Photographed by Melli & Shayne


Whenever we start a shoot, we like to allow our couples some space to warm up. That normally involves starting with some basic walking shots where they are a little bit of a distance away from us. Just so they get used to the whole “Camera pointing at us” feeling. And for this shoot, we dived right in with the portraits. Why? Well, this was the 3rd day of shooting our couple and we already had such an amazing connection. Especially after their epic wedding the day before (and epic is no joke – fireworks during the first kiss? 5 different bands? Thousand string lights? All in Sicily?? Yup).

But I digress. We got to this spot which we found simply by looking on Google Maps for their After wedding shoot and as we got there, we saw just how awesome the light was starting to become. We asked our bride if she was keen to start with some simple bridal portraits just to get the ball rolling and she totally jumped on it. As the sun was a little too high for us to move towards the cliffs & coastline, we chose to stick around just here in the fields and do some pretty neat backlit shots.
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“Alrighty [Bride], let’s have you walk up and down here and while you’re walking, I want you to play with your dress. Hold it up and let it catch some wind, let it swing side to side and all the while, try and look down towards it. You can look in either direction but just try not to look into our camera unless we ask you to.”
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Center FramedMiddle ThirdsMid Range


Single Point Focused on The Dress Live View Continuous
Light & Weather

Harsh LightBack litNatural LightSunnyAfternoon

Equipment & EXIF

1/4000 f/1.8 ISO 200 WB Auto


Canon 5D mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic The Protea Presets

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The Protea Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Garden / Field Italy

Oasi Gelsomineto

96012 Avola, Province of Syracuse, Italy

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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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