Photographed by Melli & Shayne


When we traveled to Zanzibar for a holiday, we didn’t really plan on shooting too much while we were there. In fact, we even hesitated to bring our cameras as we really wanted/needed a break after a hectic wedding season. But, we brought one each just … just in case.

Well, we were pretty stoked that we did. We met this couple at the Surf school and immediately thought they’d be awesome to be in front of our lenses. We had already met them a few days before, and so it was quite easy to just walk up and ask if they’d be keen to go for a little shoot one sunset. They totally went for it.

When we were walking through the village, we found this opening just as the sun was about to hide behind the distant houses and it let out this stunning golden flare. We seized the moment and let our couple play right here in this spot before moving on.
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“Guys the light here is stunning. [guy], hang tight just where you are and [Girl], if you came in from the side and embraced him while having your hand on his chest (demonstrated it to them) and the other around his neck. That’ll look stunning! And just enjoy that moment together – even whisper something to each other that will make you smile. “
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Light & Weather

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Equipment & EXIF

1/400 f/2 ISO 400 WB Auto


Canon 5D mark IV


Canon 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

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Roots Presets

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Village Tanzania

Paje Village

Paje, Zanzibar, Tanzania

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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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