Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

Sometimes you can find yourself being stuck in a creative block and coming back with images that you’ve seen over and over again. It happens to all of us and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. But what do you do to get out of it? How do you come back with something different?

Well, the short answer is to just try. Try something new when you’re out shooting. Be brave and take your inspiration from work you’ve seen elsewhere and do you hardest to make it look really really cool. But there is one very important key here – make sure you absolutely have your safe shots.

Don’t go into a shoot and try something you’ve never done before without having your “safe” ones to deliver, that is a massive, unnecessary risk and one that should be avoided at all costs.

However, once you know you have some banging shots in your bag, and you have a bit of extra time – then go for it! Use those last few minutes to try out something different and pay attention to what is working, why it’s working or why it isn’t – so that even if you come back with nothing to show from that creative part – you have at least learnt something.

For this bridal portrait, we wanted to have her in the shadow. We waited for her turn when she spun and took the shot just as she was out of the light. We wanted that “mysterious” shot.
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Directions

EnergeticPlayfulMovement

Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
We asked our bride to spin around in a circle while “throwing” her veil slightly so it lifted off the ground. We also asked her to lead with her head so that she was looking where she was turning, as well as to hold her bouquet in a very relaxed, down-low form.
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“Spin around in a circle while lifting up your veil; and also turn your head to your shoulder. Basically, look where you’re going to turn before you turn”
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Composition

Center FramedFull BodyNatural Frames

This spot in the room was the only area where we had the window light and we just so happened to have this door in the background. We decided to frame her within the door so that the lines boxed her and directs the viewers eyes straight to our bride.
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Sometimes your choices are limited due to the light available (if you’re working with natural light). The best you can do is to make sure the area you want to do the portraits is clean from belongings and messy left overs, and to try and find a composition that works well with the situation.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Brides hair Single Shot Autofocus
We focused on our bride and took a few test shots just before she started spinning. Once we knew we could get a solid lock, we refocused on her and held down the shutter in burst mode as she spun around joyfully. Because she didn’t change distance from us – we didn’t have an issue with losing focus.
Light & Weather

Harsh LightDirectional LightMoodyWindow LightNatural LightIndoor

As the room was pretty dark, we wanted to find a spot by the window that wasn’t too harsh. We had our bride stand just next to the window with about 1.5 meters gap between her and the glass. This meant that the light falling on her wasn’t too harsh, but also not too soft. Our goal was to definitely have a play with the highlights and shadows.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/2000 f/1.2 ISO 250 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

Software used:

 

The edits are made to be warmer with a big focus on skin tones and light play with shadows and highlights. A few minor local adjustments were made (Gradient and Brush) as well as finishing off with a fine layer of grain. The whites are not blown out nor are the blacks 100% crunched.
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This image was edited with

M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
One challenge we faced here was the room being quite small and cramped, especially with quite a lot of people using it to get ready and having most of their belongings taking up every corner of the room.

Location

Wedding / Event Venue United Kingdom

Shustoke Barn

Shustoke Barn Shustoke Barn, Coleshill Road, Shustoke, Coleshill B46 2BL, United Kingdom

Final tips & Advice

When going for creative shots, make sure you have some safe ones to deliver just in case things don’t go to plan. Rather be safe than sorry.

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to change up your bridal sessions, have a look at other photographers work and even different genre’s of photography. Think of Fashion, portrait and even street photography and pay attention to how those photographers use light, use composition and use their subjects.
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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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Everyone fails. It’s how you take it that will separate you from the rest. Failure is a lesson. And knowledge is a win.

Designed with love by Katharina + Katharina & Shayne Thomas. Background image by Adrián Vilanova

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