Photographed by Melli & Shayne


When starting a pose, we learnt that it’s a great idea to get our couple into something simple first. A basic pose per se. Once we got them into this pose, we can then vary it up by suggesting things for them to do. Such as bringing their foreheads together, dancing slowly, spinning the bride gently etc… We find that not only does this base pose allow us to start creating a variation of shots, but it also helps the couple to warm up to us; as we never start shooting right up close to them.

We let them warm up, and get used to us and our cameras – and then slowly move in without being too invasive.
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CalmNaturalAlmost KissDancing

Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
We had our bride and groom face each other and really stand close. We even told them to press their bellies together. Then we asked our groom to hold his bride by her waist gently, and for her to hold onto him. From here, we went ahead and told them to bring their foreheads together and vary it up by asking the groom to kiss her gently, rub their noses and even whisper something into each others ear.
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“Hold each other close, so close that your bellys are touching. Gently put your hands on her waist and bring your foreheads together. Even kiss her gently and whisper something in her ear.”
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Center FramedLower ThirdsWideFull Body

We composed our couple in between the stairs and the door as to keep these elements a feature of the frame. We also wanted to show more of the textures of the old castle so we shot wide enough to capture it all. In portrait, we were able to only include the right amount of details as to know let our couple get lost amongst them.
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It’s very easy to forget about shooting in a different orientation. Try you hardest to shoot both landscape and portrait with each pose / set up that you create. It not only gives you a much more diverse range of shots, but will also help you to see where portrait works best and where landscape works best.


Single Point Focused on The Brides body Single Shot Autofocus
Our focusing was very straight forward. We placed our focus point over our couple and the camera had no issues with tracking and keeping them locked in.
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightCloudyShade

We had a very overcast sky which meant our light was very easy to work with. We also had our couple positioned quite near to these walls which were warm toned – this meant that any color casts from them would be close to the skin tones of our couple – making the editing much much easier.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/1000 f/1.2 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark III


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


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
There was no particular challenge with this shot.


Castle Germany

Wasserschloss Unsleben

Wasserschloss Unsleben, Schloßgasse, Unsleben

Final tips & Advice

When your couple are close up like this, it is a really awesome starting point for a lot of variations both in your directions and your framing. You can move close up, you can shoot further away and you can even focus in on details.

When you approach a location, it’s a good thing to look at all the features that would be included in your frame and decide whether they will actually compliment your photo or perhaps take away too much attention.

Try shoot this scene in different ways such as portrait and landscape. It’s always good to come back with a nice range to choose from.
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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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