Photographed by Melli & Shayne


As we are huge huge fans of trying new things; even if they end up not working at all, we jumped with excitement when we heard that our couple wanted to try to take some pictures during the night with some fire lanterns. We knew that we’d be facing incredibly challenging situations but that only fueled our excitement more. We were all aware that there’s a 90% chance that it won’t turn out as good as we all hoped, but no one minded and everyone was just keen to try something.

Managing expectations, especially when you’re experimenting, is absolutely key. It just keeps the couple in the loop that potentially this specific shot may not actually meet the ‘quality’ to be delivered. And in our case, while not going to win any awards, we are pretty stoked about it. It was a bit tricky to figure out a pose that worked with the fire lanterns, and looking back at the set of images – the ones where we had the couple calmly snuggled up to each other were the ones that spoke more to us.
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“guys, stand real close to each other and keep the lanterns just to the side and slightly up. Now, I want you to bring your heads together and turn them downwards slightly. Imagine you’re just snuggling into each other. Very gently. Very softly. And close your eyes. Listen to the wind, the waves, fire”
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When working in such situations, try and look at the image from a distance and see the shapes it creates when it’s all abstracted. That can help you find a different or more interesting composition.


Single Point Focused on the Brides hair Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather


Equipment & EXIF

1/200 f/2 ISO 20,000 WB Auto


Canon R6


Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic The Protea Presets

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The Protea Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Cliffs Portugal

Praia De Albandeira Em Lagoa

Estr. de Albandeira, 8400-403 Lagoa, Portugal

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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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Everyone fails. It’s how you take it that will separate you from the rest. Failure is a lesson. And knowledge is a win.

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