Photographed by Melli & Shayne


When we were chatting to our couple, one of the things they really wanted was to have their first lookout on the pier with the skyline of New York in the background. It was a gorgeous spot and a priceless view. However, the first look happened during the midday sun and there were literally 0 clouds.

So, after taking a few shots out in the sun and doing the best we could in tough light, we moved further back and found a spot that was shaded (cast from the buildings) to have our couple stand-in for a few more shots. We wanted a very simple, classic shot. It’s something we always do before we go into the normal couple shoot stuff. We find there’s just something so cool about the old, classic shots if done right.
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PosedSeriousLooking into the cameraStanding apart

“Okay guys, stand facing us, hold hands and [groom] keep your hand in your pocket and [Bride], hold your flowers down low – nice and relaxed. There you go, right on! Look here, where’s that gorgeous smile from you guys! There it is!”
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Center FramedMiddle ThirdsFull Body

Look for leading lines in your composition as they are an incredibly powerful element to guide your viewer to your subject.


Single Point Focused on Their bodies Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Harsh LightNatural LightNoonShade

Equipment & EXIF

1/3200 f/2 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

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Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


City United States

North 5th Street Pier and Park

North 5th Street Pier and Park

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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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