Photographed by Melli & Shayne


Have you ever felt a sudden burst of inspiration that just all of a sudden hits you right in the face? Well, this shot was the result of that. We were nearly done with our shoot as the light was 99.9% done, and the only real light source we had left was the 2 candles in the lanterns.

It was at this moment that we were about to say “Congratulations you guys! We’re done! Let’s go get warm, fed & drunk!” But we didn’t. We say this very image in our mind; where our groom held the light up close to them and leaned in to cuddle while our bride would look out or look at the light. We had no idea at the time if it’d even work or if it would have been worth it, but we did it anyway.

After getting a few shots of this, and then going through the whole editing process a few days later, this very shot was one of the hardest to edit. It was so challenging that we almost discarded it because we felt that it just wasn’t worth it. But, we took a break. We revisited it later and tried editing it again with new eyes, and we figured it out! We found a way to get it to how we wanted it to be!

Sometimes it’s all about taking a little break.
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““[Groom], hold the lantern up high so it can light both your faces and really get close to her. Now, turn and lean with your forehead against her temple and close your eyes, take a breath, and just enjoy her right now. [Bride], you can look out towards the candle, completely relaxed and enjoying [Groom]’s cuddles””
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Center FramedBroken RulesMid Range


Single Point Focused on The Groom’s face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Artificial LightDirectional LightDarkBlue Hour

Equipment & EXIF

1/640 f/1.4 ISO 2000 WB Auto


Canon 5D mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

This image was edited with

Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Beach / Coastal Germany

Sankt Peter-Ording

Sankt Peter-Ording, Germany

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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.

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