Photographed by Melli & Shayne


It has become a natural thing for us to capture the walks from A to B with our couple. Especially in these situations, we’ll often end up getting the most authentic images. This moment happened organically as we were making our way back to the Masseria and as we were walking and had a couple of safe shots, we asked the bride to play a bit with her dress. This is a hit or miss as it can also kind of spoil the unposed moment but in this particular case, it worked like a charm as the bride felt so wonderfully comfortable in her dress, which was tailor-made for her. We kept snapping away without any further directions and were super happy with the results featuring this romantic moment amongst those ancient olive trees.
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CalmHolding HandsNaturalWalking

Since we had just finished with the couple shoots, we asked our couple to walk ahead of us and to head back towards the party. While they walked, we let them know that we’d still be taking pictures around them and may throw in a few last little things as we come up with them.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“Alrighty guys, let’s head back. Walk ahead of us as we’ll keep shooting around you. When you walk, [Bride], hold your dress up with your one hand to help get through the field. Don’t worry about us, we’ll be moving around you.”
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Center FramedBroken RulesFull Body

As we were moving around our couple, we wanted to find a spot where we could include part of the olive trees in the frame. Since we wanted to keep our couple completely in the shot as well as having enough space around them to show where they were, we let them get ahead of us just far enough for us to get our composition.
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Switching to live view can really help you with seeing the composition and how you can improve it


Single Point Focused on On the bride Single Shot Autofocus
When the light & moment are right, we often like to switch to live view as it helps us better understand the composition we are getting while also being more flexible in how we can adjust our angles. The focus in our live view was set to the middle square of the frame which was easy enough to track over our couple.
Light & Weather

Soft LightDirectional LightSunsetAfternoon

By this point, the sun had already set well below the buildings surrounding the olive tree farm which meant we had quite a bit of time with soft, warm light. On the way back, we planned to have them walk in such a way that the light was hitting them from the side so we could create an image that had a play between highlights & shadows; which adds dimensions to everything in the image making it a bit more striking.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/320 f/2 ISO 100 WB Shade


Canon 5D mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

Software used:


We applied our Protea Preset to the image and adjusted our exposure, white balance, and contrast settings to get the tone and feel we were after. We then added in a few radial adjustment filters to enhance the light as well as bring a bit more attention to our couple by darkening the edges.
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This image was edited with

Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
Since we were already on our way back, our couple were focused on getting back to the party (and for good reason and to total expectation). This did mean that we were a bit limited in what we could ask from them at this point. We didn’t want to keep stopping them along the way and become annoying.


Wedding / Event Venue Italy

Masseria San Nicola

Strada Provinciale, SP3, 72015 Fasano BR, Italy

Final tips & Advice

It’s been said over and over again, but don’t stop shooting. Even when you’re done with the couple shoot and your couple are heading back to the party – keep shooting. You can capture such awesome moments and even if nothing spectacular happens; it’s a logical transition in the storytelling when you deliver the images.

When letting your couple walk ahead of you, keep moving around them, and find different angles. You’ll soon start to see compositions and moments before they happen and can get yourself into a position to let it happen organically.
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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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