Photographed by Melli & Shayne


During the winter, we wanted to push ourselves out of our comfort zone and try something a bit different to what we were used to. We had seen all these really beautiful intimate homeshoots and thought it’d be a great idea to try something like that ourselves. I mean, why not?

We asked this couple and they were super keen to hang out with us and try things out. We made sure that they knew that this was an “experimentation” and that there could only be handful of deliverable images – and they were totally cool about it.

I think what’s key when trying something new with a couple is to always manage expectations. Once that’s been set, the field is open.
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CalmHolding Each otherIntimateNatural

“”Let’s have you lean your head back onto his shoulder, and close your eyes. Listen to the music, we’re not even here, and just embrace this peace between each other. This calmness.””
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Broken RulesClose UpIntimate FramingOff CenterTop Down

When shooting top down, it is significantly easier if you have a camera that has an articulating screen which you can flip out and aim so it’s easier for you to see your composition. Otherwise, you may end up climbing on top of the couple (breaking the vibe) or just blindly shooting from above.


Single Point Focused on her eyes Live View Continuous
Light & Weather

Soft LightDirectional LightDarkMoodyWindow LightNatural LightEveningIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/640 f/1.2 ISO 4000 WB Auto


Canon R5


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

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Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment Germany

Private Home

Fürth, Germany

Final tips & Advice

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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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