Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

It’s not often that a pair of feet would make it to our gallery but even if this image won’t win any awards, what it will do is tell a story. It’s important to not forget the details; and it’s something we took a long time to finally realize. We only ever focused on the couple, what they were doing, close-ups of them kissing, wide shots showing the landscape – but when putting together a blog, we really felt that something was missing and the story was very… dry.

That’s where details came in. It can be simple little things like their feet on the wet sand of the beach, it could be a close up of their hands, just their lips, the eyes – those sort of details. They help to tell a story and can act as a transition piece if need be. That’s why we took these photos of our couple here – we wanted to be able to show the viewers more than just a couple in love. We wanted to show what it felt like to have your bare feet in the sand on a Portuguese beach at sunset with the person you love most.
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Directions

CalmNaturalWalking

For these shots, we often don’t give too complex directions as it’s best taken when as natural as possible. In this case, we were simply moving from point A to point B, and we just asked our couple to walk together as they would.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“Let’s move to our next spot over there. When we’re walking, we’re going to be taking pictures and moving around you so don’t mind us. Just walk as you would and if you ever feel like it, you can move up closer and do what you do”
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Composition

Center FramedMiddle ThirdsMid Range

Composing this shot was quite important because there are a few elements that needed to work quite right. We aligned ourselves so that both our bride and groom fell on an equal column of the image, but also their shadows. The shadow helped to create a straight line from the bottom to the top of the image which basically split it into 3 parts – symmetry.
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If you have a capable camera, try switch to live view to help frame your shots. It’s much easier to see the final result than looking through the viewfinder. It also allows you to move your camera to angles that otherwise wouldn’t be so easy if you had to stick your eye to the camera.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Brides feet Single Shot Autofocus
Focusing on this was pretty simple as we had switched to our live view to help us better see the composition. We moved the focus box over the feet of our bride as we wanted her and her dress to definitely be in focus. We weren’t too concerned about the groom falling out of focus too much.
Light & Weather

Back litRim LightSunset

This was taken during the most “golden” part of the sunset which was happening just behind them over the ocean. We purposely positioned ourselves to have our couple between us and the sun so we could capture the golden tones on the beach as well as the strong shadows cast by the couple.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/1000 f/2.8 ISO 100 WB Shade

Camera

Canon 5D mark IV

Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

Software used:

 

Editing this shot was very straight forward – we simply added our Protea preset as a base and adjusted the white balance to get the warmth just right. We then tweaked the usual exposure & contrast settings to balance the image and finally we added a slight radial filter to the top to enhance the glow of the sun.
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This image was edited with

Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
The hardest part with this shot was finding the angle that looked pretty good. It was pretty easy to miss since we were all moving. It was challenging to know whether we should shoot more tilted down, more level, more from the left, or more from the right.

Location

Beach / Coastal Portugal

Praia Da Adraga

PRAIA DA ADRAGA, Sintra, Portugal

Final tips & Advice

Capturing details of a shoot isn’t only about necklaces, rings, and makeup – it’s moments. It’s little gestures. It’s movement. When photographing your couple, take a few steps back and really look at what’s happening and find these little “things”. They can make a blog post/story look and feel so much deeper, and so much more “driven”.

Shots like this work best when you couple isn’t “trying” to do something. It very quickly becomes obvious when someone is “trying to walk” a certain way – and so the best bit of advice is to not overthink it and don’t over direct the couple. Simple things like “Let’s walk from here to there, and just be yourselves, don’t mind us, etc…” can really help.
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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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