Photographed by Melli & Shayne


Often times during the couple shoot, the first few minutes/moments are the trickiest with the couple. It’s the “warm-up” phase and it’s totally normal. The couple is getting used to the way we work, being in front of the camera, and well, finally enjoying these first quiet moments together. It’s understandably a bit weird in the beginning (for them).

So when we start our shoots, mentally we are already prepared that the first few shots may not always make it to the final gallery. We’ve just become accustomed to this, but what does happen near the end is just… magical. By the end of the shoot, our couple is nicely warmed up, romanced, and comfortable with each other. That’s when we take photos like this.

These close, intimate, soft, gentle-moving images a vast in their own way and meaning. We’ve built up trust with our couple and they’ve forgotten that awkwardness of being photographed – and instead, they’re focused on each other and the moments and we are but ‘music’ in the background.
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CalmIntimateAlmost Kiss

“Stand up close together you guys, and I want you to take this moment and as gently as you can, embrace. Show each other that you love each other. Quietly. Softly. Lovingly. Don’t stop, and as best as you can block everything around you out of your minds and just be present with each other. “
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Center FramedClose UpSquare CropIntimate Framing

No body said you had to keep your crops to the 4:3, 3:2, etc… ratios. Be brave. Do what you genuinely like and even if it’s unconventional, it’s your work and vision. So be brave. Try new things. Just go for it.


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

Soft LightBack litNatural LightSunsetShade

Equipment & EXIF

1/400 f/2 ISO 1600 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark III


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

This image was edited with

Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Garden / Field Germany

ConneKT Technology Park

ConneKT 1 ConneKT 1, 97318 Kitzingen, Germany

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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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