Photographed by Melli & Shayne


When we travelled to Cape Town, we had no intention of actually shooting. We wanted / needed a good old holiday and break from the wedding season and wanted to just wind down with a glass of wine overlooking the gorgeous views. But theres the thing – Cape Town is unbelievably stunning.

It didn’t take us long to feel every inch of our body & soul craving to take pictures there. With every corner we turned, our inspiration lit up. We eventually succumbed to our inner desires and said lets just shoot one little project.

We met a good looking couple, asked if they were keen to shoot with us (turned out they were models), found a dress supplier and a florist as well as a makeup artist all within a day or two. Sure, it was a bit of work – but we came home with some of our absolute favourite images. We had no idea the sky was going to explode with this sunset.
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CalmHolding Each otherAlmost Kiss

“Bring your hand up to the back of his head and bring your foreheads together. Close your eyes and really snuggle into each other. You can even sway slightly, like a slow dance just to get some movement. There you go! Perfect!”
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Center FramedWideFull BodyNatural Frames

Shoot wider if you want to include more of the environment. But make sure it’s adding to the image and won’t take away too much attention.


Single Point Focused on The Couple Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightDirectional LightNatural LightSunset

Equipment & EXIF

1/320 f/1.4 ISO 100 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

This image was edited with

M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions


Mountains South Africa

Signal Hill

Signal Hill, Cape Town, South Africa

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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