Photographed by Melli & Shayne


Our couple got married in the always-stunning Portugal and wanted to take advantage of all the beauty the country had to offer. Instead of spending a chunk of time away from their guests on their wedding the day before, they were totally open to the idea of doing an after wedding shoot.

To us, that was like winning the jackpot. We got to location scout a kickass beach, find the right time & place to take them, and then photograph until the sun had literally disappeared without feeling stressed that we had to get them back somewhere on time.

We always try and pitch the idea of an after wedding shoot to most of our couples – especially those having a destination wedding since it opens up a lot more chances for awesome pictures & a more relaxed timeline for their wedding. It’s not even about the sale so much. It’s just such a wonderful thing to do when you’re in control of the important things such as the location & time.
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We asked our couple to hold hands and run towards the water, to stop just by the edge and run away from the shore break. Just like kids would.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“Remember as kids when you used to chase the water & run away from it as it came back? Yeah? That’s exactly what I want you guys to do! Holds and go get that water! Go! And don’t let it catch either of you!”
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Center FramedHorizon LineWideFull Body

Since this was a pretty chaotic shot to photograph as we were running with our couple, we found it easiest to keep them in the center of the frame as much as possible. The fact that the scenery was also pretty minimal in its elements (beach, water, little island & the sun), we felt it made more sense to have our couple be the leading role in this composition.
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Every shot doesn’t have to have the most creative, groundbreaking composition. Sometimes it’s more important to capture a moment than to get something like the composition absolutely spot on.


Single Point Focused on The couple Live View Continuous
Focusing when running can definitely be tricky at times. For this shot, we switched to live view and set our camera to “AI-Servo”, which is our camera’s focus tracking mode. We did this because there wasn’t a lot of elements in the frame that the camera could get fooled into focusing on.
Light & Weather

Harsh LightBack litRim LightNatural LightSunset

Since the sun was setting over the ocean, we had to keep the fact that we’d be backlighting them for this shot in mind. We didn’t want to blow out the sky since we wanted to keep the warmth of the sun present in the image. We underexposed enough to keep the details visible as much as possible so we could have a bit more flexibility when editing later on.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/1000 f/2 ISO 100 WB Shade


Canon 5D mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


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
The hardest part of this was keeping up with our couple and making sure we weren’t running too chaotically to get decent images.


Beach / Coastal Portugal

Praia Da Adraga

PRAIA DA ADRAGA, Sintra, Portugal

Final tips & Advice

After wedding shoots are one of our personal favorite things to shoot; so much so that we put a lot of effort into marketing them and pitching them to our clients. Of course, not every couple is open to the idea but it’s always worth a shot.

If you do manage to land an after wedding shoot, make sure you take full advantage of it and put in the work to find the locations, the best times, the best spots, and everything else that will make you come back home with kickass shots.
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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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Everyone fails. It’s how you take it that will separate you from the rest. Failure is a lesson. And knowledge is a win.

Designed with love by Katharina + Katharina & Shayne Thomas. Background image by Adrián Vilanova

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