Photographed by Melli & Shayne


One of the coolest things about being a wedding photographer is the fact that you get to meet some incredible people. Our couple was a prime example of that. We had met them for a couple shoot at least two years before their wedding and it was like we had always been close friends.

We stayed in touch between that first couple shoot and their wedding and even met up a few times for dinners & hangouts. When it came to their wedding, it was like we were with old friends and everything between us just went as smoothly as it could.

They got married in an awesome little tipi tent in the middle of a forest with their closest friends and family, and being a part of this and seeing these two marry definitely reminded us of just how lucky we are to be doing this for a living.
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CalmHand movementsIntimate

“Bring your hand up and gently caress her cheek, and while doing that really get in close and nuzzle into her. Love her. Show her you love her. And completely forget about us – just be with each other and in this moment alone. Nothing matters but this right now.”
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If you ever want the image to feel more intimate, try to fill more of the frame with your couple, even as far as cutting off parts of them.


Single Point Focused on The Grooms hands Live View Single Shot
Light & Weather

Soft LightDarkMoodyStormySunsetGolden Hour

Equipment & EXIF

1/500 f/2 ISO 1250 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark III


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


Forest Germany

Faber-Castell Waldhütte

Faber-Castell Waldhütte Faberhof 1, 90596 Schwanstetten

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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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