Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

Some of the most common ways of finding new clients are via our normal streams – websites, Facebook, Instagram, and perhaps even bridal shows. But there is another place that has a huge potential to finding new clients.

That is at weddings you’re already shooting. We were photographing the wedding of some friends of our couple in this image, and they got to see just how we worked, how we handled the day, and obviously the results from it all. In fact, we were even introduced to these two lovely people at that wedding by their friends we were photographing.

It was really cool to meet them in person before they even had a chance to look at our portfolio, our prices, or even our availability. It just goes to show that you should always be giving it your 100%. No matter what. You never know who is interested in you and may even be your next booking.
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Directions

CalmHolding Each otherNaturalSitting

Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
We asked our couple to sit together on the steps and to have our groom bring his arm over the bride’s shoulder, and really cuddle her in. We then asked our bride to hold his hand that was over her shoulder and to lean into him. Finally, we let them have their space. We let them enjoy this quiet moment and take it all in.
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“Sit next to each other and [groom], perhaps you could bring your right arm over [bride]’s shoulder and snuggle in with her. Get really close and see if you can hold his hand [bride]. Awesome. Just breathe. Be with each other. Snuggle each other. We’ll be moving around you so don’t worry about the camera”
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Composition

Center FramedLeading LinesFull Body

We came across this composition purely by moving around our couple. It was not the main angle we were shooting from, but rather an “experimental” one. We got our main shots, and then circled them slightly. we found this composition interesting because we didn’t have them from the front. We kept enough of the scenery to show where they were, but tight enough to emphasize the intimacy.
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Even if you are a solo shooter, once you have your shots from the main angle – see if you can move around them before letting them leave the moment. You never know what new angles & compositions you’ll find.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Grooms face Single Shot Autofocus
Since we were moving around, we chose to use our single point autofocus mode which allowed us to tell the camera to only lock on to a very specific point. This is quite important as you could miss the couple and then lose focus entirely if you used a wider, less accurate system.
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightShade

As this was taken in the middle of a city, we lost the direct sunlight pretty quickly which worked in our favor since it meant we could technically place our couple anywhere. However, we found these stairs that not only looked pretty sweet, but it also had an opening in the buildings which allowed some of the light from the sky to fall onto them and create a play between the highlights & shadows; creating dimensions to our couple.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/640 f/1.8 ISO 640 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
A little challenge we had was to make sure the body positions of our couple looked natural and not too stiff. It’s easy for people to tighten up for pictures, and so we really had to pay attention that this didn’t happen.

Location

Wedding / Event Venue United States

The Norwood Club

241 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011, United States

Final tips & Advice

It’s always a good idea to “wear your best hat” at every wedding. Not only for your couple that you’re photographing, but because the guests will likely have eyes on you. More often than not there are quite a few engaged couples still on the hunt for vendors at the wedding and so if you can show them how good you are, you stand a really good chance of getting a neat little email from them.

If you have the chance, try shooting with a partner / second-shooter. Having an extra pair of eyes to find interesting angles & compositions is really a game-changer. While one is shooting the main shots, have the other photographer move around slightly and see what they can find.
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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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