Photographed by Melli & Shayne


Sometimes turning around and looking at what’s happening behind you opens the doors to capture a moment that is just perfect. That’s exactly what happened here with the girls. We were doing a “first look” between the bridesmaids and the bride (after she dressed) and while we of course captured our bride’s reaction to all her friends, we made sure that we spun around fast enough to photograph the bridesmaids as they saw first saw the bride.

It’s quite easy to only focus on your couple, but try your best to take a look around and focus on other people; especially the closest ones to the bride & groom.
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Center FramedLeading LinesMid Range

If you’re shooting through something, try include a part of it in the composition.


Single Point Focused on The bridesmaids face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightBrightWindow LightNatural LightIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/1600 f/2.2 ISO 500 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

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M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment Finland

Private Home

Helsinki, Finland

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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