Photographed by Melli & Shayne


For this bridal shot, we wanted to create a strong pose. One that would show confidence amongst such towering and dominant environmental features like the mountains, the stormy clouds and the firey sunset. While our bride in this image was a professional model, and we want to be as transparent about it as possible, we believe wholeheartedly that the tips that we talk about here can work (and have worked) with non-model girls too.
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CalmNaturalSimpleLooking into the camera

“Face the light and hold your flowers down low. Now look over your shoulder into my camera and raise your shoulder slightly”
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Rule of ThirdsWideFull BodyOff Center

When shooting wide portraits, try experiment with how wide you actually go. Sometimes having your bride too small in the frame isn’t as powerful as having her a bit closer up.


Single Point Focused on The Brides Face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Directional LightMoodyNatural LightCloudySunset

Equipment & EXIF

1/1000 f/2.0 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

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Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Mountains South Africa

Signal Hill

Signal Hill, Cape Town, South Africa

Final tips & Advice

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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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