Photographed by Melli & Shayne


Has it ever happened to you where a moment forms between your couple, completely out of the blue and was better than you could have possibly asked them to do? Well, that was legit the case here. Shortly after the couple shared one of the most beautiful first kisses we had ever seen, and the guests had already started to leave the Church to line up outside for their exit, our couple stood there – and just stared in disbelief and awe at what had just happened.

There was absolutely no influence from us in this image. The couple, obviously with a connection so incredibly strong, simply took this brief moment of peace just ‘be’ with each other. We saw this happen, moved into position, and took a huge series of images. Fortunately, they took their time here – so we were able to capture all sorts of shots from this moment. It’s a moment we won’t forget; it was just that moving for us.
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Center FramedLeading LinesWideFull Body

We chose to share this composition because we felt that it ticked off all the boxes in what we wanted. Not too much of the whole scene for our couple & their moment to get lost, wide enough to have them full-body, but close up enough to see the Brides stunning smile. As their chairs were situated on either side of them, although moved out of symmetry, we chose Portrait for this composition. We didn’t want to run up and disturb them by moving things so this was our go-to solution.
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When in doubt, shoot as much as you can. Shoot wide, shoot close, shoot portrait, shoot landscape- do it all so that you have plenty of choices later on when you get to editing to really find that best shot.


Single Point Focused on The couple Live View Single Shot
Since we were shooting a few meters away, where we actually focused on our couple wasn’t too important since the focal length of the 50mm becomes more forgiving the further away you are from your subjects. In this case, we shot with the live view as it generally allows us to see our compositions much faster and we are quite a bit more flexible with how we can position our camera (especially when we want to be fast).
Light & Weather

Soft LightIndoorCandles

As this was taken inside a church, the light was actually super, super beautiful to work with. There were quite a few big windows quite high up which filled the room with enough soft light to make exposing this image easy. We of course had no control over how or where our couple stood in relation to the light, and so we didn’t need to pay much attention to it.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/1000 f/2.5 ISO 1250 WB Auto


Canon 5D mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

Software used:


This was definitely one of the easier shots to edit as the light inside the church was beautiful. As it is almost all the time. We used our Protea presets, adjusted the exposure and contrasts to balance the image, and then went in and added in a few radial adjustments to create a manual vignette, as well as paint a very gentle beam of light coming down from the top left, as that’s where the light was softly coming from. Finally, we topped it all off with our grain preset to add a bit of texture to the whole image.
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This image was edited with

Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
What’s challenging in moments like this is to not disturb the couple. There already was a bit of noise from the guests leaving the room, but we needed to be extra careful to not ‘pull them out of it’.


Church Germany

Lutherische Pfarrkirche St. Marien

Lutherische Pfarrkirche St. Marien Marburg Lutherischer Kirchhof 1, 35037 Marburg

Final tips & Advice

One piece of advice we love to give our couples who want to have an exit from a Church ceremony is to let the guests go outside first (weather permitting) as it’s a great place to have them exit through the doors to be welcomed by the cheering guests. It also allows a bunch more space for everyone to move around. But another benefit to this is that it allows your couple a moment together in peace before the craziness of the party begins.

Take advantage of this moment with your couple, and if you find that they are not sure what to do with themselves when they are alone – then by all means step in and suggest a few poses/moments for them. Otherwise, let them be them and try not to interfere too much.
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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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