Photographed by Melli & Shayne


Capturing moments that happen throughout the wedding day is all about timing, positioning, and anticipation. Always being ready and making sure your camera is set up at all times. However, sometimes moments happen so fast that you just simply couldn’t get yourself ready to capture it. It happens to all of us.

In this image, we had seen our groom standing with his arm over his bride looking out towards the dinner party and as we moved to get into position – he changed. He dropped his arm and was about to head off somewhere. That moment we saw was definitely one we kicked ourselves for missing.

But to our fortune, the groom turned towards us and caught our eyes. We signaled to him to put his arm back on his bride as he did a moment ago and without hesitation, he fell right back into that position. While this moment could be seen as “staged”, the truth is – it did happen. We just took it upon ourselves to find a way to capture it.
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GentleHolding Each otherNatural

“[very softly and while looking directly at our groom] Could you just put your arm back around {bride} like you were just doing? perfect!”
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Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedMid Range


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

Soft LightWindow LightNatural LightIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/400 f/2.2 ISO 1000 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

This image was edited with

M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment Finland

Private Home

Helsinki, Finland

Final tips & Advice

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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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