Photographed by Melli & Shayne


Ever since we started this whole How I Shot This project, we’ve found ourselves being so incredibly inspired by all the work that gets submitted here. So much so that we pushed ourselves to try something new at this wedding.

The couple was getting ready at the same hotel and during this time, the sky was clear and the sun was out in full force. This created the usual harsh and generally unpleasant lighting that we often run away from. However, when we arrived at the hotel, we noticed the shape of the light & shadow created by the building and immediately thought about trying a shot here and embracing harsh light.

When it came time to do the portraits, we had our bride stand in the sunlight and we gave it a shot. We knew just off to the side in the shade was going to be perfect & easy to work with light so we didn’t hesitate to try something new and different.

Finally, when it came to the ‘pose’ we had our bride in, we really wanted to have her calm and simple; eyes closed, and to have her almost ‘absorb’ the sunlight as it hits her. This was important as the goal of the image was meant to show peace and tranquility in this spot of light amongst the darkness of the shadows.
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“”[Bride], let’s have you stand here and turn ever so slightly towards the sun! Awesome! Close your eyes, and turn just your head even more towards the sun and I want you to really “feel” the sunshine. Enjoy it. And take a deep breath””
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Broken RulesLeading LinesMinimalisticWideFull Body


Single Point Focused on The Bride’s eyes Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Harsh LightFront LitDirectional LightDarkMoodyNatural LightSunnyNoon

Equipment & EXIF

1/8000 f/2 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon R5


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


Adobe Lightroom Classic The Protea Presets

This image was edited with

The Protea Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Courtyard Germany

Gasthaus zur Sonne

Gasthaus zur Sonne, Hauptstraße 18, 97334 Nordheim

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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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