Photographed by Melli & Shayne


Ceremony exits are always something special to capture; not only for your couple but for you as the photographer. Some of the best moments happen as your couple celebrate their exit from the ceremony and it’s those shots that really capture the essence of their happiness together.

From time to time, you may have an exit which goes by pretty fast and while the music still plays and the guests are still looking onwards to your couple, in those moments you could take advantage of having your couple walk through again.

Of course, just keep an eye on the situation and if everything seems like it will flow naturally, then go ahead and ask your couple to walk through one more time.

This also means you have a second chance to nail the exit and double your photos so you could really grab that frame that is just incredible.

If on the contrary your couple has exited and the guests have started to follow behind them – then just move on and let the moment progress as it would naturally.
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“Woohoo! Well done guys! Walk through again! Go on, the music is still playing! have fun!”
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Center FramedLeading LinesMid RangeNatural Frames

For this “second” exit, we really wanted to make sure we got up close to our couple and framed them so we could bring the attention to their happiness and joy. We crouched slightly so we could get the sticks with the ribbon in the frame as well as our couple’s reactions. We had to be careful to not crouch too low otherwise we would have probably shot up their noses (which isn’t very nice ;) ).
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Try vary your height when composing. Sometimes going lower down or raising your camera can create a very different image, even though the change was very slight.


Single Point Focused on The Brides face Single Shot Autofocus
Just out of habit and pure muscle memory, we use single point auto focus and not any of the smart-focusing modes that would “track” our couple simply because we have had really good success with this method. There is always the risk that something comes in front of your focus point which would trick the “tracking” mode to focus on that instead of your subjects.
Light & Weather

Soft LightBrightNatural LightCloudyShade

We were fortunate enough to have had an overcast sky during the ceremony which meant that the light we were shooting in was really easy to work with. It was soft, even and didn’t cast any strong shadows or highlights. This also meant we didn’t need to worry about where the sun was in the sky.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/400 f/2.2 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark III


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


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
Walking backward while trying to shoot a couple during their exit isn’t always easy. You have to be mindful not only of potential hards for you to trip over but of guests who tend to creep in behind you to get the same shot.


Castle Germany

Wasserschloss Unsleben

Wasserschloss Unsleben, Schloßgasse, Unsleben

Final tips & Advice

If the situation allows it and your couple have gone through the exit pretty fast, don’t hesitate to motivate them to walk through again. It’s a super fun thing for your couple to do and the guests will love the opportunity to cheer them on once more.

Just make sure that it will work naturally. If your couple and the guests have already moved on from the exit, let it be and just go on with the rest of the day :)
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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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