Photographed by Melli & Shayne


Being prepared is aboslutely key to a lot of things in this industry. One surefire way of doing just that is location scouting; ideally a day or so before the wedding so you can really take your time to explore all what the location has to offer. In our case, we spent the afternoon the day before walking around the castle and planning our shots. We also happened to meet up with our couple there too which was so awesome; we broke the ice and the whole wedding ran even smoother! Location scouting shouldn’t ever be a chore, it should be exciting :)
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
Have your couple walk towards you and get your groom to throw in some jokes. Tell him that it’s his job right now to make his bride laugh, and smile and feel silly. While your bride is walking, ask her to hold her bouquet in her free hand and her other hand to hold her grooms.
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“Walk towards us you guys, and make her laugh! Throw in some jokes! Even naughty jokes! we can’t hear you! Thats a lie, we can hear everything!”
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Center FramedBroken RulesLeading LinesFull Body

While exploring the wedding location, we found this beautiful path that was outlined by these trees. Immediately we knew what sort of composition we’d be going for here. However, just to the right and left of this path is a golf course which didn’t quite fit in with the mood we were going for. By framing this image in a portrait orientation we were able to hide all those distracting elements while also creating leading lines with the help of the pathway.
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If there are distracting elements around the area you want to shoot, try framing so that you hide them. Even use a different lens.


Multi Point Focused on The Brides face Single Shot Autofocus
When our subjects walk, especially towards or away from us, it can be a bit tough on your camera to maintain that lock while you’re in the single point auto focus. Cameras these days have some pretty intelligent modes that can attempt to track your subjects (just like in sports) so make sure you’re familiar with those modes before you go and shoot. They could mean the difference between beautifully sharp & focussed images or missed shots.
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightCloudyShade

We had a relatively clear sky in the mid to late afternoon which meant the light was not exactly the easiest to work with. We found this path that had these neutral colored stones which worked so well to our benefit. The light bounces off of them filling in the shadows quite a bit while also not creating too strong of color cast.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/500 f/2.2 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


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

Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
The biggest challenge we faced here was hiding the golf course on either side of the path. We couldn’t venture too far down the path nor could we shoot this in landscape orientations. This, along with the sun being quite high in sky still meant that we confined ourselves to this area on these neutral colored stones.


Road Italy

Schloss Freudenstein

Str. Masaccio, 39057 Appiano sulla strada del vino BZ, Italy

Final tips & Advice

Some castles are not open to the public, and reaching out to the owners via their website is always worth a shot. Especially if you’re planning to shoot something there and would be willing to let them use your images to help market their venue.
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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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