Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

One of the best ways to get your name out there to other potential brides is to have vendors share your work. Whether it is florists, hair stylist, venues and even the dress maker. If you happen to have some killer shots of their work, they are more than likely going to share it on their social media with a link to you.

In this case, we wanted to emphasis the details of our brides dress as well as her hair styling. This image is not only beautiful for our couple to have, but it was also one of our most shared photos by the vendors.

Needless to say, that even with a simple close up detail photo like this one – we got a lot more exposure and through this and easily reached more brides.

Whether you are doing the bridal portraits or during the couple shoot, try focus in on the details of your bride and groom. They make for stunning images and can really be something beautiful for your couple.
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Directions

CalmHolding Each otherIntimate

Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
We had our couple get really close to each other with our bride having her hand up to caress her grooms cheek. We asked them to just “love” each other here, and to completely go with the flow. Even forgetting about us. One quick tip we also did was have our bride turn her head slightly so we could capture a bit of her side profile.
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“Hold each other close and bring your hands up to his cheek. Caress him gently and really show him you love him. Turn your head slightly to your left side and just forget about us. “
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Composition

Center FramedClose UpIntimate Framing

Framing this shot was a key factor in making it a compelling detail shot. We filled the frame mostly with our bride’s dress details but also made sure to keep her hair styling and details in frame too. We wanted the focus to be on the details first, and then to our couple and what they were doing.
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When going for details, try fill the frame with your bride and don’t worry about cutting parts of their bodies off. The whole point of this framing is to bring attention to the details

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Brides shoulder Single Shot Autofocus
We focused on the beautiful lace details of the dress so that we could bring emphasis to them as the key feature of the image. As we had the dress details and the hair styling on relatively the same focal plain, this also helped keep both sets of details in focus .
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightCloudy

We took our couple out around sunset so that we could work with really flattering light. The weather wasn’t particulaly clear, nor was it too cloudy. It helped that we were in an area that was surrounded by neutral colors which the light could bounce off of, and being somewhat shaded by the one or two clouds in the sky meant we had really easy light to work with.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/800 f/2.2 ISO 200 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
This was a fairly straight forward shot and we didn’t actually have any major challenges.

Location

Garden / Field Germany

ConneKT Technology Park

ConneKT 1, 97318 Kitzingen, Germany

Final tips & Advice

Never forget that your main role as the wedding photographer is to create incredible images for your couple first. They are the most important people and the ones you should always be aiming to impress. However, if you think you can create a kick ass detail shot that vendors would be able to share, absolutely go for it.

Try different details while your couple are in their pose. Think of the dress, the hair, the jewellery, the make up, the flowers, the hands, the lips and even the eyes. All of these are details and can really compliment your photo story by adding depth to the series.
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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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