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Getting to know your clients more than just their basic information is one thing that we cherish being able to do. We really try our hardest to get to know what they like, what they don’t, and all things that make up who they are so that we can produce images that they feel they can recognize themselves in. Our bride loved simple poses. Simple, classic, elegant poses and she had the location & the dress for it too. Knowing this, we were able to approach the bridal portrait section of the day with those key points in mind and we were able to create something for our bride that she truly loved.

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How did you direct your subject(s)?

We wanted to go for a very simple pose for this shot as sometimes thats all you need. We simply asked our bride to stand facing us while holding her flowers up, and then to look out over her right shoulder. We threw in a good few genuine compliments here and there as this really helps being out a true smile in your subject.

What did you say?

Stand facing us with your flowers up slightly and look over your right shoulder. There you go! You’re absolutely gorgeous!

How did you compose your image?

We chose to shoot this wide since we had a stunning location to work with that wasn’t over-the-top with details. We positioned our bride in between the door and the pillar while also stepping far enough back to capture a small amount of the bush that was just behind us. This use of framing can be really helpful if you want to bring attention to your subject and hide elements from a scene that may take away from the overall image.

How and what did you focus on?

Because we shot this really wide, we didn’t have any problems with our focusing. We lined up our composition and moved our single point over our bride and ensured we had a sharp focus.


How did you use the light in your image?

During the time we had to photograph our bride, the sun was out and incredibly harsh and hot. We found this spot in the courtyard that created a small area of shade and chose to work there. Not only was the light much easier to work with, it was also a lot more comfortable for our bride to hang out there for some time without getting too warm.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L II





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How did you edit your image & what did you use?

Our main focus of this edit was to keep the colors a little on the warm side without affecting too much of the whites of the dress. We also, as always, want to have beautiful skin tones. We added an experimental preset and tweaked a whole bunch of settings like the HSL, tone curve and saturation/vibrances as well as the white balance. What really helped was to not use any color grading as we wanted the whites to stay as pure as possible. We also added in some grain, a few radial filters to enhance the direction of the light and also to create a very subtle vignette leading towards the bride.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic


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What challenges did you face?

The main challenge we had here was working within the short amount of time we had left for the portraits

How did you solve them?

Fortunately, our bride was super keen on simple poses and not going overboard with anything – so we took this to our advantage and had her stand still and only direct her slightly for a few different poses.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Try using natural elements to help with your framing. Sometimes shooting through something, or taking just a part of it can add a lot to the final image.

It’s always a good idea to start your sessions with something simple in terms of posing – just so everyone warms up to the camera and gets used to the idea of being in front of it.


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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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