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This wedding was styled by an incredibly talented wedding stylist; someone who we had always wanted to work together with on a real wedding and we were over the moon to hear that our couple had booker her to do all the details & styling.

On the day, we made sure to go and introduce ourselves and get to know each other before the start of our coverage. We started photographing little details as they were setting up and doing some “BTS shots” which we later gave them for their own use.

When it came time to photograph the dinner setup – we made sure to get as many beautiful detail shots that we could to not only have for our couple but so we could share them with the vendors and hopefully have them share it too.

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How did you compose your image?

Our main point of interest was the table runner which reached all the way to the ground. We emphasized this by keeping it completely in the frame, and shooting at an angle that allowed the table runner to travel through the image from each side. We also crouched slightly so we could include a bit of the candles & distant setting too.

How and what did you focus on?

Since our focus was on the table runner, we moved our single point autofocus over it and let it lock on before firing. The light was a little dim but nothing the camera couldn’t focus in; and since the table wasn’t moving (and we were as still as possible) we didn’t have to rush with it.

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How did you use the light in your image?

The main light source was coming just out of the frame and to the left – which was a barn door that was slightly closed to darken the room just enough to let the candles have a bit more ambiance. The candles, while not responsible for lighting the actual table too much, were a great addition to add a bit of romance to the shot.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/160

Aperture

f/2

ISO

250

White Balance

Auto

How did you edit your image & what did you use?

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.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

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What challenges did you face?

The main challenge was finding a composition the balanced the overall image. We found that it could be a bit tricky to get just the way we wanted it. Since there were so many details, it was challenging to find a composition that wasn’t overwhelmed with points of interest.

How did you solve them?

We switched our camera to live view for a moment to help find a composition. We moved the camera away from our eye and handheld it while positioning it in varying angles. By doing this, we saw much easier what the final image would look like and could then find the one that works and shoot it from there.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

When shooting the dinner set up where there are candles, try and get the stylist to turn on the candles. They look so beautiful in the image and really add a lot of life to it.

As much as you should be doing your absolute best for your couple all the time, if there happens to be a vendor that you admire working on the same wedding, go that extra mile and take some pictures that you know they will like and would likely use. It’s a bonus if they share it on their social media, but the real score is building up a relationship with them.

MELLI and SHAYNE

Shooting since

2014

Current Home

Germany

Website

Instagram

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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