Photographed by Melli & Shayne


This wedding probably had the most epic, most non-stop party & party crowd we’d ever seen. The day was full of energy, full of dancing, full of everything – except those calm moments between the couple where they could just breathe and be with each other. And that’s where the couple shoot can really be a good experience for your couple.

As much as we knew they were the party type of people, we could also see that they are the type that appreciates those calm moments. With that, we wanted to give them their space to have just that. Their calm moment. There wasn’t much to this shot. There wasn’t much of anything really – but what it portrays and means to the couple is worth more than what we’ll fully grasp.

As photographers, we can find ourselves only being a ‘reporter’ of the day as it happens, but we can influence our couples. Even slightly. Finding these spots to allow them to have that moment together can really be so special to them as they may never have found the chance otherwise. With all their friends and family around of course. Allow your couple space to breathe. Let them be.
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CalmHolding Each otherIntimate

“Alright, guys, we want you to have your own moment. Your own quiet moment. [Groom], just stand here looking out towards the sunset, and [Bride], come in behind him and cuddle onto his shoulder. Gently rest your chin there and for now – forget about us. Forget the pictures. Forget everything. Just be with each other. Feel each other. We’re going to be shooting from back there so really, don’t mind us. “
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Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedMid Range

Sometimes rules need to be broken. The best piece of advice is to just try. Take a few safe shots and then move onto something a little more experimental.


Single Point Focused on The Groom Live View Continuous
Light & Weather

Soft LightDirectional LightNatural LightCloudyAfternoon

Equipment & EXIF

1/640 f/2.5 ISO 250 WB Auto


Canon R5


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Additional Equipment

Canon EF RF Adapter


Adobe Lightroom Classic The Protea Presets

This image was edited with

The Protea Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Garden / Field Italy

Masseria San Giovanni

Masseria San Giovanni, 72015 Fasano, BR, Italy

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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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