Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

For this elopement, we really wanted to bring our couple somewhere special and perhaps even unexpected. Our incredible couple came all the way from Brazil to elope in the snowy Alps and we really wanted to make sure they had an experience that they wouldn’t ever forget.

We arrived to the Alps a day before and went on our mission to find those spots where we could take our couple. One of them being on top of this mountain. While location scouting, we found ourselves in the middle of a storm with freezing temperatures.

We climbed, explored and looked at all points on top of the mountain and froze our asses off. But, having done this, we knew exactly where we wanted to take our couple and what we wanted to do.

We can’t imagine what it would have been like had we not done this research before hand. We likely would have wasted a lot of time and body temperature scouting with the couple and so this always ends up in our
recommendations: always location scout. As much as you can.
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Directions

CalmIntimateKissingSitting

Have your groom sit somewhere comfortably and encourage your bride to find a spot on his lap. It works really well when she has her legs between his and can turn herself to face her groom. From here, let them get close to each other and really enjoy their moment together.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“Gently caress her neck, her cheek and her jaw line; make her feel really good and you can even bring her in for a kiss. “
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Composition

Center FramedWideFull Body

We framed our couple in the center here since we could bring all the attention to them first. This is quite an important
decision since we were surrounded by incredibly beautiful mountains. We didn’t want the landscape to take center stage, and a good technique to help with this is to make your couple very prominent in the frame.
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Sometimes taking a step back and having a look without your camera can help you make compositional decisions. As beautiful as the landscape may be, sometimes it’s better to have less of it or to have your couple in such a prominent position as to not lose the attention from them.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Grooms Face Single Shot Autofocus
We focused as per normal on our couple with our single point autofocus directly over them. As there was a strong contrast between our couple and the surrounding areas, we had no real challenges when it came to focusing.
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightCloudySunset

This was taken quite late in the afternoon and the sun was already setting; but due to the clouds surrounding us and the sheer cold temperatures, our light was definitely not warm. It was however, very very soft and the fact that we were amongst snow meant that whatever light was around us, was being bounced in all directions because of the white of the snow; adding to the softness of the light.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/1000 f/1.8 ISO 200 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
One of the biggest challenges we faced here was the freezing temperatures and the wind that was really strong on top of the mountain. It was so cold our hands were turning blue. Not even to mention just how it must have felt for our couple. We had to work fast and make sure we got everything we needed so we could get back inside to where it was much warmer.

Location

Mountains Germany

Alpspitze Mountain

Alpspitze 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Final tips & Advice

If ever you’re in the cold, keep an eye out for your couple and always ask how they are feeling. Remind them that at any point, if they get too cold or uncomfortable, that you can always move back inside to where it’s warmer. In the end, we all want our couples to have an incredible experience with us and looking out for their comfort is a sure way of helping that.
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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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