Do u need to perform a ritual to amass the amount of energy required for the spell? Or can you get the right energy u need to get it to work. I dont use rituals and almost every spell i casted has worked.
A photo is a captured memory in the act of burning it means you may be trying to give up the memory or you are asking that the memories are taken from you or that person. When dealing with memories you are disrupting fait. As memories revolve around situations that influence decisions and the way we make choices in the future and how them choices affect other living beings and so on. Much like casting a stone into a pond and watching the ripples and taking one of the ripples distorting the pattern of when they hit the water bank.
Situation one to give: One person can say to another "here I give you my foot" but the person giving does not amputate her foot so the other person must take it. while It was given it was not freely given in order to freely give you a sever all ties.
Situation two, have taken: something will not take for you or from you unless it holds value to the taker or you give something of value in return.
If you are not working with memories I will suggest using a part of that person and buy part I mean a part of their body most common parts our hair and nail clippings. Hair will burn easily as for nail clippings you would have to prepare them by cutting them into thin slivers and bundling them or attaching them to the match itself. When working with body parts will be much more effective if it was given. One way is to ask with out words. by purchasing a brush or clippers and setting it somewhere for them to take by their own free will is a suggested trade. By taking and using, they are excepting your offer meaning they will sever all ties to this part allowing you to freely have them.
I don't believe that photographs hold actual memories and burning them destroys fate and the memory itself; however pictures taken do probably hold the energy that surrounded the scene where the picture was taken.
Most spells fail because the person casting them worries too much over whether they did it right enough. This is a doubt which then sets up the spell to fail. If the spell requires you to burn something in 3 matches; modify the spell to your liking. Recreate it and believe that you are allowed to burn it in as much matches as you please as long as it has been burned. Not only does this destroy the barrier you believed halted you from accomplishing the spell, but now it has been more personal to you, and your desire to make it happened allows the universe more wiggle room to allow you to be successful.