dimension to your subjects.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/640 f/1.4 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
It’s very easy to get carried away when all elements of a shoot have lined up perfectly. The light, the couple, the romance – all of it was really on point and we found ourselves burning so much time in one spot because we simply were loving what we were getting.

Location

Beach / Coastal Portugal

Praia Da Adraga

PRAIA DA ADRAGA, Sintra, Portugal

Final tips & Advice

If you are shooting destination weddings and happen to know that your couple will be sticking around there for a bit longer after the wedding – consider offering them an after wedding shoot. It’s not only an awesome chance to come back with more portfolio work, but you get to see them again, you get to explore new places and it’s another business sale. Even if you do the first few for free to have something to show and convince future brides – totally worth it.

Of course, this isn’t only limited to destination weddings. Even your local spots could be amazing.
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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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