Photographed by Melli & Shayne


Over the years of photographing weddings, we’ve found that a really great time that works not only for us as photographers in terms of light, but also for the couple and the guests of the day is to take the couple for their shoot just before dinner. Sometimes, if the dinner set up is ready, we even take them to go experience it for the first time privately – and while we’re there, we start our shoot.

The indoor lighting can bring out some incredible results, especially if you have light to play with. However, in our case – we did lack quite a bit of natural light as this was a barn that was converted to the dinner area specifically for this wedding. There really wasn’t much light to work with besides the table lights and spots on the wall (and, quite clearly – the neon sign in the background).

We took a few shots as we would normally do, and while our couple was in this moment together – we spotted the sign in the background and its message. We really quite liked it in combination with the couple passionately in their moment so we chose to very simply move our focus point over the neon sign so we would throw our couple out of focus yet still visible in the frame to have context.
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“Guys, just enjoy this moment together and get real close to one another. Go in for a big but gentle kiss, and really make sure that you’re connecting and touching and feeling each other. Show each other how much you love each other, just by the gentle and subtle things you do with your hands, your kissing and your presence.”
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When working with prime lenses, you have to get used to physically moving yourself to find the compositions as they don’t offer a zoom control. Be constantly active on your feet and moving the whole time unless you know exactly the composition you’re going for. Even then, once you have your shot – start your dance around the couple. You never know what you might find.


Single Point Focused on Neon Sign Live View Continuous
Light & Weather

DarkWindow LightIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/100 f/1.8 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon R6


Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic The Protea Presets

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The Protea Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Barn Germany

Schloß Primmersdorf

Primmersdorf 1, 2095, Austria

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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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