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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“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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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
Light & Weather

Harsh LightBack litRim LightNatural LightSunset

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

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M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Beach / Coastal Portugal

Praia Da Adraga

PRAIA DA ADRAGA, Sintra, Portugal

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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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