Photographed by Melli & Shayne


When we took our couple out to the couple shoot, we completely underestimated just how cold it would get. Throughout the day the weather was pretty great; sunny, warm, and a light breeze. But that evening, it absolutely lost some degrees.

Throughout the couple shoot, our couple was great. But we could notice that the temperatures were starting to get to our bride; and since giving everyone the best experience possible is one of our core values, we stepped in and checked on her.

We decided to head back towards the party and said that we’d take some shots along the way so that they could get back to the warmth sooner than later. It was at that moment, our groom put his jacket over his bride’s shoulders and offered her warmth. Snap snap baby. Always be ready.
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Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedFull Body

At this moment, we had our 50mm on our camera and we weren’t too far ahead of our couple – so the composition ended up being tight. This works great because it gives full emphasis to our couple and the sweet moment that they shared.
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When going for a full body shot, try and teach your eyes to scan the entire frame to make sure you aren’t cutting off any limbs or body parts.


Single Point Focused on The Brides Face Single Shot Autofocus
Since we were walking and wanted to get our angle just right, we quickly switched to live view and composed, focused, and took the picture all in a sequence. We matched the speed of our couple so that we could avoid them falling out of focus if our distances became too great.
Light & Weather

Soft LightBack litRim LightNatural LightSunset

When walking back, the sun just so happened to be just behind our couple and to the left, slightly above the horizon. Because it was behind our couple, it naturally lit them from behind allowing us to have soft, smooth shade in their faces (great for skin tones) and it also created an awesome rim light which helps to separate our couple from the background.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/200 f/2.2 ISO 800 WB Shade


Canon 5D mark IV


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
The challenge here was actually seeing how the cold was getting to our bride. sometimes your couple will try their hardest just to push through something but in the end, they may not be having fun.


Wedding / Event Venue Germany

Gut Dietersberg

Gut Dietersberg, Dietersberg 1, 92539 Schönsee

Final tips & Advice

Sometimes we can look at the work of other photographers and marvel at their skills, and be in wonder as to how they managed to get a certain shot or capture a certain moment. While a lot of it comes down to skill, to experience, to foresight – luck plays a huge, huge role. There’s nothing wrong with being lucky, in fact, it happens to all of us. Beginner and pro. It can also “not happen”. We all go through it. What you can do is just be as prepared & as ready as possible.

Finally, your couple doesn’t only want to have awesome pictures from you, but they want to have fun. They want to remember that moment out with you together and speak about how great it was. Do everything in your power to make that happen. That’s a whole topic in and of itself but trust us, experience matters 100%.
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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.

Designed with love by Katharina + Katharina & Shayne Thomas. Background image by Adrián Vilanova

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